July 7, 2010

Aldridge ready for 7-on-7, new offers

Whitehouse athlete Quincy Aldridge and his teammates had been playing two games every Monday night in a round robin format with three other east Texas programs including Tyler Lee and John Tyler. However, their only opportunity to earn a repeat trip to the state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station this summer came when they entered Tyler Lee's 7-on-7 tournament two weeks ago. On the surface, it would seem like Whitehouse was facing an enormous amount of pressure going into the tournament but Aldridge says that's not necessarily the case.

"We had only lost once on Mondays so we didn't feel any pressure going into it," said the 6 foot 2 inch, 185-pound Aldridge. "We had been beating everyone so we felt pretty comfortable with everything. Lee and John Tyler had already qualified somewhere else so we felt like that we had a good chance going in. We won out in our pool and then we won in the semi finals to qualify. We didn't play in the finals because we were too drained."

Aldridge had been playing both ways in 7-on-7 play but played safety only at the Lee tournament because he didn't have a backup. The talented Aldridge expects to see action on both sides of the ball in College Station as he will during football season but recruiters are looking at him almost strictly on defense. Aldridge acquired an offer from Notre Dame earlier this year and recently received another one from New Mexico. In addition, he's been trying to set up some unofficial visits and did take one to Texas Tech a few weeks ago.

"I went to Texas Tech in early June," he said. "I participated in a camp there. It was pretty good but it didn't go how they wanted. I was going to work at safety and receiver but the camp was supposed to be longer. It went by so fast that I only got to work at safety. When I talked to them, they said I did good representing Whitehouse. They said to be looking for an offer soon but it hasn't happened yet. My coach has been keeping in contact with them and he said that they are still talking about offering."

Aldridge was originally going to attend a camp at Texas A&M last month as well. However, after being told by the A&M staff that if he did well enough to obtain an offer they would him to commit, Aldridge decided to forego that camp in favor of one that will be held this Sunday so that he could explore other options in the interim. Since Aldridge will already be in College Station for the state 7-on-7 tournament, it seems like it would be easy for him to stay another night and go to the camp. However, that may not be the case.

"Right now, I'm still thinking about it," he said. "It's right after the 7-on-7 tournament. If my mother doesn't go up there, then we will leave right after the tournament. They still want me to come up. The last time I talked to them they wanted to offer me but they wanted me commit to them right then. I haven't talked to them since the last camp."

What would happen if A&M offered?

"I don't think I would commit right now," he said. "I just think I will go through the process. I've still got a lot of schools that I am waiting to hear from."

Aldridge said that he has been talking to Memphis, Alabama, A&M, New Mexico, Houston, UTSA, and Notre Dame. Since most of them are out of state, he expects to wait until after the season starts so he can take official visits.

"I asked some of them if it was too late to visit and wait for an offer and they said no," he said. "I haven't set up any of them yet. I want to see Alabama, Baylor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, LSU, and New Mexico. Oklahoma sends me letters all of the time. They are trying to get me to their camp. I may go up there with Trey. Everyone mainly talks to my coach. I probably will go to Alabama this summer but after that I'll just wait for official visits."

Finally, Aldridge injured his knee in a scrimmage last summer and has had two procedures on it (most recently in January). It has been a source of concern to colleges such as A&M which had approached him about the possibility of playing outside linebacker depending on how he looked at the A&M camp.

"The knee is doing good," he said. "I haven't been running a lot. I have playing mostly 7-on-7 and playing basketball with my little brother. It gets a little sore but it's nothing major."

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