Texas A&M signed its fifth class with Kevin Sumlin as coach on National Signing Day. The Aggies had several top prospects join the recruiting class of 2017, including a threesome from IMG Academy in Florida.
However, there are a few players who stand above. A few true freshmen were insane high school football players, like Roshauud Paul, who was Mr. Texas High School Football. Others were heavily pursued, like a linebacker who boasted nearly 100 offers.
Here are three home run prospects that could be game-changers in College Station.
QB Kellen Mond (Bradenton, Fla.)
Stats: 1,803 yards passing, 19 TDs, 3 INTs; 757 yards rushing, 17 TDs
Mond went to high school in San Antonio for a while but ended up the starting quarterback at IMG Academy. Being around that many top prospects at IMG helped raise his profile. He was responsible for 36 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in 10 games.
While he must improve his throwing skills, Mond should compete for the starting job at Texas A&M as a true freshman. Former JUCO transfer Jake Hubenak is the only upperclassman on the roster. Mond brings that extra playmaking ability with his legs that opens the offense.
LB Anthony Hines (Plano, Texas)
Stats: 245 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles
Hines didn’t play for an exceptional high school program, but he stood out at the highest level of Texas high school football. He earned All-America honors multiple times during his high school career and was one of the most productive players in the state.
His senior year, Hines finished with 245 tackles and 38 tackles for loss in just 11 games — 11 games! For those keeping track at home, that’s a cool 22.3 tackles per game. He did it playing against top competition too, like Texas championship contenders Allen, Denton Guyer and Jesuit. His performance earned him a cool 91 FBS offers out of 128.
Hines is a great fit for John Chavis’ defensive system, where he can play any of the linebacker positions. However, he will likely step in and replace Shaan Washington immediately at inside linebacker.
WR Jhamon Ausbon (Bradenton, Fla.)
Stats: 18 catches for 399 yards, 5 TDs
Like Mond, Ausbon was a Texas high school football star before leaving for IMG Academy for his senior year. While there, he established himself as the best skill position player on the offense and a top-100 prospect.
Texas A&M needs true freshman receivers to step up immediately, and Ausbon is the safest bet. In addition to a solid 6-foot-3, 217-pound frame, Ausbon has the athleticism and football savvy to compete against the best cover cornerbacks.
Ausbon is among the best in the recruiting class at catching the ball at the highest point, and bringing it down with strong hands. That will be even more essential with relatively inaccurate passers under center, whether Hubenak or Mond. Expect Ausbon to start right away.