Spring 2019: Xavion Alford top A&M target at reloading Shadow Creek
Xavion Alford’s role in the Shadow Creek secondary is even more critical heading into fall than it was last year when the Sharks made a state championship appearance in just their third season.
Since releasing a Top 10 earlier this year, the four-star safety has been one of the main prospects college coaches have been by to see in the past few weeks. Good thing for Texas A&M that defensive coordinator Mike Elko was among them.
“Me and Coach Elko talked for a little while,” he said. “For some reason, they thought that [A&M was] out of the running for me, so we talked about that for a long time. He watched me work out a little bit, he said that he would try and come back soon, but we only have a couple of days left.”
Even though it was important for the Aggies to hear that they are still in good standing with Alford and his recruitment, he said that it’s not crucial that Elko or defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist make it back before Shadow Creek shuts things down for the spring. Alford is confident that he will make a return to College Station this summer and reminded that his relationship with current Aggie, Leon O’Neal, is a big motivator in that.
Michigan made stop by the school on Tuesday, Texas came by on Monday, and Alford said that Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oregon and TCU have all been to check-in with him during the spring. He was on the guest list for a recent recruiting event at Texas that ended up being canceled, so planning out his return to Austin was a top priority when safeties coach Craig Naivar had a chance to speak with him.
“They’re always trying to have me out there,” Alford said. “I was supposed to be out there for Jambalaya, but it got canceled … he was just out here asking when I was going to take an official. I told him I have to look at dates and stuff like that.”
Alford said that as far as those officials are concerned, he expects that he’ll take two of them before the end of summer. He plans on taking an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor June 10-12 but said that it’s likely those two officials will be to other out-of-state programs.
“I’m probably just going to post them out of the blue,” he said. “I’m just going to say, I’ll be here this weekend because I’m still working on the dates and all that.”
Possibilities still exist for LSU commit Alec Bryant
Texas A&M never seemed to truly get serious with four-star defensive end/EDGE Alec Bryant before he committed to LSU earlier this spring, but that doesn’t mean the door is closed on that possibility.
Bryant said that neither the Aggies or Longhorns have pushed to stay involved in his recruitment since his commitment, but on a scale of 1-10, he put his willingness to listen to other teams at a 5.
For now, the Miami Hurricanes could be the program that best takes advantage of that. Bryant said that he plans on taking an official visit to Coral Gables early in the season with North Shore inside linebacker Corey Flagg Jr..
“[Miami] just offered me, so they’re coming pretty hard right now,” he said. “They know we have the best players out here.”
2020 ILB Jay Harris planning visits ahead of commitment
Shadow Creek inside linebacker Jay Harris has also enjoyed a nice run of offers during the spring.
After waiting patiently for the past few years for teams to recognize his versatility, he now finds himself with plenty of offers to choose from and official visits to schedule. He said that even though he’s starting fresh when it comes to his list of top schools, he still would like to have a commitment made within the next few months.
“Since I dropped my Top 8, things took off,” he said. “Now I’m up to 23 offers. I deleted that Top 8.”
One of the teams that looks to be in the best shape with him is Kansas State. The Wildcats offered him at the end of April, but he said that his recruitment by cornerbacks coach Van Malone began long before that, and played a big part in his positivity towards the program.
“Before Coach Malone even offered me, we had a good relationship,” he said. “Him offering me made it even better and he’s always kept it real with me.”
Harris said that he also has a good feeling about the direction things are heading with the new staff at Texas Tech and Miami. Both look like they’re on the shortlist of teams that could be next to offer him - and he expects Miami Defensive Coordinator Blake Baker to meet with him when he makes his rounds back in Houston soon.
Otherwise, Harris said that he has had a good experience being recruited by Minnesota. He added that being personally recruited by head coach P.J. Fleck has given the Gophers a ‘75-percent chance’ of hosting him on an official visit this summer.
“Coach Fleck, he sends me a text every day,” he said. “Good morning, good evening, it’s always different but that shows a lot since he’s the head coach. This morning he sent me something about growth and making sure that I always get better.”