Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2015 ESPN 300 targets: Texas A&M
By Sam Khan Jr.
With the unveiling of the inaugural 2015 ESPN 300 on Tuesday, there are several names on the list that are desired by Texas A&M. One player the Aggies already landed and they're hard at work trying to get many of the below names on board. Here's a look at A&M's 2015 commit and top targets in the ESPN 300.
1. TE Jordan Davis (Houston/Clear Lake) 6-foot-4, 247 pounds ESPN 300 rank: 219
Four-star tight end Jordan Davis is Texas A&M's lone commit for the Class of 2015.
Davis is the first player in the class to commit to Texas A&M, giving the Aggies his pledge on June 13. He originally committed to Florida State but decommitted after the Aggies offered him. He has good speed for his size, is a good pass catcher and should be a quality weapon in the Aggies offense once he arrives on campus.
At one time, it seemed to be a mere formality that Mack would be an Aggie but for the moment, at least publicly, he seems to be taking a step back and evaluating all options and he has plenty. Even so, the Aggies are in a great position to land him and can probably still be considered the favorite. Why is he coveted by so many schools? His size and strength.
Like Mack, Sheffield boasts an impressive offer list. Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas are among those that have offered Sheffield in addition to the Aggies. He has made multiple trips to College Station, Texas, this year and the interest seems to be mutual between the parties. So far, the Aggies appear to have put themselves in good position for Sheffield.
Murray, who led Allen to a Texas Class 5A Division I state championship last fall, was the first quarterback the Aggies offered in the 2015 class and is one of only two quarterbacks in the class to hold an offer from Texas A&M (Stephenville, Texas product Jarrett Stidham is the other). He isn't the tallest but he displayed plenty of ability to throw it, read defenses and run the ball well while leading the Eagles to the title. Ohio State, Clemson, Texas and Auburn are among the others that have offered Murray.
Thompson is committed to Alabama but he has made visits to other schools since pledging to the Crimson Tide in February. The Aggies offered him after their "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage in March and expect them to continue to pursue Thompson, who has good size, strength, length and closing speed for his position. Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Utah also have offered Thompson.
Kirk took a visit to Texas A&M in March to see the Maroon-and-White spring game and he had nothing but positive words about the visit. It's worth noting that he took the trip with fellow state of Arizona prospect and friend Kyle Allen, a 2014 ESPN 150 quarterback who committed to the Aggies last month. In addition to offers from several Pac-12 programs, Kirk also has offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Florida State, to name a few.
Like fellow defensive tackle Daylon Mack, Moton has terrific size for his age. Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and USC are among the double-digit schools that he reports as offers, a list that includes the Aggies.
Lodge hasn't seen much by the way of action on Cedar Hill's varsity squad but head coach Joey McGuire, who has seen plenty of big-time high school and college-bound talents pass through his program, is a believer that Lodge will be a game-changer. In addition to the Aggies, Lodge has offers from Texas, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma and more.
Anderson has eight offers including the Aggies, Auburn, Baylor, Houston, LSU, Michigan State, Texas and Texas Tech. His first trip to Aggieland came in March and he thoroughly enjoyed it, enough that he plans to make a return visit soon. He also plans to visit Texas for a second time soon. He has the skills to be a force in the backfield or split out wide at receiver.
He already has terrific size as a sophomore and he recently said he's hovering around 200 pounds. If he continues to add weight, could he potentially be a linebacker? One thing's for sure: he's a budding star and several programs want him. Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have all offered.