Summer time in College Station.
For 18 of the 21 members of Texas A&M’s most recent signing class, their arrival to campus this week signifies a turning of the page in both their personal life as well as a bulk addition of talent to the depth chart.
Three members of the roster have been with the Maroon and White since January as early enrollees. Trayveon Williams out of C.E. King in Houston, Texas, has been the recipient of constant praise since becoming an Aggie for his hard work and long hours spent in the weight room and reviewing film. In the Texas A&M spring game, he took 10 carries for 27 total yards.
Offensive guard Colton Prater and kicker Braden Mann make up the remainder of early enrollees. Prater should see early backup action due to an inexperienced offensive line presenting early opportunity. Meanwhile, Mann will likely bide his time as kicker Daniel LaCamera and punter Shane Tripucka handle special team duties to start the season.
Seven 4-star prospects have already enrolled on campus, including offensive tackle Kellen Diesch and 6-foot-2 wide receiver Quartney Davis. Davis has the ability to step in and play right away, but will be able to do so as a luxury rather than a necessity. When opposing defenses find a way to cover Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds and the remainder of the Texas A&M weapons on field, Davis could benefit from a number of mismatches in his freshman year.
Clyde Chriss is another four-star product joining the Maroon and White at wide receiver, as is three-star Frankston high school product Kendrick Rogers. Aaron Hansford was a signing day swing thanks to new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Though Hansford is listed as a linebacker, he is expected to try out offense to start the 2016 season with a focus on tight end.
Another tight end who arrived to College Station with the 2016 signing class is Luke Laufenberg. Teammates with Nick Starkel at Liberty Christian in Argyle, Laufenberg received far less notoriety during recruitment due to a sports hernia injury causing him to miss significant time. Healthy and ready to go, Laufenberg is talented enough to play early. However, given A&M’s recent usage of the tight end, it will be interesting to see just how often he is on the field.
Justin Madubuike, Alton Robinson, and Moses Reynolds have yet to make it to campus, but are expected to enroll in the near future and begin preparation for the UCLA Bruins on Sept. 3. Reynolds is the younger brother of A&M’s wide receiver, but could find himself playing on the other side of the ball when the season gets underway. Madubuike is the highest-rated member of the Aggies’ signing class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Ratu Mafileo gave a verbal commitment to the Aggies on May 23, but is continuing to visit other schools including the University of Oregon. A JuCo product out of the College of San Mateo in California, Mafileo makes his home at defensive tackle. The Aggies are also hopeful to add T.D. Moton into the fold, but his status is still up in the air due to academic reasons.