Recruiting season is in full swing, with fans anxiously awaiting the next athlete to pledge his commitment to their favorite school.
Until then, the offseason allows plenty of time to revisit recruiting classes of the past. Without further ado, here are the 10 best recruiting classes from the past 10 years at Texas A&M.
No. 10: 2006
National rank: 17 | Big 12 rank: 3 | Avg. Rating .8520
This class was predominantly 3-star prospects, including cornerback Jordan Pugh. The biggest name from the 2006 recruiting class was quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who finished his career with the all-time passing record at Texas A&M with 8,011 yards.
No. 9: 2013
National rank: 9 | SEC rank: 5 | Avg. Rating .8858
With the coaching switchover, a light 2012 class allowed plenty of room for Kevin Sumlin to bring in his own talent. Thirty-two enrollees were included in the 2013 class, including 5-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, a national top 25 player. The class has suffered more than its fair share of attrition, with transfers and off-the-field issues robbing the roster.
No. 8: 2008
National rank: 16 | Big 12 rank: 3 | Avg. Rating .8688
4-star running back Cyrus Gray was the gem of this class, and his career with the Aggies lived up to the hype. Tony Jerod-Eddie, who, along with Gray, is from DeSoto, Texas, was also a large contributor. Jeff Fuller was a 4-star receiver who had a strong start to his career, but a poor senior year eliminated him from NFL draft consideration.
No. 7: 2012
National rank: 16 | SEC rank: 6 | Avg. Rating .8972
Two five-star prospects were included in the 2012 class, including running back Trey Williams and wide receiver Thomas Johnson. The arrival to the SEC paid early dividends, with seven 4-star prospects pledging their services to the Aggies.
No. 6: 2015
National rank: 11 | SEC rank: 6 | Avg. Rating .8906
Daylon Mack and Christian Kirk are the clear prizes of this class, surviving longer than quarterback Kyler Murray, who transferred to Oklahoma after a season with the Aggies. Tight end Jordan Davis also left the team, but the overall class is still in great shape. Roney Elam, Justin Dunning and Keaton Sutherland should be among the names to step up in their sophomore seasons.
The class has potential, but is still a little too much of an unknown to crack the top five rankings.
No. 5: 2014
National rank: 5 | SEC rank: 3 | Avg. Rating .9099
Three 5-star prospects headlined the 2014 signing class, including defensive superstar Myles Garrett, who is on pace to go down as one of the top players in school history. Speedy Noil was considered the top wide receiver in the nation, and will be looking for a bounce back 2016 after a slow sophomore year. Kyle Allen had an up-and-down career with the Maroon and White before transferring to the University of Houston in the offseason.
No. 4: 2007
National rank: 42 | Big 12 rank: 7 | Avg. Rating .8477
At the time, the rankings weren’t too kind to the 2007 signees. The class claimed two of the better players in school history: Von Miller and Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill went from receiver to quarterback before being drafted in the first round by the Miami Dolphins, while Miller is currently one of the top defensive players in the NFL. The class lacked overall talent, but the elite duo of Tannehill and Miller boost it up in the rankings.
No. 3: 2009
National rank: 25 | Big 12 rank: 4 | Avg. Rating .8565
Top to bottom, the 2009 class was one of the better groups in recent memory. Christine Michael was a 5-star running back considered to be the No. 22 player in the nation. Wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu, a 4-star player from Allen, Texas, ended his career with 19 touchdowns, while fellow receiver Ryan Swope set the school record for career receptions with 252.
Kenric McNeal, Patrick Lewis, Jonathan Stewart, Sean Porter, Kirby Ennis, Spencer Nealy, Dustin Harris and Ryan Epperson were among members of the class.
No. 2: 2010
National rank: 19 | Big 12 rank: 3 | Avg. Rating .8607
Jake Matthews, Luke Joeckel and Cedric Ogbuehi joined A&M in 2010, continuing their paths toward becoming future first round draft picks. Defensive end Damontre Moore helped anchor down the defensive line, eventually becoming a third-round draft pick by the New York Giants. Nate Askew and Malcome Kennedy were among notable wide receivers.
No. 1: 2011
National rank: 34 | Big 12 rank: 6 | Avg. Rating .8289
The last year of Big 12 recruiting ended with setting the table for the future of A&M football. Quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans entered as 3-star prospects, but eventually left as legends. Deshazor Everett, Taylor Bertolet and Drew Kaser were also signees in the class.
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