Reggie Chevis focused on getting better

HOUSTON -- In his team's 22-12 season-opening win over Houston Sterling, Texas A&M commitment and Houston Sharpstown linebacker Reggie Chevis spent a lot of time chasing as the Raiders ran away from the 6-foot-2, 240-pound four-star recruit.

The result was a modest, yet still productive stat line and a bit of frustration for the energetic Chevis, who had six tackles, one for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.

But his Apollos got the win, which was ultimately all that mattered to Chevis.

"It's definitely a good feeling when you win, but it's also a good feeling when you know you've got more things to work on," Chevis said. "I feel we definitely have a lot of things to work on."

Individually, Chevis feels he can make more of an impact even if opposing offenses game plan for him and run away from him.

"I feel like I can be better in my pass coverage," Chevis said. "And I have to find a way to still get around the ball even if they don't run (my direction). I have to find a way to still go get the football, whoever has it. I don't care if it's a 50-yard bomb. I have to go find a way to go tackle them."

He also knows the strategy taken by Sterling is a sign of respect.

"It's very frustrating but I like that because it lets me know that I'm respected and I'm feared," Chevis said. "So that's always a good thing."

As for the Aggies, Chevis still feels strongly about them. He says he continues to keep in touch with running backs coach Clarence McKinney and linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt, and he even donned a Texas A&M "12th Man" towel while on the field on Thursday.

Chevis will be among the many in attendance at the Aggies' home opener against Florida on Saturday.

"I'll definitely be in College Station that day," he said.