WR Jhamon Ausbon, Texas A&M
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Houston, TX (IMG Academy)
247 RATING: .9648
POSITION RANK: 26
Receiving: 147 catches, 1,818 yards (12.4 ypc), 8 touchdowns
Receiving: 66 catches, 872 yards (12.4 ypc), 5 touchdowns
Jhamon Ausbon Breakdown
When Jimbo Fisher took over the Texas A&M Aggies football program, he already knew he had a reliable player in Jhamon Ausbon. Adversity and a maturity beyond his years shaped him, and that’s helped him become a leader for his team even before this season.
Ausbon’s a strong player who defenders bounce off of when they try to take him down, and it also helps him make catches in traffic. He doesn’t have to worry about getting hit running across the middle of the field because his frame carries good weight. While he’s big, he’s not the fastest player on the field. How does he make up for that? His quick footwork helps him get off the ball, and sharp cuts help him run crisp routes to create separation from his man.
His ability to stop on a dime after turning his defenders hips creates room for him to make a catch. He’s said that he models his game after Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen in that they’re not the fastest players, but they pay attention to the technical aspects of their game to become successful. Ausbon knows what his limitations are, but he makes an effort to combat them with things the he does well.
With one more year left as an Aggie, Ausbon can put in work in the weight room to get quicker and stronger, and also groom younger players who will take his place. With Quartney Davis and Kendrick Rodgers off to the NFL, Ausbon becomes Kellen Mond’s go-to target in the passing game, so he’ll also get a chance to put up career numbers.
Texas A&M needs to identify new weapons in their passing attack, but they can lean on their senior leader while younger talent emerges. Ausbon’s technical side of his game is elite, but another year in the weight room will help him more. The NFL’s in his future, and he’ll give teams another year to evaluate his game.