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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
ESPN 300 targets: Texas A&M

By Sam Khan Jr.

Texas A&M has nine commits in the ESPN 300, which was released on Monday. Here's a look at the Aggies' top 10 targets in order of the Aggies' chances of landing the prospects:

1. DE Myles Garrett
6-foot-5, 247 pounds
ESPN 300 Rank: 6

Why they want him: Take one glance at Garrett, and it becomes clear why so many schools want him. He's in tremendous physical condition and is a good athlete to boot. He's a weight-room warrior with huge upside.

Myles Garrett
Five-star defensive end Myles Garrett has Texas A&M on top.
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: Garrett's not the most vocal person when it comes to his recruiting, but one thing he has expressed is that his visits to Texas A&M stood out compared to others. That bodes well for the Aggies. It won't be an easy fight, because schools all across the country want Garrett.

2. DE Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton)
6-4, 220
ESPN 300 Rank: 230

Why they want him: He has good height and quickness. Gives good effort and is a heady player with a variety of moves.

Who else wants him: Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington are among the others who have offered.

Odds they get him: Cunningham visited during the weekend of the Maroon-and-White spring game in April and all indications were that things went well. His father, Rick Cunningham, played for Texas A&M, so that certainly helps the Aggies chances in the race.

3. OG Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South)
6-6, 285
ESPN 300 Rank: 119

Why they want him: He has impressive size, and he's a physical, aggressive blocker. He has a very good build and brings a lot of power.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC … plenty of power programs are pursuing Smith. TCU, where his sister is a track athlete, also is one to keep an eye on.

Odds they get him: The Aggies had Smith down for a visit back in February, and it went well and Smith's coach has repeatedly said that the Aggies have made their presence felt in his recruitment. Texas A&M appears to have a good a shot as anybody.

4. DT Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber)
6-4, 336
ESPN 300 Rank: 157

Why they want him: Size. He brings ideal size for a defensive tackle at the college level and is the kind of player that can be plugged into the middle of an SEC defensive line and stop the run.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and USC were among the others who offered.

Odds they get him: Frazier recently came off a visit to Texas A&M and things went well. One factor working in the Aggies' favor is family. Frazier has many family members who live in Houston and who are from the area, which isn't far from College Station. So the Aggies have to feel good about that.

5. S Jamal Adams
6-0, 199
ESPN 300 Rank: 24

Why they want him: Whatever you want in a defensive back -- size, speed, instincts, cover ability, ball skills -- Adams has it. He can be physical at the line of scrimmage as he showed at the Dallas NFTC. He appears to be the total package.

Who else wants him: Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas -- the list goes on.

Odds they get him: Adams currently has a top six and the Aggies are in it, but you get the feeling that it'll come down to Florida, Texas and Texas A&M. The Gators have a family advantage (his Godfather is receivers coach Joker Phillips) but the Aggies and Longhorns are closer to home. He's great at not tipping his hand, but the Aggies should be in this race until the end and have a decent shot at scoring Adams.

6. ATH Speedy Noil
6-0, 176
ESPN 300 Rank: 8

Why they want him: Though his given first name is "Devante," he earned the nickname "Speedy" for obvious reasons. The offensive style that Texas A&M plays allows a player of Noil's ability to thrive in space. He would have the chance to be a big-time playmaker in the Aggies' offense.

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: Noil's not an easy one to read, but the Aggies have to like their chances right now. When he tweeted a top three earlier this year, the Aggies were in it and LSU wasn't. There's plenty of time for Noil's relationship with his home-state power to change, but the Aggies are a legitimate threat here, considering how well he'd fit in their offense and the fact that a high school teammate is an incoming freshman at A&M (2013 ESPN 300 cornerback Noel Ellis) can't hurt.

7. CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen)
6-0, 188
ESPN 300 Rank: 27

Why they want him: He's a great athlete with good size and versatility. He has good range and awareness and is physical and a ballhawk. His ability on the track is well-documented, and he ran the best wind-legal 110-meter hurdles time in the country this spring (13.38 seconds).

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 has been focusing on track this summer, so it's unclear when he'll take some visits, but there's no doubt Brown is taking his time with the recruiting process. Many believe LSU is the favorite because his sister, who is a track star, is headed there. But Brown has said before publicly that it necessarily isn't the case. The Aggies will need to get him down for another visit this year (he visited for a game last year) but they're in the mix.

Tony Brown
Can the Aggies sway ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown to College Station?
8. TE Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain)
6-6, 220
ESPN 300 Rank: 295

Why they want him: He has terrific size for a tight end, is a quality receiving target and is also strong enough to be an effective blocker.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Ohio State and numerous schools on the west coast have offered Andrews.

Odds they get him: The Aggies offered Andrews months ago but he hasn't yet visited. Should he make his way to campus this summer, the Aggies will have their chance to make an impression. Having a commitment from his high school teammate, ESPN 300 quarterback Kyle Allen, certainly can't hurt and likely has Andrews' attention.

9. DT Gerald Willis III
6-3, 261
ESPN 300 Rank: 29

Why they want him: He is strong and explosive with good size, initial quickness and could be a fit in different defensive fronts.

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

Odds they get him: The Aggies are in his top four and have been one of his top schools for some time now so that's a good sign for A&M. Like Noil, he's an Edna Karr product, and it's natural to wonder if what Noil does will affect Willis. He hopes to make his announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game so this race will go on for awhile.

1o. S Edwin Freeman
6-1, 212
ESPN 300 Rank: 80

Why they want him: He's big, fast and athletic. Could be versatile enough to play safety or outside linebacker. Is physical and plays that way in the box.

Who else wants him: Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, USC and West Virginia are among the others who have offered.

Odds they get him: Right now, Freeman appears to be a Texas lean with the Longhorns topping his list of favorites. But the Aggies, along with TCU, are next in line. Both have ground to make up, so it's worth keeping an eye on.