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Where A&M goes after big recruiting week

7/26/2012

It has been a productive week on the recruiting trail for Texas A&M.

On Monday while jumping from one ESPN show to another, Kevin Sumlin got a call from all-state safety Shaan Washington (Alexandria, La./Alexandria) informing him that he was committing to the Aggies.

Tuesday, a quick recruitment of Honolulu/St. Louis School receiver Jeremy Tabuyo resulted in another pledge.

And Wednesday, the Aggies added to what is already a large class of defensive linemen when defensive tackle Rob Zimmerman (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchingson CC) called to inform that he, too, is College Station-bound.

Three days, three commitments. Not a bad week indeed.

So where to the three latest commits fit in? Let's take a look:

Shaan Washington: He's an intriguing prospect because having played both safety and receiver, he brings potential flexibility when he arrives in College Station. He has good size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and though he said he hasn't run a 40-yard dash since eighth grade, reports are that he has good speed. While he's currently projected as a safety at Texas A&M, he could also grow into an outside linebacker.

Jeremy Tabuyo: His 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed should be a natural fit for the Aggies offense. At Houston, the Cougars ate up a lot of yardage with smaller players who had tremendous speed. Tabuyo is just a shade under six feet (5-foot-11) and he shows the ability to get separation consistently. Inside receiver would be a good landing spot for Tabuyo, the fourth receiver in this recruiting class.

Rob Zimmeran: Size is the first thing that stands out about Zimmerman; At 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, he has plenty of it. He's quick for his size and can run to the ball well. Defensive line was of large emphasis in this class due to depth issues and switching from the 3-4 to the 4-3 alignment on defense. Zimmerman is the sixth defensive lineman in the 2013 recruiting class and the fifth defensive tackle. He is the largest of the incoming defensive linemen and he'll have three years of eligibility left when he arrives.

So where do the Aggies go from here?

With numbers growing and space filling quickly in the class, there are still many notable targets that Texas A&M would love to have. Among them:

Ricky Seals-Jones: The Sealy, Texas/Sealy receiver is ranked first at his position in the country and 10th overall in the ESPN 150. He'll likely wait until after AAU basketball is over before planning any visits or moving forward in his football recruiting, though he does want to play both football and basketball.

Justin Manning: The Dallas/Kimball defensive tackle is 6-foot-2, 275 pounds and ranked as the eighth-best defensive tackle in the country.

Mike Mitchell: The 6-foot-4, 216-pound outside linebacker appears to be a complete athlete, with size and speed (4.39-second 40-yard dash). He's the 10th-ranked outside linebacker in the country.

Torrodney Prevot: The defensive end from Houston/Alief Taylor stands 6-foot-4 and is 215 pounds. He's ranked 19th in the country at defensive end and 34th overall in the state.

Caleb Benenoch: A guard from Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes, Benenoch stands 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds. He's ranked 19th at his position nationally.

Others to keep an eye on: Tre'Vell Dixon (ATH, Baldwin, La./West St. Mary), Cameron Echols-Luper (ATH, Auburn, Ala./Auburn), Sebastian LaRue (WR, Santa Monica, Calif/Santa Monica -- USC commitment), Isaac Savaiinea (ILB, Honolulu, HI/Punahou School), Tim Williams (DE, Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory).