Texas A&M Aggies: Kendall Sheffield

If you follow Texas A&M recruiting via social media, you've probably seen the hashtag by now.

#WRTS

Four letters that have become the rallying cry of Aggie recruits, coaches and fans alike. Their meaning? "We run this state."

That's the way the Aggies feel right now when it comes to the state of Texas A&M recruiting, and considering the recruiting prowess they've shown during the Kevin Sumlin era, and particularly this recruiting cycle, it's difficult to debate that point.

A state once ruled in recruiting by Texas and coach Mack Brown in the mid-2000s has seen the balance of power shift roughly 100 miles eastward to College Station, Texas. In the Longhorns' heyday, it seemed as if they could land any in-state prospect they wished and right now, it almost seems as if the Aggies are enjoying that fortune themselves.

This week has illustrated that to a certain extent. Thursday was a big day for the Aggies as they landed two prospects out of Texas high school football power Cedar Hill High School: ESPN 300 receiver DaMarkus Lodge and outside linebacker Richard Moore.

Earlier this week, the Aggies also scored pledges from four-star offensive tackle Keaton Sutherland and three-star linebacker Landis Durham. That's not to mention that earlier this month, they landed four-star defensive tackle Kingsley Keke and last month received a commitment from ESPN 300 WR Kemah Siverand and perhaps their most impactful recruit of the cycle, five-star quarterback Kyler Murray.

Texas A&M is on quite the recruiting roll.

The Aggies' class, which is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN Recruiting Nation class rankings, holds 17 commitments, nine of whom are in the ESPN 300, and the class has 13 prospects with four-star-or-higher ratings. The Aggies hold commitments from the Lone Star State's No. 1 quarterback (Murray), receiver (Lodge), tight end (Jordan Davis) and defensive tackle (five-star prospect Daylon Mack).

Two of the state's top three players are committed to the Aggies and three of the top eight. And when it's all said and done, the Aggies could finish with four of the top five and five of the top 10 in Texas if their pursuit of cornerback Kendall Sheffield and linebacker Malik Jefferson falls their way. Neither has plans to announce his destination anytime soon, but the Aggies are strong players for both, and if that were to happen, the Aggies would lay claim to the state's top player at six different positions.


That would be a rough fate for the Aggies' chief recruiting rival (though no longer on-field rival) Texas and new coach Charlie Strong, who is already feeling the effects of A&M's success. But in reality, this isn't about Texas for the Aggies. It's about building a team and program that can compete and succeed long term in what many consider to be the country's toughest conference, the SEC.

With the Lone Star State being such fertile recruiting ground, the competition for talent will always be fierce. Whether it's Texas, a surging Baylor program that is reaching unprecedented success under Art Briles, a young, energetic, charismatic staff led by Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech, TCU's presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex or staving off out-of-state schools such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and other national powers, it's impossible to get every prospect desired from the large pool of talent Texas provides. But snagging most of the desired prospects bodes well for the future.

Texas A&M must continue to produce on-field success this fall -- let's not forget, the Aggies' 20-6 run in their first two seasons as SEC members and the visibility provided by having a Heisman Trophy winner are significant factors why the Aggies are such an attractive option to recruits right now. And teenagers can be fickle, making recruiting an unpredictable roller coaster until pen meets paper on the first Wednesday in February.

But if the Aggies can hang on to the high-level prospects they've already gained pledges from and continue recruiting at their current pace, the effects could be felt well beyond the state's borders, throughout SEC country and across the nation in years to come.
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Whether or not it’s fair to say ESPN 300 quarterback and Texas A&M commit Kyler Murray is a pied piper is still to be determined. As good as he has been in high school -- two state championship rings, invitations to the Elite 11 finals and The Opening and nearly two dozen scholarship offers -- he has yet to play a down of college football.

But for an athlete who turns 17 in August, the expectations are incredible for Murray, who is the nation's top-ranked quarterback in the 2015 class. Watch him play and it makes sense. His drive to be the best is infectious, and his refuse-to-lose attitude has not only attracted coaches from coast to coast but also made them look past his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame.

More important, Murray has other recruits -- on offense and defense -- wanting to be his future teammate.

The Kyler Murray effect is real, and it’s something the Aggies hope to benefit from this summer.

