Texas A&M Aggies: Donovan Wilson

Top position classes: Athletes 

February, 19, 2014

With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and Big Ten)
Ohio State continues to add speed and versatility, and the 2014 class was more of the same. The Buckeyes signed five athletes, and versatility was the name of the game. The Buckeyes' haul included potential corners to big wide receivers to safeties to speedy playmaking receivers and return men. The uber-impressive list includes future cornerback and ESPN 300 No. 45 Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland/Glenville), No. 153 Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall), No. 178 Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), and four-star prospects Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) and Malik Hooker (New Castle, Pa./New Castle).

The Buckeyes had the nation’s best athlete class; these programs had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

February, 3, 2014

This was the final weekend before national signing day, and of course, there was a ton of news around the SEC. Vanderbilt added a slew of commitments, as did Alabama and Texas A&M. There were also some key visits and a decommitment from an SEC West school. Here’s a closer look at the latest recruiting news around the SEC.

Biggest commitments: After suffering 11 decommitments after coach James Franklin left for Penn State, Vanderbilt was in desperate need of a big recruiting weekend, and it finally got it.

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Aggies land 3-star safety Wilson

February, 1, 2014
After losing a safety prospect early last month, Texas A&M needed to find another to help fill out what has already become an impressive recruiting class.

On Saturday, it appears the Aggies found one.

Texas A&M landed a commitment from three-star safety Donovan Wilson (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn), a former Utah commitment, on Saturday evening.

A source with knowledge of the commitment confirmed the news of Wilson's decommitment from Utah and commitment to Texas A&M to ESPN.com and Wilson tweeted about his commitment shortly after making the pledge.

He is the 23rd commitment in Texas A&M's 2014 class. The Aggies were on the hunt for a safety even before they lost ESPN 300 prospect Dylan Sumner-Gardner (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) but when Sumner-Gardner flipped to Boise State early in January, the need for a safety became more pressing.

Wilson took an official visit to Texas A&M the weekend of Jan. 24 but committed to Utah on Monday. The Aggies continued to pursue Wilson and made enough of an impression to cause Wilson to change his commitment on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Wilson is classified as an athlete and is ranked 170th nationally at that spot.

The Aggies are also in the running for a pair of ESPN 300 safeties, Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian). Parker is currently on an official visit to Auburn and is also considering Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. McGraw is down to Oregon and Texas A&M and both prospects are expected to announce their destination on national signing day.


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