Now that Josh Reynolds is gone, and most of the other Aggie receivers from last year, true freshman Jhamon Ausbon will be the man on the outside this year. Standing at almost 6-foot-3 and weighing 225 pounds, Ausbon has excellent size and plays plenty aggressive.
Along with fellow true freshman Kellon Mond, Ausbon played his senior year of high school football at the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida. Ausbon was going to play his college football at LSU until his quarterback convinced him to come to the Lone Star state.
The young talent has the ability to burst onto the scene this season for multiple reasons. For one, he’s going to get multiple opportunities as a starter. The SEC has been known to produce some solid defensive backs in the past. If Ausbon can succeed against them like he succeeded in high school, then the NFL will come calling ASAP.
Teams will be focused on Christian Kirk and Trayveon Williams a lot this year, opening more windows for Ausbon on the outside. Even when the Aggies do feed the ball to Williams and senior running back Keith Ford, Ausbon will be able to use his size and show off some blocking abilities that NFL scouts drool over.
The deep threat the Aggies needed
Where Ausbon may be utilized the most though, is in the red zone and deep down the field. His ability to go up and get the ball is Calvin Johnson-like. His vertical and strong hands make him a huge mismatch one on one. He’s going to make whoever is playing quarterback look awful good. A jump ball against a sub six-foot defender shouldn’t be an issue for him in the end zone.
If anything, he could be just a tick faster but other than that, I think Ausbon could be the next big thing on campus. With an arsenal that full, it’s going to be hard to completely take him out of the game. 2017 could be the year of number two.