With the end of the contact period and JUCO signing day both coming within the last seven days, it has been a busy and successful week for Texas A&M recruiting.
While the Aggies didn’t land Jarrett Stidham — he picked Auburn last Saturday — coach Kevin Sumlin did secure the services of the No. 2 junior college defensive end in Micheal Clemons and flipped Oklahoma State commit Dan Moore. With the two additional prospects, the Aggies now have the largest recruiting class in terms of prospects committed in the SEC. Texas A&M’s 26 commitments edge Alabama and Tennessee, which have 25.
The coming weeks should be pretty quiet for the Aggies, given the recruiting dead period and the holidays. But expect things to pick up again after Jan. 1, given the early enrollees and the Under Armour and U.S. Army All-American bowls.
— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) December 10, 2016
Here’s a look at the current group of Texas A&M commitments as of Friday:
Where Texas A&M’s 2017 recruiting class ranks
Despite the two additions, Texas A&M actually dropped a spot in the rankings. The Aggies did narrow the gap between themselves and LSU, but Michigan and Jim Harbaugh have added a slew of talented commitments in the past week to overtake the Aggies at No. 6. Texas A&M now sits at No. 7 nationally and No. 4 in the SEC.
Who are Texas A&M’s top commitments?
- 4-star (.9620) WR Jhamon Ausbon (Bradenton, Fla.)
- 4-star (.9613) ILB Anthony Hines (Plano, Texas)
- 4-star (.9545) QB Kellen Mond (Bradenton, Fla.)
- 4-star (.9291) S Derrick Tucker (Manvel, Texas)
- 4-star (.9282) WR Hezekiah Jones (Stafford, Texas)
- 4-star (.9137) OT Grayson Reed (Houston)
- 4-star (.8971) OLB Devodrick Johnson (Dallas)
- 4-star (.8929) S Keldrick Carper (Plain Dealer, La.)
Who committed to Texas A&M this week?
The Aggies added Clemons and Jones, with Clemons committing on Saturday and Jones on Monday. The two players should at the very least provide more depth to the offensive and defensive lines. Clemons could come in right away and help, given Texas A&M will lose Daeshon Hall to graduation and most likely Myles Garrett to the NFL Draft. Also, the Aggies could get even more good news, as JUCO cornerback Kendall Sheffield is set to make his college decision shortly. Sheffield, who committed to Alabama out of high school before transferring, has narrowed it down to Texas A&M and Ohio State.
Who de-committed from Texas A&M this week?
Texas A&M made it through the final face-to-face recruiting weekend of 2016 without losing any commitments. The Aggies last lost a commitment when JUCO defensive end Tyree Owens de-committed on Nov. 25. With the contact period not resuming until Jan. 11, it’s hard to see the Aggies losing any prospects before then.
Who are Texas A&M’s top uncommitted prospects?
- 5-star DT Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, Texas)
- 4-star ATH Rahyme Johnson (Los Angeles)
- 4-star RB Travis Etienne (Jennings, La.)
- 4-star OLB Levi Jones (Austin, Texas)
- 4-star JUCO CB Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas)
Texas A&M recruiting class breakdown:
- Quarterback (2): Kellen Mond, Connor Blumrick
- Running back (1): Jacob Kibodi
- Wide receiver (4): Jhamon Ausbon, Hezekiah Jones, Roshauud Paul, Camron Buckley
- Tight end (2): Keynel McZeal, Camron Horry
- Offensive line (5): Grayson Reed, Adrian Wolford, Jared Hocker, Carson Green, Dan Moore
- Defensive line (4): Jayden Peevy, Tyree Johnson, Ondario Robinson, Micheal Clemons
- Linebacker (3): Anthony Hines, Santino Marchiol, Devodrick Johnson
- Defensive back (5) Derrick Tucker, Keldrick Carper, Myles Jones, Debione Renfro, Devin Morris
Geography of Texas A&M recruiting class:
In-state — 19: Hines, Tucker, Hezekiah Jones, Reed, Devodrick Johnson, Peevy, Myles Jones, Buckley, Paul, Morris, McZeal, Robinson, Horry, Blumrick, Hocker, Renfro, Green, Clemons, Moore
Out-of-state — 7: Ausbon, Mond, Carper, Marchiol, Wolford, Tyree Johnson, Kibodi
Other states and districts represented: Florida (3), Louisiana (2), Oklahoma (1), Washington D.C. (1).