Texas A&M Aggies: Mark Andrews

Top overall position classes in 2014 

February, 21, 2014

With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at which programs compiled the nation's best overall position classes in 2014. For the full top position classes series, click here.

Quarterbacks: Florida
The Florida Gators had a major need at quarterback in the Class of 2014, and Will Muschamp and staff more than filled it, signing two of the nation’s top signal-callers. Third-ranked dual-threat prospect Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day School) is already on campus and preparing for spring practice, while No. 7 dual-threat prospect Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) was a huge signing-day flip from Florida State. Both prospects are great athletes who are accustomed to operating up-tempo offenses. This should also help newly hired offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who will install a similar scheme in Gainesville.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Da'Shawn Hand changing his visit schedule up is good news for Wolverine fans and bad news for Alabama fans; Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M fans can see big pieces of their 2014 recruiting classes on television Friday night; and one of the top juco recruits in last year’s class is going to redshirt at Kansas.

Looking good for the Wolverines
Five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) was set to visit Florida on Oct. 4 for its game against Arkansas and Alabama on Nov. 8 for its game against LSU with national title implications on the line. However, the SAT is on Oct. 5, causing Hand to alter his schedule. Hand is still ironing out the final details, but it looks like he will visit Alabama on Oct. 25 when its hosts Tennessee, and he'll trip to Florida on Nov. 8 when the Gators host Vanderbilt. He’s already taken a visit to Michigan and will announce his decision on Nov. 14. The Wolverines have been his leader for quite some time with Florida and then Alabama next in line. Some observers have long-worried what a visit to Alabama for what could be the game of the year would do to Hand’s process. But a college coach close to the situation believes the change now gives Michigan a major edge and puts Bama clearly third in the pack. “I would say this puts it at about 80 percent for Michigan,” the coach said. “The biggest question left is whether or not Florida can wow him enough right before his announcement to get him to change his mind.”

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Chat wrap: How will RB B. Williams fit?

August, 16, 2013
With about two weeks left until the start of the season, GigEmNation writer Sam Khan Jr. chatted with readers on Friday about Texas A&M football and recruiting. Here's the full transcript of the chat. Here's an excerpt:

Jeremiah (Austin):How will Brandon Williams fit into the offense?

Sam Khan Jr.: Jeremiah, I think Brandon Williams is going to fit in really well. He's tall, fast and explosive. Has a chance to be a threat both carrying the football and as a receiver out of the backfield. He's been recovering from offseason surgery during preseason camp, but should be ready to go on Aug. 31. I think he's going to be a real asset to the offense this year.

Bilbo Baggins (the Shire): Hi Sam, I enjoy reading your blog.Who are you expecting to have a breakout season that people might not be talking much about now?

Sam Khan Jr.: Thanks for the kind words. I think someone who has the potential for a really good season that really isn't talked about much is defensive lineman Alonzo Williams. He found himself in the lineup late last season because the Aggies needed the depth but he started the Cotton Bowl and will start this fall. He has developed nicely and he's going to be a key piece of the Aggies' defensive success up front. I would not be surprised if he had a big year.

Gary (Ft. Worth): Is Kyle Allen an early enrollee? What are the chances he can flip Mark Andrews and bring Tucker and/or Kirk wiith him?

Sam Khan Jr.: Kyle Allen is planning on enrolling early. Andrews has family ties to Oklahoma, so I think it'll be pretty difficult to flip him. Casey Tucker's a hard read right now but the Aggies are in the mix. Christian Kirk -- the Aggies are in real good position with him, but he's not in a rush to commit. He probably won't decide until after this season, at the earliest. But they made a big impression on Kirk when he visited in March.

ESPN 300 targets: Texas A&M 

June, 18, 2013
Texas A&M has nine commits in the ESPN 300, which was released on Monday. Here's a look at the Aggies' top 10 targets in order of the Aggies' chances of landing the prospects:

1. DE Myles Garrett
6-foot-5, 247 pounds
ESPN 300 Rank: 6

Why they want him: Take one glance at Garrett, and it becomes clear why so many schools want him. He's in tremendous physical condition and is a good athlete to boot. He's a weight-room warrior with huge upside.

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Tales From the Road: Texas A&M 

June, 5, 2013
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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OL Tucker still committed but looking 

March, 28, 2013
Aside from being one of the best offensive line prospects in the Class of 2014, Casey Tucker is as straightforward as any recruit in the country. There is no hesitation when he speaks, as unfiltered thoughts flow effortlessly off his lips.

When the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton offensive tackle says he assumed his recruitment would slow down considerably after he committed to the USC Trojans last summer, he means it. When Tucker says he’s kept his ears open as numerous coaches have made their pitches, he suggests his commitment to USC isn’t as solid as it once was, even though he never completely cut ties with other programs.

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Recruits Miss Lone Star Showdown
National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton spoke with top prospects at Nike's The Opening regional in Dallas. The findings were overwhelming: Players want the game back.