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October 28, 2013For Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna Community College tackle Jermaine Eluemunor, NFL draft potential is the ultimate goal. Simply put the four-star offensive lineman saw his greatest opportunity to make it to the next level at Texas A&M, and so he flipped from Arkansas and verbally committed to the Aggies Monday afternoon.
NFL was the topic of conversation when he received an offer from the Aggies back in February.
"I just picked up an offer from the Aggies," said Eluemunor. "I was talking with Coach (B.J.) Anderson for about a week. He said with Luke Joeckel going to the draft they need someone to come in and take his place. I mean, Joeckel is projected as a top five NFL draft pick and they feel like I am that guy who could come in and help fill his place. Of course, I was real happy. Every offer I get I am really grateful that the coaches believe that I can make a difference in their program."
Even though the Aggies were always high on Eulemunor's list he decided early on in the process that he wanted to verbally commit to UCLA on June 10 only to de-commit from the Bruins and verbally commit to Arkansas. He did not go into details about, but had tweeted out hat the Bruins staff wasn't as "loyal" as he originally thought.
Before he committed to the Razorbacks he had scheduled an official visit to Texas A&M. In the end Eluemunor is looking for the right program for him. Fans are what create great atmospheres, but for him, NFL aspirations are a large part of his final decision.
"I'm not going to a school to make people happy," Eluemunor said. "I'm going because it's the best place for me, and I know that they can help me be the best player in the country and be a top 5 draft pick. That's my goal."
The Aggies recent draft success on the offensive line was a large part of why Eluemunor went through with the A&M visit.
"Yeah (that) and because I've been talking to them since I began my recruiting and this visit was planned a while back."
Jake Spavital has played a large part of getting Eluemunor on board.
"Coach Spavital when he was at West Virgina, was recruiting me hard," said the 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle. "Then when he moved to Texas A&M he showed the coaches my film and the coaches wanted me. Coach Anderson made contact. He said that I would fit in great at A&M, that they needed me and I could do just what Luke Joeckel did for them."
All the Aggies needed was for Eluemunor to visit College Station, and that final step came Saturday.
"The game was crazy! I loved it," said Eluemunor after the Aggies defeated Vanderbilt 56-to-24 Saturday.
"Coach Sumlin is probably the coolest head coach I've met. He's real and he was truthful with me," he said. "They were fired up. Coach Spavtial and Coach Anderson were there too. Coach Spav is cool as hell."
It did not hurt that Luke Joeckel was watching his brother Matt and the Aggies on the sidelines Saturday, reinforcing the recent run of first round successes A&M has enjoyed.
Sunday evening Eluemunor tweeted that he was done taking visits. He told AggieYell that he would know next week what his decision would be. It didn't take that long, as Spavital received a phone call early Monday afternoon from Eluemunor, saying he was ready to switch to the Aggies.
The now-familiar YESSIR! tweet from A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin came at about 12:15 pm.
"Coach was so excited I wanted to be an Aggie," he said on twitter.
Then immediately following Sumlin's tweet Eluemunor tweeted out, "I have decided to flip my commitment to the Aggies for more than one reason. It felt like home and I like where the program is headed. I want to thank all of the coaches at Arkansas for their time, and especially the fans. You guys are awesome. I hope nothing but the best for (Arkansas)."
Eluemunor has flipped twice now throughout his recruitment. What are the chances that it happens again? He addressed that too on twitter.
"I am shutting down my recruitment for good, and will not be taking any call from any other coaches. I am done with my visits. Thank you. Gig Em."
Eluemunor will graduate in December and will have two years at Texas A&M.