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July 2, 2006

Szymanski might join Aggies early

One of the top five kicker prospects in the country for the class of 2007 may have a quicker impact at Texas A&M than many originally thought.

Rivals.com has learned that College Station (Texas) A&M Consolidated High School's Matt Szymanski is considering enrolling at A&M a year early in order to be eligible for the Aggies this fall.

However, when A&M Consolidated High School coach Jim Slaughter was reached for comment on Sunday afternoon, he said there might be some uncertainty right now.

"There may be some truth to it," Slaughter said. "The best thing I can tell you is that there is some truth to it, but I have no complete total confirmation on that story yet."

Despite repeated attempts, Szymanski and his family could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Needing only a handful of credits to graduate after his junior year, Szymanski is thought to have taken those classes during the summer in order to bypass his final high school season.

The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder and his family have apparently filed the necessary paperwork with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"It's my understanding, that if this is true, he had to go to some extremes in summer school," Slaughter said. "That's the part that I haven't heard confirmed yet."

Barring Clearinghouse complications or a last-minute change of heart, Szymanski will likely be the starting kicker for the Aggies.

His contributions could be important to an A&M team that lost quarterback Reggie McNeal and intends to rely on a ball-control offense this season.

Szymanski made 19 of 26 field goals as a junior, including one from 61 yards in the state semifinal game against Euless (Texas) Trinity. He was 33-for-33 on extra points and averaged more than 40 yards per punt last season.

Szymanski, who has the athleticism, frame, and ability of a safety, will join the program after the departure of Todd Pegram. Last season, Pegram hit 15 field goals and 41 PAT's for the Aggies.

Szymanski would join a group of A&M kickers that includes sophomore Richie Bean and Layne Neumann. Bean made a 40-yard field goal in the White team's spring game win over the Maroon. Neumann and Bean are currently both scholarship players.

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