After landing the No. 12-ranked class in 2017, Kevin Sumlin is gaining more momentum in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
The Aggies are looking to add more quality depth to their roster after suffering disappointing ends to the past two seasons. However, there is reason for excitement in College Station with some of the playmakers who have already committed to play for Texas A&M.
Four-star safety Leon O’Neal Jr. and 4-star DE Max Wright are both stars in the state of Texas and will provide a big boost to the Aggies defense in 2018.
Here’s where things stand so far for the Texas A&M’s Class of 2018:
Where Texas A&M’s class ranks
The Aggies’ 2018 recruiting class is impressively ranked No. 14 nationally and No. 4 in the SEC by 247Sports composite. Sumlin has also gained the commitment of six 4-star recruits thus far. More highly touted recruits are expected to be on their way to College Station, with a plethora of in-state talent considering the Aggies.
With lots of in-state talent still on the board for Sumlin and his staff, here is the latest news from Aggies recruiting:
- Texas A&M commit Leon O’Neal still hearing from LSU coaches
- S Jordan Moore affirms pledge, says he will enroll early
- Aggies closing in on Joseph Ossai
- Jaylen Waddle trending toward Aggies
- Texas A&M commit continues his trolling ways; this time he went after Texas
- Versatile defender Brian Johnson talks Texas A&M
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 103
- 5-star offers: 11
- 4-star offers: 66
- In-state recruits offered: 49
- Florida recruits offered: 7
- Louisiana recruits offered: 10
- California recruits offered: 11
- S Leon O’Neal Jr., 4 stars, Cy Springs (Cypress, Texas)
- DE Max Wright, 4 stars, Taylor (Katy, Texas)
- OG Luke Matthews, 4 stars, Elkins (Missouri City, Texas)
- S Jordan Moore, 4 stars, Yoakum (Yoakum, Texas)
- OT Colten Blanton, 4 stars, Cy Ranch (Cypress, Texas)
- OG Barton Clement, 4 stars, Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri City, Texas)
- QB Cade Fortin, 3 stars, North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)
- WR Montel Parker, 3 stars, Dickinson (Dickinson, Texas)
- DT Dominic Livingston, 3 stars, Aldine Davis (Houston)
- OLB Brian Johnson, 3 stars, Manvel (Manvel, Texas)
- RB Deneric Prince, 3 stars, Manvel (Manvel, Texas)
- DE Tyree Wilson, 3 stars, West Rusk (New London, Texas)
- K Seth Small, 3 stars, Katy (Katy, Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star WR Jalen Preston, Manvel (Texas)
We profiled Preston’s performance at The Opening earlier this summer here, and he remains a priority target for Texas A&M. He currently ranks as the No. 11 receiver in the nation and the No. 6 overall prospect in Texas. The gifted receiver would be a welcome addition with star WR Christian Kirk likely to enter the NFL draft after this season. Texas A&M is the heavy favorite to land Preston according to the Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports. LSU has also been in the mix recently, but Sumlin should reel in the dynamic in-state receiver.
4-star WR Jaylen Waddle, Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas)
As you can tell from the first 30 seconds of his highlight tape, Waddle is an explosive playmaker with the ball in his hands. Waddle currently is the No. 12 WR in the nation and the No. 7 player in Texas, coming in one spot behind fellow Aggies target Preston in both rankings. He is another player who could help fill the shoes of Kirk in 2018, as he is one of the more dangerous offensive players in 2018. Texas A&M is the leader for the Episcopal standout; however, Alabama and Florida State are making him a priority this summer. He last visited College Station on June 18.
4-star DE Joseph Ossai, Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas)
Texas A&M knows how to produce pass rushers with Von Miller and Myles Garrett, the 2017 No. 1 draft pick, serving as examples. Ossai might not be on that level, but the No. 10 DE in the country projects as an impact rusher on Saturdays. As a junior at Oak Ridge High School, he recorded 8.5 sacks and 10 TFL, and those numbers should continue to improve in his senior season. The Aggies are the heavy favorite for Ossai, who is also considering Texas and Notre Dame.
4-star OLB DaShaun White, Richland (North Richland Hills, Texas)
DaShaun White is the No. 22 OLB in the country and the No. 43 prospect in the state of Texas. He posted huge numbers at Richland as a junior, recording 114 tackles, 18 TFL and 3 sacks. The Texas native would bring a boost to the Aggies run defense, which ranked 80th in the country last season. Texas A&M, Oklahoma and TCU are all in the hunt to land the 4-star prospect, with Oklahoma currently in the lead according to 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. However, the Aggies are still very much in contention.
4-star DT Tayland Humphrey, Hutchinson C.C. (Hutchinson, Kan.)
The 6-foot-5, 35o-pound DT would be another welcome addition to the Aggies’ run defense in 2018. Humphrey is the No. 3 JUCO prospect in the country and could rise even higher with a big performance in his sophomore season. Texas A&M has gained some recent momentum in his recruitment. Right now, though, Oklahoma State is considered the leader for the interior lineman. He visited College Station on June 3 and could return for more visits in the fall as his recruitment heats up.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 1 (Fortin)
- WR: 1 (Parker)
- S: 2 (O’Neal Jr., Moore)
- DE: 2 (Wilson, Wright)
- OG: 2 (Clement, Matthews)
- OT: 1 (Blanton)
- OLB: 1 (Johnson)
- DT: 1 (Livingston)
- RB: 1 (Prince)
- K: 1 (Small)
Here’s a breakdown of Texas A&M’s commits by state:
- Texas: 12 (Blanton, Clement, Johnson, Livingston, Matthews, Moore, O’Neal Jr., Parker, Prince, Small, Wilson, Wright)
- Georgia: 1 (Fortin)