June 12, 2008

Aggie commit Middleton catching on fire

Texas A&M got a surprise at the end of May when Charleston (SC) Porter Gaud small forward Khris Middleton became the second commit in the class of 2009 for the Aggies. The choice to make his decision came not only as a surprise to the Aggies but also to the other high-major programs that were chasing the late-blooming senior-to-be.

A&M had just offered the 6-foot-7, 205-pound Rivals.com three-star prospect and it was followed quickly by one from South Carolina. Oklahoma, Michigan, Marquette, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech were all expected to follow shortly thereafter, but an unofficial visit to A&M a few weeks earlier sealed the deal for Middleton. He said that he knew from that trip that he wanted to be an Aggie.

It wasn't that long ago, however, that Middleton wasn't on the radar of most high-major school. He has offers from local mid-major schools such as Charlotte, St. Joseph's and High Point, but that was when Middleton has a 6-foot-4 and scrawny guard. Three inches, some added weight and a mind-boggling offensive game shot Middleton up the charts in a hurry.

The reason for the late surge, however, isn't to do with anything new in his game. Instead, it's just nature. Middleton is young for his grade at only 16-years old the summer before his senior season, and he will graduate from high school as a 17-year old.

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