Texas A&M has treated National Signing Day as a pseudo holiday the past few years, especially considering the Aggies’ recruiting success with Kevin Sumlin. The class of 2017 won’t necessarily bring that level of excitement, but it’s a good one.
The Aggies have 9 players from the class enrolled, including most the program’s 4-star commits. Quarterback Kellen Mond and wide receivers Jhamon Ausbon and Hezekiah Jones ensure that the program will have an infusion of talent next year. Linebacker Anthony Hines was one of the most pursued players in the nation — he is already taking classes in College Station.
Additionally, for the second consecutive year, there isn’t a 5-star headliner in the class like Myles Garrett or Christian Kirk. Instead, the Aggies opted to take a few more chances on developmental options. But while Texas A&M’s class won’t necessarily make national headlines, Wednesday can be a major day for the program.
Here’s what would make National Signing Day a success for Texas A&M.
3. Earning Devodrick Johnson back
Johnson de-committed from Texas A&M during the summer but rejoined the recruiting class. However, after visiting Baylor, the 3-star linebacker is once again in doubt.
Johnson will announce his commitment on Tuesday night, on the eve of National Signing Day.
I will be announcing which school I will be signing my NLI to tonight at 7 ?? #Blessed
— Devodrick Johnson (@foebg_) January 31, 2017
Johnson isn’t necessarily a game-changing prospect, but he fills a positions of great need. Texas A&M has depth issues at linebacker, so Johnson could be asked to play in either his freshman or sophomore year. Listed at 6-1 and 210 pounds, Johnson played both quarterback and linebacker at Kimball High School in Dallas.
Defensive coordinator John Chavis values players who can play all over the field, and Johnson fits that mold.
2. Signing day being boring
Texas A&M has 26 prospects committed. Previously, 4-star Levi Jones had the Aggies in his final group, but SEC Country is reporting he is heading in a different direction.
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) January 29, 2017
Ultimately, National Signing Day 2017 isn’t going to have the drama of previous days under Sumlin. However, that will ultimately be a good thing for the program. Really, does Texas A&M need any more drama?
Instead, it will be a successful day if the Aggies simply hold onto their own prospects. The 26-man recruiting class is a good one. It will rank among the top half of the SEC, which is good enough to compete at the highest level. If there’s any late mayhem, it will only hurt.
1. Finishing with a top-10 class
This part will be outside of the Aggies’ control. Texas A&M has a relatively big class with 26 players committed, including 9 4-star prospects. With the rankings as they are, the Aggies have the No. 10 class in the nation.
However, with the class nearly complete, the Aggies are narrowly holding off a couple other teams for that position. Stanford only has 14 commits in its class, but is right on the Aggies’ tail. Clemson and Notre Dame also could break into the mix.
However, if Texas A&M can hang onto its players and things break its way, the Aggies could hold onto a top-10 class. Having that on Sumlin’s resume could buy him a little more time down the road.