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Focus on '14: Defensive ends

10/30/2012

GigEmNation is taking a weekly position-by-position look at the 2014 recruiting class as it relates to Texas A&M, whom the Aggies are targeting, as well as 2013 commits and who on the roster will graduate. Today, we look at the defensive end position.

2013 commits: Jay Arnold, Rockwall (Texas) Heath.

Defensive ends who'll graduate: None. The senior defensive linemen are at defensive tackle (Spencer Nealy, Jonathan Mathis), though it will be worth watching whether junior defensive end Damontre Moore considers early entry into the NFL draft after the season.

2014 targets

Qualen Cunningham, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton: The ESPN Watch List member has a family connection to Texas A&M. His father, Patrick Cunningham, was an offensive lineman for the Aggies and later in the NFL. Texas A&M has offered Cunningham, as have Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska and Washington.

Myles Garrett, Arlington (Texas) Martin: The ESPN Watch List member holds offers from Arkansas, Minnesota and Texas. The Aggies have shown interest in the 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end and he attended the Aggies' game against LSU on Oct. 20.

Solomon Thomas, Coppell (Texas) High School: The 6-3, 265-pound Thomas is also an ESPN Watch List member. The Aggies are one of 17 schools to offer him. Among the others are Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas.

Andrew Williams, McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy: The 6-4, 231-pound Williams has more than a dozen offers, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M and USC. He is an ESPN Watch List member.

Gerald Willis III, New Orleans Edna Karr: Another ESPN Watch List Member, Willis III hails from the same high school as current Texas A&M 2013 cornerback commit Noel Ellis. The 6-3, 260-pound Willis has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, TCU and Texas A&M.