Spring 2019: A&M focusing hard on Tompkins 2021 prospects
Listening to Katy-Tompkins 2021 defensive end Tunmise Adeleye, it’s easy to forget that he’s not a grizzled rising senior on his Falcons team. Just the same, he’s established himself as one of its top talents, and knows that setting an example for his teammates comes along with that.
“Spring football is just about focusing on the young guys - getting them out on the varsity field because they’re going to be new this year,” he said. “Getting them acclimated, getting them ready for the upcoming season is what we’re working on.”
Adeleye hasn’t taken many spring recruiting visits, but said that he has some ambitious summer travel plans. Teams around the southeast will get the first look from him once he hits the road, but he’s also looking to make it back to Aggieland as well. His last visit to Texas A&M was in February for the program’s Super Bowl junior day event.
“I’ve been taking things slow, I’m going to be out in the summer taking those visits,” he said. “Auburn, Alabama, Miami, Florida and Florida State are the schools right now that I have locked in for those and I am going to try and make it back to Texas A&M and Texas.”
The Aggies are among the teams that he said are recruiting him hardest this spring - a list that also includes Auburn, Florida and Oklahoma - but Miami could end up being a dark horse for him. He said that since the Hurricanes offered him earlier this year, they’ve been pining to have him back out for another visit.
“The first time I went out to Miami, they offered me, so they want to get me back down on campus,” he said. “Florida State has been adamant about getting me and Jalen [Milroe] on campus together. Auburn said that I’m at the top of their board, so they really want me to come and see everything.”
Texas A&M has done well to let Adeleye know that he is a top priority to the staff and is working hard to stay a step ahead of the out-of-state programs that are looking to steal him away. Defensive tackles coach Elijah Robinson visited Adeleye when Tompkins began spring practices and defensive ends coach Terry Price made a stop by to watch him last Friday.
“Everything’s going really good; Coach Price and Coach Rob [Robinson] are both really good guys,” he said. “Coach Price, I talk with him regularly - about once a week - and we just chop it up. He wants me to come back up to campus and that’s about it. He’s a great guy.”
Quarterback Jalen Milroe part of the deal
Quarterback Jalen Milroe is another 2021 prospect that has college programs including Tompkins on their list of schools to stop by when trolling through the Houston area.
While he’s already enticed a number of teams to offer him on his own, Adeleye has been outspoken about his desire to play with him at the next level. Milroe is expected to join him on the Florida swing of visits this summer and, as Adeleye said, the Seminoles have shown particular interest in the quarterback.
Milroe said that from his perspective, the Aggies have been keen on having them both in next year’s signing class, even though he is still waiting on his offer from them.
“We haven’t got that offer together yet, but we plan on going to school together,” he said. “We’ve had a strong relationship since fifth grade and we’re looking at playing together if we can.”
When Robinson and Price made their appearances at Tompkins, they were sure to have a look at Milroe as well. He said that right now, the plan is for him to come to one of A&M’s summer camps to throw for the staff and help entice head coach Jimbo Fisher to finally come through with that offer.
“Coach Rob and Coach Price came here and sent some notes back to A&M about what they like of me and what they saw of me,” he said. “They want me to come and visit for a camp up there but they’ve been liking what they’ve been seeing and they like my tape so far.”
Beyond A&M, Milroe added that Baylor, Duke, LSU, Northwestern, Oregon and Texas are all teams that have expressed interest in him and would like to see him throw. Otherwise, Milroe chose to visit Arizona last month for the Wildcats spring game and gave the experience high marks.
“It was real nice,” he said. I was able to visit the campus and they had a lot of events going on for the spring game so I really got a good look at the atmosphere out there. That was my first time being in Arizona … The people were real nice, real cool - welcoming. I liked the coaching staff, Coach [Noel] Mazzone, I was really building a relationship with them.”
Other A&M recruiting notes
The Aggies staff has been dishing out a number of offers this week. Today, Dallas, Ga. 2021 athlete Smael Mondon Jr. was offered after linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto made a stop at Paulding County High School.
Oak Park 2020 four-star DB/ATH Enzo Jennings added an offer from the Aggies on Wednesday. Jennings is teammates with fellow Oak Park, Mich. target Maliq Carr, who took an official visit to A&M a few weeks ago. Jennings has named a Top 11, but is open to other programs recruiting him.
Owings Mills (MD)-McDonough School 2020 four-star linebacker Curtis Jacobs picked up his offer from A&M on Wednesday as well. He has been committed to Penn State since February 2.
2022 Fort Worth athlete Emeka Megwa was offered by the Aggies along with several other top programs this week, including: Nebraska, Ohio State and Texas. He visited Texas A&M at the end of March.
Detroit, Mich. 2021 offensive lineman Rayshaun Benny, who has been offered recently by Auburn, Boston College and Florida State, was offered by the Aggies on Wednesday.
This weekend is the state track and field meet in Austin, Tex. Texarkana-Pleasant Grove 2021 defensive ends Landon Jackson and Marcus Burris both plan on making a return visit to Aggieland following their participation in the meet. Both made a visit to A&M last month for the Aggies spring game.
The Aggies offered a swath of defensive linemen over the past few days:
2022 prospect Kwan Williams, teammate of Jacobs, added to the number of defensive linemen offered from the northeast on Wednesday. He has also picked up recent offers from Virginia Tech and Maryland.
On May 6, A&M offered a pair of Tennessee defensive linemen in Dallas Walker and Tre’vonn Rybka.