One of two QB Commits for Texas A&M Football Re-Opens His Recruitment Ahead of Early Signing Day
In a move that seemed somewhat inevitable ever since Bobby Petrino parted ways with Texas A&M football, 4-star QB AJ Maddox of Oak Grove high school in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has decommitted from the Aggies. Maddox, who measures 6'1" and 165 lbs., is rated as a composite 4-star and the 427th-ranked player in the nation.
Maddox was one of two quarterback pledges in the Aggies' class, with the other being Miles O'Neill out of New Jersey. The two have very different play styles, but both project well at the next level. O'Neill, for his part, has stuck to his pledge and plans on inking with the Aggies when early signing day rolls around.
Petrino was the primary recruiter for Maddox, which is why this decision was not a surprise to Texas A&M football fans. It appeared that Mississippi State had been making a strong push for Maddox not too long ago, but the Aggies were able to pull him back in at that point. Once Petrino departed, however, the writing was on the wall.
A recent visit to Ole Miss garnered a lot of buzz for Maddox from the crystal-ball recruiting types. Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports entered a prediction for Maddox to flip to the Rebels while he was on his visit to Oxford, before he had even backed off his pledge to the Aggies. I would anticipate that is indeed where Maddox ends up signing in less than a week.
For the Aggies, while they are more than satisfied with the type of prospect they are getting in O'Neill, they will continue to push for another QB to add to this class. The top name there is doubtless that of the 5-star from nearby Willis, Texas, Derek "DJ" Lagway. Lagway has been committed to Florida for quite some time, and is currently visiting the Gators, but it would be quite a statement for the Aggies to flip the longtime UF commit. We'll be keeping a close eye on how that one pans out.