June 3, 2010

Aggies still lead for Whitehouse safety

Whitehouse safety Quincy Aldridge received a verbal offer from Texas A&M last December. It was his first offer and even then he had listed the Aggies as one of his favorites after a trip to College Station for a game in October. When he visited A&M during for one of the Aggies' spring practices in late March there was a lot of talk that Aldridge might become the next member of the A&M's class of 2011.

But Aldridge had missed the first five games of the 2009 season due to a knee injury suffered during a scrimmage in August. In addition, he underwent a second surgery on the knee in January and missed the remainder of the basketball season and spring track. As a result, things did not go as planned for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Aldridge.

"They want to see how my backpedal is," Aldridge said on March 29. "If I can't backpedal like I used to, I'll be a SAM. Mainly, they are looking at me as a free safety, but SAM would be my next position."

The A&M staff wanted him to come to a camp on June 6 to see him in person and make a determination not only on whether to formally offer, but also what position to offer him at. That gave Aldridge two long months to rehabilitate his knee and get into shape in time for an opportunity to prove himself to the A&M staff and at last that moment is here.

"I'm trying to get there," Aldridge. "We're making plans right now to get to it. I'm probably going to ride down there with my family. One way or another, I'll make it."
"I haven't talked to them about what they expect from me. I talked to coach Randy Jordan a couple weeks ago and he just said they would see me down there. He didn't say anything else. They told me during the spring that they would see me backpedal to determine if I play free safety or strong linebacker."

Aldridge's recovery has gone well and made the most of March, despite the recent surgery. Even though he was unable to play basketball or run track, Aldridge was cleared by his doctors to resume football-related activities.

"I worked out with the team all spring," he said. "We didn't do anything in pads. We just got everyone used to the plays. I played receiver and free safety and they tried to work me in at running back but my head coach mainly wanted me to focus on safety.

"I liked (running back). I didn't play enough of it during the spring. I played it growing up so I was used to some of it. They are going to try to work me in at it slowly."
Aldridge stated that his only offer continues to be from Notre Dame. He talked to a few schools this spring and like A&M most of them want him to come to a camp although one or two may be close to offering.

"I talked to Illinois, SMU, and Memphis," he said. "Memphis wants me to play receiver. They are the only ones that want me to. Alabama called too. Coach Norvell (Oklahoma) said that they wanted to try to get me to camp. I'll probably go with Trey Metoyer to Oklahoma when he's going up there. The Notre Dame coach saw me work out. I already got an offer so they just want me to come up there. I'll have to plan around when my family members are coming in during the summer to go up there.

"I'm also going to some camps in east Texas. I think SMUs' camp is at Marshall, TCU's is at Kilgore and Baylor's is at Marshall too. I'm thinking about going to camp at Tulsa too. Notre Dame, Alabama, and Baylor have been writing me. Miami has been sending me stuff about their campus. When SMU came down two weeks ago, their defensive coordinator was ready to offer me. Illinois told me that they are thinking that they're going to offer me too. They will make a decision in two weeks."

With the increased attention from schools across the country, Aldridge is not as eager to commit early to the Aggies if A&M finally extended the offer.

"If A&M offers, I probably won't commit on the spot," he said. "It will keep them in the top five of whom I am expecting offers from."

And who are the top 5?

"A&M, Notre Dame, Alabama, Baylor and Miami," Aldridge said. "A&M is probably my top school."

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