COLLEGE STATION -- New Texas A&M football coach Mike Sherman had just more than two months to recruit.
Some of that time was spent juggling work as the Houston Texans
That didn't stop him from snagging a solid recruiting class
headlined by Cyrus Gray.
Web site rivals.com calls Gray the best running back in Texas
and the fifth best at his position in the country.
The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Gray ran for 1,975 yards and 28
touchdowns as a senior at DeSoto. That came after a junior season
where he had 1,510 yards rushing for 31 scores.
The Aggies signed Gray and 21 other high school recruits today
-- as well as junior college transfer Matt Moss, a defensive end
from Grossmont Community College.
Sherman took over in late November following Dennis Franchione's
resignation after five tumultuous years.
-- Along with Gray, the Aggies landed Beaumont Central's Derrick
Hall. Hall is said to be one of the fastest players in the state
and can play running back, defensive back and receiver as well as
return kicks and punts.
-- The Aggies also addressed their need to add speed to the
defense with the addition of linebackers Aaron Buckley of Palacios
and Ricky Cavanaugh from Austin LBJ. Buckley was the Class 3A
defensive player of the year and Cavanaugh earned the honor in 4A.