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Potential overall No. 1 pick Luke Joeckel leaving Aggies

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Both literally and figuratively, Texas A&M has suffered a significant loss heading into its first full offseason as a member of the SEC.

Following up on speculation that’s been running rampant in recent weeks and increased in intensity the past couple of days, offensive tackle Luke Joeckel officially confirmed that he’s foregoing his senior season for the NFL.  While he had been leaning toward an early NFL leap, a final decision by the talented lineman wasn’t made until today.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Joeckel said in a statement. “I have thought long and hard and visited with my family and coaches. I feel it is in my best interest to come out. I appreciate all that Texas A&M has done for me and my family. It is tough to leave a great group of coaches and players, including my twin brother Matt. I know they will have a great season in 2013 and I will remain their biggest fan. … One thing that is certain, I am an Aggie and will always be an Aggie.”

Joeckel was a first-team All-American and All-SEC selection in 2012, named the winner of the Outland Trophy as well as the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy given annually to the top lineman in the conference.  From the first game of his true freshman season through the Aggies’ bowl win earlier this year, he started every game, 39 in all, at left tackle.

He’s considered one of a handful of players who could potentially be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

“Luke is projected to be one of the top players selected in the overall draft,” Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We appreciate everything he has done for Aggie football and Texas A&M and wish him well in the NFL.”

Just 27 hours shy of receiving his degree, Joeckel said in the release that he has “every intention of finishing as soon as possible.”

The Aggies are still awaiting an official decision from Jake Matthews, the other half of the best tackle combination in college football

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11 Responses to “Potential overall No. 1 pick Luke Joeckel leaving Aggies”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 8, 2013 3:07 PM

    Ouch… That hurts.

    I never get mad at players for leaving early though… the risk is too great and you never get that money back… Good luck to him and I’ll be a fan of his team every week they’re not playing the Texans.

    Hopefully Matthews will stay. It’s gonna bee hard to sustain this years success for the Aggies without these two guys…

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    A&M is really starting to represent in the NFL.

    Von Miller a couple of years ago went #2
    Tannehill last year in the top 10
    and Joekel and Moore this year will both be top 10 guys.

  3. kcrobert10 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    As a chiefs fan we should take him number 1 the only other guy I would even entertain is star loutilli of Utah. Again as I said last night please aj mccarron declare we would love to have u in Andy Reids system. What else do u have to accomplish at Alabama. You look like a number 1 pick to me.

  4. mungman69 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:08 PM

    Yea, time for him to head to the NFL. His stock will never be higher than it is right now. You go to college to learn how to make a living.

  5. vegasdestroyer says: Jan 8, 2013 4:51 PM

    E A G L E S.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:58 PM

    Go now and take the money or stay and win the NC. Humm???? decisions, Decisions.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 8, 2013 5:30 PM

    @thefiesty1

    I know it hurts to lose a guy that good, but there’s no decision…. take the money. Tear that ACL because a D tackle falls on the back of your knee and you just lost $20MM. Or pull a Matt Leinart/Matt Barkley and stay, not get injured, have so/so seasons and fall out of the first round…

    Take the money. If I am Jake Matthews… and smart people are telling me I’m a first rounder… take the money!

    I wanted them to stay as much as the next Aggie because for the first time I can remember… the Aggies have a LEGITIMATE shot at the NC next year, but its WAY too big of a risk for them to stay.

  8. niubears says: Jan 8, 2013 7:43 PM

    Trade up Bears!

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 8, 2013 8:33 PM

    Rumor is Jake is coming back. He will move to LT, his brother will play center.

    Gonna really miss Joeckel. He he was great. It will be interesting to see if Sumlin develops O Lineman over an extended period of time. Mike Sherman built this race car of a team and then gave the keys to Sumlin. Sherman didn’t win enough, but he sure did have an eye for talent.

  10. 1historian says: Jan 8, 2013 8:55 PM

    Take the money. There is no franchise QB this year and any GM who knows what he is doing will build the line first.

    Games are won and lost up front – always have been always will be.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 9, 2013 12:05 PM

    Yeah I hear Jake is going to return…. That helps… A lot!

    Yeah Sherman built this team but Sumlin took it to new heights… I don’t know that Sumlins been anywhere long enough to “build” a team. Most of his success has come on previous coaches recruiting classes. He seems to be doing pretty well on the trail right now but will these guys manifest into first round talent like the guys Sherman went out and got.

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