Two of Texas A&M's top verbal commitments for the signing class of 2012, running back Davante Bourque and defensive back Darion Monroe both reaffirmed their pledges to the Aggies after a strong courtship from LSU head coach Les Miles. Both players had been rumored to be wavering on their commitments to A&M after receiving some significant attention from the LSU coaching staff. Bourque, in fact, was expected to be in Baton Rouge this weekend attending an LSU camp, but came to College Station instead. LSU has apparently backed off of Monroe after he expressed his disinterest in switching his commitment to the Tigers, citing that he lacked the speed they were looking for.
What is clear is that Sherman is out-working Miles in his own state. Sherman was in on these guys from the get-go and Miles just followed along, hoping to swoop in with a late offer and lure them away from the Aggies, and back to their home state school. This strategy has previously worked quite well for Miles, as he was easily able to hang on to in-state talent in the past, but now that trend is changing. Sherman is laying the groundwork for Texas A&M to become a significant recruiting presence in the state of Louisiana once again--an advantage that could even the playing field for the Aggies and lessen the recruiting gap between them and their chief rivals, Texas and Oklahoma.