Friday, February 8, 2013
Five TAMU targets to watch in 2014
By Sam Khan Jr.
With Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class in the books, we turn the page and take a glance at the 2014 class. On Thursday we glanced at Aggie commitments to watch. Today we look at targets that the Aggies are pursuing in the 2014 class and who fans should keep an eye on moving forward:
Beaumont (Texas) Ozen cornerback Tony Brown is one of the most sought-after prospects in the nation.
Tony Brown, Beaumont (Texas) Ozen: The ESPN Watch List cornerback's offer list is a who's who of programs, with the likes of Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and USC among the schools that have offered. His sister, Bealoved, is a track star who is committed to LSU, so that could play a role in his future, but other programs will continue to recruit him without question.
Koda Martin, Manvel (Texas) High School: The 6-foot-6, 245-pound ESPN Watch List tight end is being recruited as an offensive tackle by the Aggies. Currently, he's considering A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma. He attended junior days at A&M and Baylor and will trip to Oklahoma during the Sooners' spring practice. Baylor is recruiting him as a defensive end and Oklahoma likes him as a tight end.
Braden Smith, Olathe (Kan.) South: A 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle, Smith is one the Aggies are pursuing hard and will continue to. Smith visited A&M two days before the Aggies' first junior day because his older sister, a thrower for the TCU track team, was competing in a meet at A&M. The visit went well and Olathe South coach Jeff Gourley said the Aggies are recruiting Smith as hard as any team in the country.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite: The former Clemson commitment rescinded his pledge from the Tigers last week, just days after attending Texas A&M's first junior day. He attended Baylor's junior day recently and will attend Texas' junior day on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound ESPN Watch List safety is teammates with 2013 A&M signee Kameron Miles and also 2015 quarterback Chason Virgil, who attended the junior day with Sumner-Gardner.
Zac Whitley, Houston/North Shore: The ESPN Watch List inside linebacker was an attendee at the Aggies' first junior day of the year and was the only linebacker in the initial junior day group. With two already in the fold (Hoza Scott and Josh Walker) the Aggies would love to add the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Whitley to round out a nice three-pack at the position.