- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Every Wednesday, Sam Khan Jr. will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Texas A&M recruiting for the week.
This week’s targets: The Aggies are making sure to comb the state for linebackers now that one of their top targets at the position, 2014 inside linebacker Zach Whitley Jr., is committed elsewhere (Alabama). Spring (Texas) Klein Oak inside linebacker Josh Mabin and outside linebacker Ja'Von Shelley will get looks this week when linebackers coach Mark Hagen and defensive coordinator Mark Snyder are expected at the Panthers' spring game on Thursday. Hagen went by Klein Oak last week to see the pair. Texas A&M has also checked out 2014 Dallas South Oak Cliff defensive end Silvester Hayes, who could project as an outside linebacker and is someone the Aggies are evaluating.
Area of interest: The Aggies' efforts in Louisiana paid some dividends in the last recruiting class, as Texas A&M hauled in three prospects from the neighboring state in the 2013 class, including ESPN 300 cornerback Noel Ellis. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to see them targeting high-level prospects from the state in 2014. They're in the running for several notable kids from "The Boot," including five-star athlete Speedy Noil, ESPN 150 defensive tackle Gerald Willis III and four-star quarterback Brandon Harris. All 10 Aggies commits are Texas products, but expect them to stay in the hunt for those three Louisianans.
Prospect performance: GigEmNation was at Texas City (Texas) High School on Tuesday to watch ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman and his twin brother, 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman, and both have the look of talented prospects. Armanti appears fast on video and in person that rings true as well. Watching him run by defensive backs and juke defenders when he has the ball is entertaining and provides a glimpse into why he's so heavily recruited. D'Onta has good size and the Stingarees are experimenting with him at defensive end for this fall in addition to his running back duties. If D'Onta can pick up the knowledge of the position quickly, he could be a force coming off the edge, but he still projects as a running back or linebacker in college.
Word on the street: Each week, we'll take a reader question in this space and answer it. Today, our question comes from Twitter user Rise of the GRIPR (@GRIPR08): Who will be the next recruit to pull the trigger and pledge to play for Coach Sumlin and the Ags?
Even though he held off from what appeared to be a spring decision, I still think it will be Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes 2014 defensive end Jarrett Johnson. After his multiple visits to both Texas and Texas A&M, the Aggies emerged as his leader. It doesn't look like that has changed and whenever he does decide (could be early summer), I think he winds up an Aggie.
What to watch: In addition to the aforementioned Klein Oak spring game on Thursday, 7-on-7 tournaments will start popping up in the near future. Qualifying tournaments for the Texas state 7-on-7 championships begin on May 25, but other tournaments and leagues are already getting underway. Also, several Texas high school spring games will get cranked up next week, so there will be plenty of chances for the A&M staff to see prospects as the spring evaluation period winds down.
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