Aggies part ways with DT Rob Zimmerman

This season hasn't gone quite as Rob Zimmerman had envisioned.

The Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle wasn't able to play this season because of injuries. Now Zimmerman is looking for a new landing spot after Texas A&M parted ways with the 6-foot-3, 320-pound prospect, who originally committed to the Aggies on July 25.

Zimmerman said the Aggies staff informed him through his head coach, Rion Rhoades, that they no longer have a roster spot for him. Zimmerman said he wasn't too caught off guard by the development.

"I wasn't really that surprised," he said. "I didn't play this year, so that probably was a factor."

Zimmerman said he's still on track to graduate in December, so he's going to begin reaching out to schools that showed interest in him before. That list could include Nebraska, who offered him earlier this year but hasn't contacted him recently, and West Virginia, who showed some interest in the summer as well.

His preference would be to get closer to his hometown. He played high school ball at Sumter (S.C.) High School.

"I'm just going to talk to schools that were talking to me before," Zimmerman said. "I'm trying to get back closer to home down in the Southeast. I hope that works out. If it doesn't, I could go anywhere. There's a wide range of smaller schools that want me. It could be anywhere."

Zimmerman said he holds no hard feelings toward the Aggies. They now have 31 commitments in the 2013 class.

"It's hard, but it's business," he said. "I've got to move on and I appreciate A&M for the opportunity and everything, but I'll just take it to another place. There are no hard feelings. I appreciate them and I appreciate everything they did for me."