Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Texas A&M recruiting: Positions of need
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M has 14 commits in the 2014 class, and the Aggies have done a good job of addressing needs at multiple positions. With seven months left until signing day, they are still pursuing plenty of players. Here's five positions where they could use another player or two in the class:
Defensive end: The Aggies are pursuing multiple defensive ends in the 2014 class and at the top of their want list is ESPN 300 defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin), the No. 1 prospect in Texas. They also have an offer out to ESPN 300 prospects Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) among others.
They already have a commitment from Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes prospect Jarrett Johnson but the Aggies would love to add one or two more. On the current roster, sophomore Julien Obioha is the only known long-term commodity after starting as a true freshman. They Aggies did bring in two defensive ends in the 2013 class (Jay Arnold and Daeshon Hall) but in the SEC, you can never have enough defensive linemen.
Linebacker: Texas A&M already has two commitments from linebackers (ESPN 300 prospect Hoza Scott and ESPN 300 prospect Josh Walker) but another won't hurt. The Aggies initially targeted ESPN 300 inside linebacker Zach Whitley Jr., but he committed to Alabama. The Aggies will continue to pursue four-star prospect Kenny Young (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian). There are also a few candidates who haven't been offered but that the Aggies took a close look at in the spring like Spring (Texas) Klein Oak's Josh Mabin, Dallas South Oak Cliff's Silvester Hayes and Kansas State commit Sam Sizelove.
Receiver: In the 2013 class, the Aggies signed six receivers, so it doesn't appear to be a need position on the surface but only one of the current Aggies' receivers is proven thus far (Mike Evans) so it's always good to continue to bring in talent, especially when you use the volume of receivers that the Aggies do in their four-or-five-receiver offense. The Aggies have one 2014 commit in Lufkin (Texas) High School prospect Jamal Jeffery, but there's other big fish they'd love to land. Five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr), ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) or highly-regarded junior college prospect D'haquille Williams (Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.) are among those the Aggies have offered and are pursuing.
Offensive line: The Aggies have scored three commitments from offensive tackles: Manvel (Texas) High School's Koda Martin, Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial's Kealvin Davis and La Grange (Texas) High School's Zachary Ledwik. Martin and Davis are likely tackles long-term; Ledwik said that the Aggies feel he can play anywhere on the line of scrimmage. But with Jake Matthews being a senior, Cedric Ogbuehi being a junior poised for a breakout season and another junior (Jarvis Harrison) starting and Luke Joeckel having just left for the NFL, the Aggies can add another lineman. ESPN 150 guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) is a prime target and so is ESPN 150 tackle Casey Tucker. Adding one of those would put a really nice finishing touch to the offensive line haul.
Kicker: There is a scholarship kicker on the roster currently in sophomore Taylor Bertolet, so it's not a pressing need, but it could be if Bertolet doesn't show significant improvement after an inconsistent 2012 campaign. The Aggies have pursued a couple of kickers, offering Aaron Medley (Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County) and Gary Wunderlich (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) but both winded up committing elsewhere. There are no other kicker offers out at the moment but it's worth keeping an eye on, especially if Bertolet struggles early in the season.