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5-star LB Anthony Hill commits to Texas A&M

Five-star linebacker Anthony Hill said Saturday he’ll play his college football for Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M.

Hill is the No. 1 linebacker and the No. 15 overall player in the Class of 2023, as ranked by the 247Sports composite. He announced his commitment with a video posted to Twitter.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect is from Denton, Texas. He chose the Aggies over finalist Texas, and he was pursued by major programs that included Oklahoma, Alabama, Miami and Southern California.

“Just being able to play SEC football in Texas and of course that D-line and defense,” Hill told 247Sports about why he chose the Aggies. “I always liked A&M. They were one of the first schools to offer me and looking at them it got better throughout time.”

In his junior season in 2021, Hill had 131 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two touchdowns scored on turnovers, per 247Sports.

Texas A&M finished the 2022 recruiting cycle with the No. 1 class in the nation in the 247Sports rankings. The class includes eight five-star prospects.

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Jimbo Fisher moves on, has ‘great respect’ for Nick Saban

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday that he has moved on from his public spat with Nick Saban and maintains “great respect for him.”

Fisher made the comments during his SEC Media Days appearance in Atlanta, perhaps putting to bed the fierce back-and-forth that began in May when Saban said Fisher had “bought every player” with NIL deals.

“Listen, we’re great. Two competitive guys that go at it. We all learn from things we do in our business. Two competitive guys on a topic that is very — everywhere, as they say,” Fisher said.

“I have great respect for Nick. Unfortunately, our thing went public. Sometimes that happens in this world. Nothing is private anymore, is it?” Fisher added.

It was a far cry from Fisher’s initial response to Saban’s remarks made in Birmingham, when he told a gathering that A&M “bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness.”

Fisher went ballistic the next day in a hastily called press conference, calling Saban a narcissist who thinks he’s God, adding that somebody should have slapped him when he was little. Fisher said he was done with Saban and refused to take his calls.

Saban repeatedly apologized for singling out Texas A&M — and others — though he didn’t back down from his point about the wild west nature of NIL deals.

“We all learn from him. We all will learn, like I say, he will learn, hopefully I learn from things we do and say, and we move on from there. But I have great respect for him and their program like always,” Fisher said Thursday.

Texas A&M opens the season at home against Sam Houston State on Sept. 3. The Aggies visit Alabama on Oct. 8.

Fisher guided the team to an 8-4 record last season and is 34-14 through four seasons in College Station, including 3-0 in bowl games.

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Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith facing DWI, gun charges

Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith was arrested early Wednesday by campus police on charges of driving while intoxicated, unlawful carrying of a weapon and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

According to Brazos County authorities, officers found a loaded pistol and a single rolled joint in Smith’s vehicle after they pulled him over for speeding just after 2 a.m.

Smith, a rising senior and Aggies leader who was scheduled to appear at SEC Media Days in Atlanta on Thursday, had not yet posted bond as of Wednesday morning.

Smith caught 47 passes for 509 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games in 2021. In three seasons in College Station, he has 112 catches for 1,321 yards and 15 scores.

–Field Level Media

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Report: A&M asked SEC to consider suspending Nick Saban

Texas A&M beseeched the SEC to consider fining and suspending Alabama coach Nick Saban for publicly stating that the Aggies “bought every player” through NIL deals, On3 reported Monday.

The website says it obtained communications between Texas A&M and the SEC on May 19 through an open records request. Texas A&M sent an email and had multiple phone conversations with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey the morning after Saban’s infamous comments, On3 reported.

“We expect the league to take strong, public action against Coach Saban and the University of Alabama to demonstrate that such unprofessionalism and disrespect for Texas A&M’s student-athletes, coaches, and the university as a whole, will not be tolerated,” read the email sent by A&M athletics director Ross Bjork and co-signed by university president Katherine Banks.

“A public apology from Coach Saban to Coach Fisher, Aggie Football, and Texas A&M University is a good starting point, but the league should also consider monetary and participation penalties against Coach Saban,” the email stated, per On3.

Sankey was working on a reprimand of Saban but added A&M coach Jimbo Fisher to it after the latter’s press conference, when he said “somebody should have slapped” Saban, among other jabs.

Saban’s incendiary comments came May 18 during an event with more than 100 business leaders in Birmingham, Ala. Saban made the initial comments to point out that the wild-west nature of NIL deals for players is not sustainable. And he took aim at Texas A&M’s recruiting class, ranked No. 1 in the country.

“I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,” Saban said. “We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness.

Saban has since apologized multiple times for singling out A&M — as well as Jackson State and Miami — during his speech.

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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban meet at midfield after their game in College Station, Texas, in 2019.

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Jimbo Fisher: Just 1 early signee at Texas A&M has NIL deal

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher continued to deny that his program’s incoming players were “bought” via name, image and likeness deals.

Fisher said in an interview with a San Antonio TV station that most of the Aggies’ 11 early enrollees do not have an NIL deal in place, pushing back on the notion initially espoused by Alabama coach Nick Saban that Fisher “bought every player” on his team.

“I just researched this,” Fisher said in the KSAT interview, which was recorded last Friday and aired Sunday night. “Of the 11 guys we have in place that came early? One guy has an NIL deal. So all these stories you’re hearing are complete lies.”

Saban set off a firestorm when he told business leaders at an event in Birmingham, Ala., that without regulations for NIL, coaches at competing programs would be able to “buy” any player, likening it to free agency without a salary cap.

“A&M bought every player on their team — made a deal for name, image, likeness. We didn’t buy one player, all right?” Saban said. He later apologized for singling out Texas A&M and other programs.

