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Monday, June 17, 2013
ESPN 300 analysis: Texas A&M Aggies

By Sam Khan Jr.

If you want evidence as to why Texas A&M has one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, look no further than the latest ESPN 300.

Last season, the Aggies -- who had college football's No. 8 recruiting class -- hauled in 10 players in the 2013 ESPN 300.

Shaun Nixon
Running back Shaun Nixon is one of nine Texas A&M commits in the ESPN 300.
The debut of the 2014 ESPN 300 on Monday shows that the Aggies are on a pretty solid pace to pass that number. With more than seven months until national signing day, Texas A&M already has commitments from nine players in the first ESPN 300.

Four of the Aggies' commits -- outside linebacker Hoza Scott, safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, athlete Nick Harvey and quarterback Kyle Allen -- are all ESPN 150 prospects. Five more A&M commits -- defensive tackle DeShawn Washington, cornerback Cedric Collins, running back Shaun Nixon, athlete Armani Watts and linebacker Josh Walker -- make their debuts in the ESPN 300.

And there are plenty of players on the list who the Aggies are heavily pursuing: defensive end Myles Garrett, athlete Speedy Noil, safety Jamal Adams, cornerback Tony Brown and defensive tackle Gerald Willis III are just a few of the at least dozen targets in the 300 that the Aggies are still in the mix for.

One thing that is noticeable about the Aggies' recruiting class in relation to the ESPN 300: The focus is on defense. Of the nine Aggies commits in the top 300, only two (Allen and Nixon) are expected to be full-time offensive players when they arrive on campus. The rest are expected to play on defense, including Harvey and Watts, who are both classified as athletes.

And all but one of the five targets mentioned above are also defensive players. In the SEC, bringing in high-quality defensive players is key.

The Aggies have picked up a lot of momentum lately, landing five commitments in June, four of which were 2014 prospects, one of which was Allen. With 14 commitments and plenty of high-caliber targets still in their sights, the Aggies will easily pass last year's mark of ESPN 300 recruits.