Luke Joeckel left Texas A&M after the 2012 season and was the No. 2 player selected in the 2013 NFL draft. The player who replaced Joeckel at left tackle, Jake Matthews, stayed for his senior season and is expected to be a Top-10 selection in the 2014 NFL draft.
The player viewed as Matthews’ replacement is considered to be a first- or second-round talent and would be draft eligible as well. It appears, though, Cedric Ogbuehi is going to pull a Matthews and finish out his collegiate eligibility in College Station.
The right tackle (for now) made it very clear in a recent interview with 12th Man Magazine that he will eschew an early leap to the NFL and return to the Aggies for his senior season.
“I plan to come back next season and make the move to left tackle for my senior year,” Ogbuehi said. “That’s my future position, so I want to do like Jake did and come back and play left tackle. I’d love to be a part of something like what Luke did and what Jake has a chance to do.
“I would like to go as high as possible (in the draft). That would be a great thing for A&M and the future recruiting, too. It would show all the young linemen out there what can happen if you come to Texas A&M. It was also really cool to see Luke win the Outland. Hopefully, Jake gets that award this year and, of course, I’d love to have that chance as a senior. That would be cool for A&M.”
After starting all 13 games at offensive guard as a redshirt sophomore in 2012, Ogbuehi moved over to right tackle to replace Matthews, who moved to left tackle to replace Joeckel. All told in his A&M career, the 6-5, 300-pound Ogbuehi has started 25 of the 29 games in which he’s played.
(Tip O’ the Cap: Dallas Morning News)