Fisher responded last Thursday, defending his program and calling Saban a “narcissist.”

“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said. “Go dig into how God did his deal, you may find out about a lot of things that you don’t want to know. We build (Saban) up to be the czar of college football. Go dig into his past.

“I just know that what we did was nothing wrong. Not done the wrong way. Nothing was promised. Nothing was a deal. And we didn’t buy any players,” Fisher added. “You can call me anything you want to call me, you don’t call me a cheat. I don’t cheat. I don’t lie.”

Fisher also told KSAT that he did not plan to talk with Saban about his remarks, which he initially made clear at his press conference Thursday.

–Field Level Media

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher andAlabama head coach Nick Saban chat at midfield before the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday September 22, 2018.

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Nick Saban: Texas A&M ‘bought every player on team’

Alabama coach Nick Saban called out Texas A&M and two other schools during a speech for leveraging name, image and likeness (NIL) deals to attract players, adding that the Aggies “bought every player on their team.”

Saban’s incendiary comments came Wednesday night during an event with more than 100 business leaders in Birmingham, Ala.

Saban made the comments to point out that the wild-west nature of NIL deals for players is not sustainable. And he took aim at Texas A&M’s recruiting class, ranked No. 1 in the country.

“I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,” Saban said at an event for July’s World Games in Birmingham. “We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness.

“We didn’t buy one player, all right? But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”

Saban also called out Jackson State and Miami basketball.

“Hell, read about it in the paper. Jackson State paid a guy $1 million last year that was a really good Division I player to come to the school,” Saban said, referring to five-star prospect Travis Hunter who flipped from Florida State to the HBCU school coached by Deion Sanders.

“It was in the paper, and they bragged about it. Nobody did anything about it. I mean, these guys at Miami that are going to play basketball there for $400,000, it’s in the newspaper. The guy tells you how he’s doing it.”

Saban was referring to Nijel Pack, who transferred from Kansas State to Miami and then inked a $400,000 NIL deal with LifeWallet.

Sanders responded on Twitter, calling Saban’s assertion about Hunter a lie.

–Field Level Media

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Former Eagles, Falcons DL Ed Jasper dies at 49

Defensive lineman Ed Jasper, who played nine seasons in the NFL with three different teams, died Friday at 49, the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph reported.

No cause of death was reported.

Jasper played four seasons at Texas A&M and was a member of the 1993 team that was ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation. He was in the Aggies program when it transitioned from the Southwest Conference to the Big 12 in 1996.

Drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round in 1997, Jasper played 17 games over his first two seasons with Philadelphia. He followed with six seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, including starts in all 16 games in 2002. He finished his NFL career in 2005 with the then-Oakland Raiders.

In 118 career NFL games (60 starts), Jasper recorded 250 tackles and had 17 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and had four fumble recoveries.

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Texas A&M OL Luke Matthews medically retires

Texas A&M offensive lineman Luke Matthews is medically retiring from football, head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed.

Matthews, from Missouri City, Texas, was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018. He redshirted that season, played in 11 games in 2019 and missed all of the 2020 season with injuries.

Shoulder surgery ended his 2021 season after one game.

He is part of an NFL family.

His father, Bruce Matthews, is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his older brother, Jake, was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Atlanta Falcons after a career at Texas A&M. Older brothers Kevin and Mike also were offensive linemen with the Aggies.

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Reports: Texas A&M WR Demond Demas arrested, suspended

Texas A&M suspended wide receiver Demond Demas following his arrest on a charge of assault family violence, according to reports Wednesday.

The Houston Chronicle reported Demas’ arrest. He is alleged to have had a physical altercation with his girlfriend, who says he pushed her head into the wall, lifted her from the bed and threw her on the floor, according to a probable cause statement obtained by the Chronicle from the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office.

“The injury caused bleeding, loose teeth, swelling and a hole to the bottom of the lip,” per the report.

A university spokesperson confirmed to 247Sports that Demas no longer is with the team.

“Demond Demas has been suspended by the University,” the spokesperson said. “Athletics is following all University protocols and procedures and he is not with our football program.”

Demas was a five-star prospect in the Class of 2020 — the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver and the No. 25 overall prospect, as ranked by the 247Sports composite.

As a redshirt freshman in 2021, Demas appeared in eight games and caught 15 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies.

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Top 2023 DL prospect Lebbeus Overton reclassifies to ’22

Five-star prospect Lebbeus Overton, the No. 1-ranked defensive lineman in the Class of 2023, is reclassifying to the 2022 class.

As a result, he will enroll in a college this spring.

Overton, who played at Milton High School in Milton, Ga., announced his decision Thursday morning and listed the five schools he is considering: Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oregon and Ohio State.

His parents said he is ready for college a year early.

“He’s a 4.0 kid, he has been taking AP classes and so he’s got quite a few college credits already and was already in position to graduate this spring,” Overton’s father, Milton, told ESPN. “I would say just the last month or two, he kind of evaluated things after football season. His coach left, there are very few seniors left on the team … he wants to play for a championship.”

The 247Sports composite lists Overton as the No. 3 player in the Class of 2023, trailing quarterbacks Arch Manning — nephew of Peyton and Eli –and Malachi Nelson. Manning is undecided; Nelson has committed to Southern California.

Four of the five schools on Overton’s list — Oregon excluded — finished among the top eight in recruiting classes at the conclusion of National Signing Day on Tuesday. Texas A&M had the top class with seven five-star prospects and 19 four-stars among its 29 commits.

–Field Level Media