Midlands Notebook: CenTex (5/23)

It's been a busy week in Central Texas, with commitments to both the Big 12 and SEC, a top ten list for a four-star safety, new offers, a College Football Hall of Fame induction for a former Waco star running back, and more...

GARNER CHOOSES THE AGGIES: Linebacker Riley Garner will be staying close to home next year, as the College Station A&M Consolidated prospect announced this week that he had committed to Texas A&M.

In a day and age where a "commitment" can easily be broken, it was refreshing to read the following statement, released by Garner's family after he had announced his decision:

We believe the word "commit" means something. Riley will no longer have any obligation to return calls, emails or direct messages on twitter from anybody BUT coaches from Texas A&M. Riley understands he will no longer have a need to attend any camps this summer. He understands he will also not take any official visits after his senior year of football. Unless something dramatic or unforeseen happens at Texas A&M, Riley will remain true to his commitment not to Coach Sumlin but to Texas A&M and the Texas A&M football program.

For more on the commitment, including the Garners' full statement, check out "Aggies Add Local Linebacker" (FREE), a commitment story by Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. For Garner's commitment quotes and more, make sure to read "Commitment Surreal for Garner" ($$) by Midlands recruiting analyst Ahmard Vital.


Baylor LANDS COMMIT #10: On Thursday, news broke that Austin Westlake linebacker and defensive lineman Breckyn Hager had committed to Baylor, giving the Bears their tenth overall commit.

Baylor fans may already be familiar with Hager's name, as his older brother, Bryce Hager, is a star linebacker for the Bears. The younger Hager holds an offer from San Diego State and was actually offered by Oklahoma on Wednesday, but still went ahead and committed to Baylor on Thursday. Bears Illustrated's Kevin Barrera has a full commitment story, complete with Hager's junior highlights: "Breckyn Hager Commits to Bears" (FREE).

After reading, make sure to head over to the Premium Content board and discuss Hager's commitment with other BU fans.


HAUGHTON RELEASES TOP TEN: Some more big news was released on Thursday night, as Waco Midway four-star safety Kahlil Haughton took to Twitter to announce his top ten list: Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, and Texas Tech.

Haughton is one of the area's top uncommitted prospects. For more, including a potential timeline, check out "Haughton Releases Top Ten" (FREE).


OFFERS OUT IN CENTEX: Killeen Shoemaker defensive lineman Kerry Walker has picked up six offers in the past two weeks; the latest arrived on Wednesday night from Texas State. Other offers for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect include Northern Illinois, Utah State, Houston, Tennessee State, and North Texas.

Leander Cedar Park defensive lineman Myles Cheatum picked up his second offer from North Texas this week; the 6-foot-3.5, 250-pound prospect also holds an offer from Louisiana Tech.

Army offered two Cibolo Steele athletes on Tuesday: L.G. Williams lands his first offer at quarterback (and third overall), while receiver Jaylen Harris picked up his first overall. STORY: "First Offer in for Harris" (FREE).


2016 SAFETY PROSPECT TO WATCH?: Scout recruiting analyst Jason Higdon wrote this week that Pflugerville 2016 safety Louis Kelley is one to keep an eye on this summer, as he's starting to garner attention from programs including Texas. Here's a look at his sophomore highlights on HUDL.


LT INDUCTED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HOF: It's not every day that a former Central Texas athlete gets such an honor, but this week, it's official: former Waco University and TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson was named to the College Football Hall of Fame 2014 Class. He took to Twitter to comment.

Tomlinson, who played for the Frogs from 1997-2000, led the nation in rush yards as both a junior and senior and won the Doak Walker award in his final season at TCU.

Tomlinson still holds the NCAA record for single-game rushing yards with 406 versus UTEP in 1999. He left TCU with 5,263 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns.

What's YOUR favorite memory of LT donning Purple and White? Head over to the Blitz Confidential board at Horned Frog Blitz to share and reminisce about Tomlinson's college days with other TCU fans.

Any CenTex recruiting news or information to add? Send it my way at astephan@scout.com or on Twitter @annabelstephan.

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