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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Scout's Take: Frank Iheanacho to TAMU

By Tom Luginbill

Days after getting a pledge from one dynamic weapon in Speedy Noil, the Aggies add another in Frank Iheanacho (Houston/Westside).

How will he fit in College Station? Let's break it down:

What he brings: Iheanacho has a long with a wiry build at receiver. Will need to fill out and add some bulk to his frame but plays with good upper body strength with speed to complement. For a taller receiver shows good burst off the line. Is a long strider who builds up speed. Has the ability to get separation naturally due to his length and can outjump defenders, which can cause matchup problems versus shorter, smaller defenders. Has really shown his length and athleticism this week in San Antonio.

How he fits: This is an ideal replacement for the loss of WR Mike Evans to the NFL draft. He joins last year’s Ricky Seals-Jones to make a formidable outside receiving threat on both sides of the offense. He has a high ceiling because he has played so little football to this point, but his skill set could put him on the field earlier that you would expect.

Reminds us of: Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State. Now this is a tough one because the size/height/long arms comparison is very difficult to make combined with trying to find someone with “little guy” athleticism. Benjamin was the only choice. However, this isn’t just about stature and athleticism, but where Benjamin was at the same stage as Iheanacho. Iheanacho is a raw, untapped talent, and he has a very high ceiling. So was Benjamin and it took him a bit, but now we are seeing what he is capable of.

How the class is shaping up: This news and the commitment of Noil will certainly give the next Texas A&M QB a lot of weapons to work with. The Aggies have hit needs at quarterback, defensive line and wide receiver in this class, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation.