Not everyone that Texas A&M was counting on to be at Kyle Field showed up on Saturday, but the Aggies still had a busy weekend when it came to hosting recruits.
Of the 28 commitments in the Aggies' 2013 class, 20 were present for the Florida game. Also present were several Texas A&M 2014 targets, including La Porte (Texas) linebacker Hoza Scott, who called the game day atmosphere at Kyle Field "amazing."
One of the commitments, Auburn (Ala.) High School athlete Cameron Echols-Luper, made his official visit over the weekend. Echols-Luper, who was hosted by Aggies freshman quarterback Matt Davis, was blown away.
"The first visit I had in June or July, I fell in love with it then," Echols-Luper said. "Having Matt show me around and having my mom there, seeing her smile, it made me feel a lot better because I could see that she was pleased with why I committed there. Having somebody like Matt, who is like a big brother to me, we vibe really well. Him showing me around and me getting along with the other players so quickly and easily, it was unbelievable. It's something about the atmosphere and everybody there. It's incredible."
Echols-Luper, who is a three-star recruit and will likely play receiver at Texas A&M, said he could see that the Aggies made a significant impression on the 2014 recruits present as well and that the current commitments tried to show them a good time.
"Looking into their eyes, I could see that they were having the time of their lives," he said. "You get to see it lighting up in their face that this is an unbelievable place. When big plays happen, you can feel how loud it is in that stadium. So why not come to make a big play and get that vibe that you hear on the field just for you?"
Other visitors echoed similar sentiments about what the game day atmosphere offered.
"The trip was great," said Rockwall (Texas) Heath defensive end and Aggies commit Jay Arnold. "The atmosphere was incredible. We didn't get the result that we wanted, but I think that atmosphere was still something really special.
"I don't think there's anything quite like Kyle Field. It's just a complete different experience than any other stadium out there."
One notable 2014 target that was planning to go but didn't make it was Westlake (La.) tight end Jacory Washington. The 6-foot-5, 220 pound tight end is being recruited by the Aggies as a receiver and watched the game from his home.
"I was really impressed even though they didn't get the win," Washington said. "I think A&M in years to come, they're going to be real good."
Washington said he calls the A&M coaches every week. He's being recruited by defensive line coach Terry Price and receivers coach David Beaty.
"My relationship with them is great," Washington said. "I call them every week to talk about football and life."