Texas A&M officially added a handful of mid-year junior college prospects and one prep school prospect via national letters of intent on Wednesday and Thursday marking the first time those commitments could be officially considered Aggies.
With the calendar fast approaching 2013 and mid-year junior college signing day in the rearview mirror, let's take a glance at where the Aggies' class currently sits heading into the final month-and-a-half of recruiting:
Overall standing: No. 7 in ESPN Class RankingsThis has all the makings of a top-10 class. There are six ESPN 150 prospects and two others who are ESPN 300 prospects. There are 16 four-star prospects in the group and just about every need the Aggies have is addressed, with the possible exception of defensive end, where the Aggies have just one.
Notable: A lot of impact players in this group. Sanders was the No. 1 junior college linebacker in the ESPN JC 100 and Williams, a prep school prospect from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy is a four-star prospect. Flowers will compete for time at outside linebacker and Stuckey will be an asset if the Aggies lose either of their junior draft-eligible tackles. The Aggies don't use tight ends a ton, so it will be interesting to see how Clear's role develops. He appears big enough to be a tackle if there's interest in making that transition.
Notable: High school prospects that enter as early enrollees can't sign a "letter of intent" in December but they can sign their scholarship papers, otherwise known as "statements of financial aid." Points, Sezer and Wade have done so and Chevis will do so before classes begin in January. All four will enroll for the spring semester and join the team for spring football. Chevis will begin as a middle linebacker, Wade at weakside linebacker and Sezer will likely be a cornerback.
Strongest needs addressed: Receiver, defensive tackle, linebacker
Notable: The largest position haul in the class is at receiver, if you count players that aren't classified as receivers but will probably end up at the position. There are four "classified" receivers in the class: Williams, Quincy Adeboyejo, Kyrion Parker and Jeremy Tabuyo. Others that will end up as receivers are athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, tight end Derrick Griffin, athlete LaQuvionte Gonzalez and athlete Cameron Echols-Luper. The Aggies will graduate Uzoma Nwachukwu, Kenric McNeal and Ryan Swope at receiver so the wealth of incoming bodies will create good competition at the position. Defensive tackle was a definite need position and the Aggies are bringing in ESPN 150 prospect Justin Manning, ESPN 300 prospect Isaiah Golden and three star DTs Hardreck Walker and Points. Texas A&M is saying goodbye to two senior linebackers, Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart, and are bringing in six in the current class.
Notable: Savaiinaea is probably the most likely of the above names to wind up an Aggie. He is down to two finalists with UCLA being the other. His official visit to A&M in September left him impressed, as did his official visit to UCLA in November. Ultimately it comes down to where he feels most comfortable. He could announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game or on national signing day. LaRue has his official visit scheduled for Jan. 18. Wiggins has his scheduled for Feb. 1. Mitchell appears to be an Ohio State lean and will announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American game. Hall and Prevot are potential targets since the Aggies missed out on junior college defensive end Za'Darius Smith. Alexander is the hardest to read of the group, but the Aggies are still a contender for his services.