Talk about going from a major low to new heights only a select few in East Texans can understand.

Texas A&M offered Lufkin senior offensive lineman Erik McCoy on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Panthers' season came to an end on Longview's late two-point conversion in the Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff round. The standout committed immediately and then announced the news to the world Sunday.

The Aggies' offer to McCoy is his eighth unique FBS offer and first from a Southeastern Conference school. It was his third scholarship opportunity from a major conference school behind Kansas and Oklahoma State.

The 6-4, 297-pound prospect also has FBS offers from Houston, North Texas, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and New Mexico State.

Landing McCoy was a major win for Texas A&M. The Aggies have dominated recruiting rivals Baylor, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech in East Texas with five committed players.

Baylor won the commitment of Longview running back JaMycal Hasty in favor of offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and several out-of-state programs. It also won Gilmer athlete Blake Lynch's signature in favor of an offer from TCU among other out-of-state schools. Lynch is expected to graduate high school in December.

TCU has one East Texas commitment in the form of New Boston athlete Jeff Gladney.

The Red Raiders have one committed prospect from the region in Longview offensive lineman prospect Broderick Washington. He's expected to make a switch to Texas Tech's defensive line.

Texas has no local commitments, but it is battling with Texas Tech among others for Lufkin receiver KeKe Coutee.

All five in-state power five schools are still competing for senior Gilmer athlete Kris Boyd along with nine other programs.

Texas A&M gained an edge on North Texas with McCoy's commitment. The Mean Green have a second-best four East Texas seniors committed to their program.

Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning, Newton defensive back Roney Elam, Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack and Sulphur Springs athlete Larry Pryor round out the Aggies' East Texas class.

McCoy can sign with Texas A&M on Feb. 4.

2015 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Jarion Anderson, WR, Texas High, 5-11, 165 – committed to Tulsa (1)
  • Rodney Bendy, WR, John Tyler, 6-4, 180 – committed to North Texas; additional offer from ULM (2)
  • William Brown, DL, Texas High, 6-3, 259 – offers from Arkansas State, Texas State (2)
  • Kris Boyd, ATH, Gilmer, 6-0, 180 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (14)
  • Nate Brooks, DB, Whitehouse, 6-0, 150 — committed to North Texas; additional offer from Louisiana Tech (2)
  • Nick Cain, ATH, John Tyler, 5-10, 165 — offer from ULM (1)
  • Key’Vantanie “KeKe” Coutee, ATH, Lufkin, 5-10, 160 — offers from Louisville, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa (5)
  • Justin Dunning, S, Whitehouse, 6-4, 200 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt (11)
  • Brandon Durman, LB, Tyler Lee, 6-2, 230 – committed to Louisiana Tech (1)
  • Chandler Eiland, QB, Canton, 6-0, 178 – committed to ULM (1)
  • Roney Elam, CB/S, Newton, 6-3, 175 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech (10)
  • Jeff Gladney, ATH, New Boston, 6-0, 174 – committed to TCU; additional offers from North Texas, Northern Illinois, Rice, Texas State, Tulsa, UTSA (7)
  • JaMycal Hasty, RB, Longview, 5-9, 181 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Houston, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (9)
  • Tyrone Hunt, DE, Arp, 6-4, 230 – committed to UTSA (1)
  • Marcalas Johnson, Arp, 5-10, 181 – offer from Colorado State (1)
  • Kevrin Justice, RB, Kilgore, 6-0, 177 — committed to Houston (1)
  • Jaylon Lane, CB, Nacogdoches, 6-2, 185 — committed to Oklahoma State; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Boise State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, South Alabama, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, UCLA, ULL, Utah State, Wake Forest, Washington State (38)
  • Blake Lynch, ATH, Gilmer, 6-3, 193 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Clemson, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU (6)
  • Daylon Mack, DT, Gladewater, 6-1, 330 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, USC (21)
  • Terry Mark, WR, Lufkin, 6-1, 180 — committed to Houston (1)
  • Erik McCoy, OL, Lufkin, 6-4, 297 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Kansas, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oklahoma State, ULL (8)
  • Samuel Miller, DE, Canton, 6-3, 220 – committed to North Texas; additional offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Kansas State, Memphis, Nevada, Oregon State, Texas State, ULM, UTEP, UTSA (11)
  • Chett Munden, OL, Marshall, 6-6, 303 — committed to North Texas; additional offer from ULM (2)
  • Larry Pryor, S, Sulphur Springs, 6-1, 185 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech (10)
  • Kyshaun Smith, S/LB, Tatum, 6-2, 178 — offers from Houston, Memphis, North Texas, Texas State (4)
  • Chris Spikes, WR, Jasper, 6-3, 175 — offer from Houston (1)
  • Javon Thomas, RB, Texas High, 6-3, 211 – committed to Tulsa; additional offers from Navy, New Mexico, Rice, Toledo, ULM (6)
  • Jackson Tyner, QB, Edgewood, 6-5, 220 – committed to Rice (1)
  • Isaac Warren, DB, John Tyler, 6-1, 189 — committed to Purdue; additional offers from Arizona State, UTEP (3)
  • Broderick Washington, OL/DL, Longview, 6-3, 285 — committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, North Texas, ULL, UTSA (8)
  • Matthew Weeks, OT, Tyler Lee, 6-6, 274 — offer from SMU (1)