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December 4, 2012Texas A&M's 2013 class continues to pick up steam with the commitment of four prospects over the past week including Fork Union Military Academy four star JaQuay Williams. However, it's becoming apparent that the Aggies' class isn't just about quantity. The most recent Rivals 250 came out today and for the most part A&M commits made made big jumps into and within the list.
The two most noteworthy names were Cedar Hill athlete Laquvionte Gonzalez and Manvel receiver Kyrion Parker. Gonzalez was originally a Rivals 250 prospect when the rankings first came out but fell off during the summer. However, a strong senior campaign put him back onto the list. Gonzalez doesn't fit the mold of a traditional wideout or slot because of the way that Cedar Hill uses him but Gonzalez had 141 carries for 1,223 yards (8.67 yards per rush) and an astounding 19 touchdowns on jet sweeps. He added another four touchdowns through the air on 29 receptions which means he scores a touchdown approximately every seven times he touches the ball. He plays faster than he times and can out run people who have angles on him.
Parker is a tall X receiver with great footwork who has the run after catch ability of a smaller player. He averaged about 21 yards a reception on 42 catches this season and scored 14 touchdowns, or one per every three touches.
The largest moves within the list belonged to Southlake Carroll QB Kenny Hill and Dallas Skyline DT Kerrick Huggins. Hill jumped 65 spots to the 136th ranked prospect in the country during a senior season in which he's led Southlake Carroll deep into the playoffs once again. Hill has hit 69% of his passes this season, is averaging over ten yards an attempt, and has a 26:3 touchdown to interception ratio. He's also Southlake's leading rusher with a nine yard per carry average and 28 touchdowns. Under the tutelage of former A&M quarterback Kevin Murray who runs a passing academy in the Dallas area, Hill the footwork and mechanics of a much older player but his decision making (as evidenced by his touchdown to interception ratio) may be the strongest part of his game. Huggins moved up 32 spots to being the 161st ranked prospect in the country. He has the body of a nose tackle but the athleticism of a defensive tackle (he's already had an interception return for a touchdown this season) and offers the versatility of being able to play either spot.
Other members of A&M's 2013 class within the Rivals 250 include Carthage defensive tackle Isaiah Golden, receiver Derrick Griffin of Rosenberg Terry, West Mesquite safety Kameron Miles, Dallas Bishop Dunne offensive lineman Ishmael Wilson, and Edna Karr cornerback Noel Ellis.