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Thursday, April 18, 2013
ESPN 150 targets: Texas A&M

By Sam Khan Jr.

Myles Garrett
ESPN 150 defensive end Myles Garrett is feeling strong, as his offer list is a who's who of elite Division I football programs.
Texas A&M has three commits in the 2014 ESPN 150, which was released today. Here's a look at the Aggies' top 10 targets in the ESPN 150, listed from highest to lowest ranked:

1. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)
5-foot-11, 183 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 5

Why they want him: Speed and athleticism. Jackson has most of what coaches want in a cornerback. His fluid hips, foot quickness and natural athleticism make him an elite prospect. Could wind up on the offensive side of the ball and said some schools are recruiting him as a receiver.

Who else wants him: Plenty of power programs have offered Jackson, including Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC.

Odds they get him: Jackson said he intends to visit Texas A&M this summer, so the Aggies will have their chance to impress the five-star prospect. USC and UCLA are also schools that the Illinois native is interested in but Aggies' secondary coach Marcel Yates has experience recruiting the West Coast from his days at Boise State and landed 2013 ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue for the Aggies earlier this year.

2. DE Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin)
6-5, 247
ESPN 150 Rank: 6

Why they want him: The term "physical freak" has been used more than once when describing Garrett. A weight room warrior, Garrett is not only built well but is a good athlete given his great size. Big time upside for Garrett.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas are among the many that have offered Garrett.

Odds they get him: He said his most recent trip to Aggieland has stood out amongst the visits he's made to schools this year, so Texas A&M has to feel good about where they sit with the state's top prospect. He visited A&M twice this year, once for a junior day in January and once for the "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage. TCU and Baylor are other schools he's visited and he'll take several out of state visits in the summer.

3. ATH Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr)
6-0, 176
ESPN 150 Rank: 8

Why they want him: Speed, speed, speed. It thrives in Texas A&M's offense and a player like Noil would thrive in the space he would have to run around in maroon and white. While not extremely tall, he's not undersized. At 6-0, he's about the height of former Aggies' receiver and soon-to-be NFL draft pick Ryan Swope, who broke several Texas A&M receiving records.

Who else wants him: Most of the SEC is on Noil's offer list, including Alabama and LSU. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida State and Texas are also among those who have offered.

Odds they get him: The Aggies are in Noil's stated top four along with LSU, Florida and USC, so that bodes well for them. They hosted him for a junior day visit in January and one of his teammates at New Orleans Edna Karr, cornerback Noel Ellis, is a member of the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class, so that helps A&M's chances. Expect Texas A&M to stay in the thick of this race.

4. S Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron)
6-0, 199
ESPN 150 Rank: 23

Why they want him: Adams looks the part and has the movement skills needed to be an effective player in space. He's smart and instinctive, can cover and has good ball skills.

Who else wants him: Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, the list goes on. Adams has nearly 30 offers.

Odds they get him: It will be a heck of a battle for Adams, but the Aggies helped themselves quite a bit with his recent visit for the Maroon-and-White spring game. After his visit, he tweeted "I fell in love...!" and " College station treated me right." Texas has built a strong relationship with Adams and LSU recently offered, a program he called "a dream school." But the Aggies are in a good position currently.

5. CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen)
6-0, 179
ESPN 150 Rank: 27

Why they want him: Good size and is versatile. He's physical and a ballhawk who has good range and has great awareness. Terrific track athlete, especially in the hurdles.

Who else wants him: Like Adams, seemingly everybody. Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and USC are among the many on his offer list.

Odds they get him: Brown is taking his time with the process, focusing on track season currently, but he'll take some visits in the summer. He visited for a Texas A&M game last fall but hasn't made the trip to Aggieland yet this year. He's in no rush to make a decision and there's still mutual interest between the parties, so the Aggies are in the hunt. Many believe LSU is the favorite because his sister, who is a track star, is headed there.

Hoza Scott
Getting a commitment from Hoza Scott, the No. 28 player in the ESPN 150, was big for the Aggies.
6. OLB Hoza Scott (La Porte, Texas/La Porte)
6-3, 225
ESPN 150 Rank: 28

Why they want him: He has great size, good speed and is physical. He's a hard hitter who also has the speed to pursue a ballcarrier sideline-to-sideline. Though primarily a pass rusher, he's also a quality running back for his high school team.

Who else wants him: He was courted by programs like Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame and Texas to name a few.

Odds they get him: Scott verbally committed to Texas A&M in December and is a solid commit who isn't wavering in his decision. Schools will naturally continue to check his pulse, but for now, he's happy to be an Aggie.

7. DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell)
6-3, 265
ESPN 150 Rank: 30

Why they want him: He's explosive and productive and has great size. He has a nose for the ball, is a technician and plays with pad level.

Who else wants him: Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, UCLA, Stanford and Oklahoma are among the programs that have offered and could be on Thomas' list. Many others like LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame have also offered him.

Odds they get him: He visited for the Aggies' junior day in January but hasn't narrowed things down. He called things "wide open" after the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp, but the Aggies don't appear to be one of the favorites to land him, at least at the moment.

8. DT Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr)
6-4, 247
ESPN 150 Rank: 31

Why they want him: Has size and strength and is explosive. Shows good initial quickness. Could be a fit in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 and currently is a 4-3 defensive end in high school.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, TCU and Texas have all offered.

Odds they get him: The Aggies are in his current top three along with Florida and LSU. He's teammates with A&M 2013 signee Noel Ellis and the Aggies are recruiting another teammate of his, Speedy Noil. He also knows a current Aggie, fellow defensive end and Louisiana native Julien Obioha who played at Brother Martin in New Orleans.

No. 9 S Dylan Sumner-Gardner (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite)
6-0, 197
ESPN 150 Rank: 86

Why they want him: A well-built prospect with good size and the range you look for in a safety prospect. He's instinctive and smart and is a productive player.

Who else wants him: He was originally a Clemson commit before decommitting and later joining the Aggies. Auburn, LSU, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas are all on his offer list..

Odds they get him: The Aggies scored a commitment from Sumner-Gardner on March 2 during their junior day. Appears to be a solid commit at the moment.

No. 10 ATH Nick Harvey (Richmond, Texas/Travis)
5-11, 180
ESPN 150 Rank: 97

Who else wants him: His offer list includes LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas and there are several others. The Longhorns haven't given up on him, getting him to check out their spring game the weekend he visited for Texas Relays track meet, but he continues to say publicly that he's a solid A&M commitment.

Odds they get him: He was one of the early Texas A&M 2014 commits, pledging to the Aggies back in November. Though he said he's solid, others will continue to pursue him throughout the process so the Aggies will have to continue to fend off others.

Other Texas A&M targets in the ESPN 150: No. 1 Leonard Fournette, RB (New Orleans/Saint Augustine); No. 29 Malachi Dupre, WR (River Ridge, La/John Curtis Christian); No. 58 K.D. Cannon, WR (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant); No. 73 Davion Hall, ATH (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau); No. 98 Garrett Brumfield, OG (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School); No. 99 Demarre Kitt, WR (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek); No. 115 Armanti Foreman, WR (Texas City, Texas/Texas City); No. 118 Braden Smith, OG (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South); No. 135 Joe Mixon, RB (Oakley, Calif./Freedom)