Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Summer recruit wrap: Texas A&M
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M's final one-day camp of the year wrapped up on Sunday and the start of fall practice is fewer than two weeks away for the Aggies. The summer has been a busy one on many fronts, but here's a look at five things we learned on the recruiting front about Texas A&M this summer:
1. The Aggies got their quarterback
The Aggies have a solid offensive line class for 2014, with four-star prospect Koda Martin one of the top pledges.
Texas A&M was selective in its offers to quarterbacks in the 2014 class, handing out just three. The first one offered, ESPN 300 quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe), chose Oklahoma. The next in line, ESPN 300 quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), chose the Aggies on June 3. That meant that the third offer, to ESPN 300 passer Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), was out of the picture. He eventually chose LSU. But in Allen, the No. 99 player in the country, the Aggies got someone with size, accuracy, arm strength and the athleticism to make plays with his feet as well. Allen's commitment was significant to the program not just in filling a quarterback need (one of two 2013 signees, Kohl Stewart, chose to sign a contract with the Minnesota Twins after being selected fourth overall in the MLB draft) but because Allen is an out-of-state prospect who had the chance to go just about anywhere he wanted and chose to go to Texas A&M, a sign of the Aggies' rise in national reputation as a result of their first-year SEC success.
2. The future of the offensive line appears in good hands
Coming into the summer, the Aggies already had an offensive tackle commitment (Garland, Texas/Lakeview Centennial's Kealvin Davis) but they were able to add two more offensive linemen in June. Four-star prospect Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas/Manvel), a high school defensive end/tight end, projects as an offensive tackle for the Aggies. Three-star prospect Zachary Ledwik (La Grange, Texas/La Grange) chose the Aggies over several other offers and the coaches like his potential to play any position across the offensive line. That's three solid offensive linemen in the 2014 haul and they're still pursuing others, such as ESPN 300 prospects Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) and Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton).
3. The chase continues for high-level prospects
The Aggies have put themselves in good position with several elite prospects but for some, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Trying to score a commitment from guys such as Smith, Tucker, ESPN 300 defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin), ESPN 300 athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Carr) and ESPN 300 defensive backs Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) and Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) means staying in it for the long haul, as many players of that caliber choose to take official visits during the season or even make All-American game announcements. If the Aggies have similar success on the field as last fall, when they went 11-2, then you can bet they'll be able to snag a couple of those highly-coveted targets by national signing day.
Texas A&M scored its first 2015 commitment from ESPN Junior 300 tight end Jordan Davis (Houston/Clear Lake) on June 13. He'll be the first of many, but the Aggies haven't wasted time in their pursuit of the next class. They've offered two 2015 ESPN Junior 300 quarterbacks (Kyler Murray and Jarrett Stidham) and sit in good position with ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Kendall Sheffield as well as several others, such as defensive tackle Daylon Mack, safety Justin Dunning and receiver Kemah Siverand.
5. The choice of 2015 running backs is plentiful
Several ESPN Junior 300 running backs have received offers from the Aggies and all have the look of big-time backs on the next level. Katy (Texas) High School's Rodney Anderson, Splendora (Texas) High School's Jay Bradford, Baton Rouge (La.) University Laboratory School's Nick Brossette, Longview (Texas) High School's Ja'Mycal Hasty and Plano (Texas) Plano West's Soso Jamabo are the five with offers so far. All have solid offer lists already and snagging any one of them would be a quality pickup.