DT Rob Zimmerman chooses Texas A&M

Commitment No. 27 for Texas A&M comes in the form of a 6-foot-3, 320-pound lineman ready to show his worth in the SEC.

Junior college defensive lineman Rob Zimmerman (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) on Wednesday said he has verbally committed to play for A&M, becoming the Aggies 27th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Zimmerman, a nose guard for Hutchinson, said Nebraska and West Virginia also were on his radar.

“It’s the SEC. It’s the best football,” Zimmerman said of choosing A&M. “When they made that move, they were the only school really showing me love, so I had to show the love back. A&M told it to me straight, so I had to take it.”

Recruited by linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt, Zimmerman was a standout at Sumter (S.C.) High before joining Hutchinson. He recorded 35 tackles and a sack his senior season, graduating from Sumter in 2011. He played in the North-South All-Star Football Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as a senior.

What A&M will get is a player who has put on roughly 30 pounds since high school. Zimmerman is looking to impress coaches – and opponents – with his deceptive quickness off the ball.

“I’m big,” he said, “but I like to run and chase the ball. I’m pretty fast for my size.”

Zimmerman becomes the fifth defensive tackle to commit to the Aggies. He also becomes the first junior college player to commit.