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There are those who believe the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M is dead because the two programs are no longer in the same conference.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNTexas and Texas A&M are both after Kendall Sheffield, the No. 2 CB in the nation.
Those people are misguided. And emphatically incorrect.

Two words in February by new Texas head coach Charlie Strong helped light a new spark in the rivalry between two of the most respected programs in the Lone Star State. When asked about A&M’s recruiting methods -- which includes coach Kevin Sumlin making player visits in a helicopter dubbed the “Swagcopter” -- Strong said the Longhorns didn’t need to be a “gadget program,” as the university and its prestige still was enough to attract recruits.

The rest of the spring and the upcoming summer will be perfect opportunities to gauge where both programs stand among some of the elite athletes who are still uncommitted. Which school will dominate in recruiting the 2015 class?


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video Throughout this recruiting cycle, RecruitingNation will profile a number of ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, including an inside look at the prospect, his recruitment, a scouting report and what college program could benefit when he ultimately makes his decision.

HOUSTON -- It says a lot when you can walk around various athletic events wearing a shirt that reads “Speed kills,” and nobody questions or contradicts you.

This is the fortunate life of ESPN 300 cornerback Kendall Sheffield. In his world, speed does kill. As does size. And physicality. And overall athleticism. When those individual skill sets work together for him on the football field, it usually isn’t good news for an opposing receiver.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offering: There are plenty of great storylines to follow with the Class of 2015, but few will be bigger than the recruiting battles between new Texas coach Charlie Strong and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. At the frontlines of the battle between the two Lone Star State powers is Kendall Sheffield, the top ranked prospect in the state.


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Texas A&M had its first junior day for the Class of 2015 on Sunday, and as expected the visitors' list was stellar.

One of the elite prospects on hand was Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall High), the No. 13 prospect in the ESPN Junior 300.

The 6-foot, 180-pound two-sport star has been on campus before, so Sunday’s visit was more about the relationship-building process.


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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M got some positive news on Tuesday gaining the commitment of a significant prospect in the class of 2015.


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Summer recruit wrap: Texas A&M 

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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


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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


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PEARLAND, Texas — June has been a busy month for highly-regarded 2015 cornerback Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall).

Since the spring semester concluded, Sheffield took a visit to Texas A&M, traveled to Chicago for the Rivals Five-Star Challenge and he has been working on his other passion, track and field, in anticipation of some big meets this summer.


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Every Wednesday, Sam Khan Jr. will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Texas A&M recruiting for the week.


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The spring has been good to 2015 receiver Kemah Siverand (Houston/Cypress Ridge). Plenty of college coaches have come through the school to see him and on Thursday, he scored his first offer, from Texas.

He'll attend Longhorns camp on June 9 in Austin, but first is a stop this weekend in College Station, Texas, at Texas A&M's first camp of the year. The 6-foot, 178-pound prospect feels good about where he stands with the Aggies after assistant coaches Clarence McKinney and Jeff Banks stopped by Cypress Ridge last week to evaluate him.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Class of 2015 defensive back Kendall Sheffield (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall) walked with a bit of a lean forward on Saturday, but with good cause. He’d just won three silver medals at the UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin.

Sheffield placed second in the 4A 110-hurdles, 300-meters and 4x100-meter relay.


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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — When it comes to the track, success is almost as natural to Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall) as it is on the football field.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNClass of 2015 cornerback Kendall Sheffield is a track star, too.
Yes, Sheffield is one of the most notable Class of 2015 football prospects in the Houston area and the state of Texas, but the cornerback has been running track as long as he's been playing football. Over the weekend in the Texas Class 4A Region III track and field championships, he showed off those skills, winning the 300-meter hurdles (37.56 seconds) and finishing second to ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.97 seconds.

It was his first regional title in high school and he'll head to the Texas state championships in May in both events.

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Kendall SheffieldSam Khan Jr./ESPNSophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield is already getting offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.
Kendall Sheffield is one of the hottest names in the 2015 class, having picked up three major offers in recent weeks from LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

The 6-foot, 177-pound cornerback was a first-team all-district selection in his first varsity season for Missouri City (Texas) Thurgood Marshall and his future appears bright.

He attended Texas A&M junior day on March 2 and, so far, that's his only trip to a college.


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