Texas A&M class breakdown
Ranking: No. 19 in the nation
Top targets: Kellen Diesch, Travon Fuller, Tyrel Dodson, Trayveon Williams, Ikenna Okeke
Total projected signees: 18
Names to know
Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson, OTs – The duo bookends on Mineola’s offensive line helped turn the small school in northeast Texas into a powerhouse. They’ll both have a chance to continue A&M’s tradition-rich history of offensive linemen.
Justin Madubuike, DE – This strong-side end with speed is the 10th-ranked player in the entire state of Texas, and the 6-2, 250-pound beast could wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
Clyde Chriss, WR – First the Aggies nabbed Speedy Noil from New Orleans, and now they steal Chriss from the Crescent City. He bypassed offers from the other six SEC West schools to attend school in the Brazos Valley.
Charles Oliver, CB – Oliver looked like a man among boys at his Class 4A school, and he played like it. He has good size (6-foot-2.5, 184 pounds) for a defensive back in the SEC, which has plenty of big wide receivers.
Storylines to watch
No quarterback recruit?
The Aggies have locked up the No. 1 quarterback for the Class of 2017 in Tate Martell, but they have none in this year’s class. They had two previous overall top quarterbacks on their roster last season, and both left the team in the offseason. The Aggies haven’t found stability at quarterback since Johnny Football. They may be an injury away from asking a 12th Man to step in.
Under the radar?
Kickers don’t typically receive five stars unless they’re at a kicking camp. Kickers usually fly well under the radar, and A&M recruit Braden Mann from nearby Cypress, Texas, is no exception. Mann is rated as the nation’s No. 2 kicking recruit and was a five-star kicker at Kohl’s Kicking Camps. Oh yes, he was a five-star punter as well
Is this the future offensive line?
The Aggies have done a good job producing NFL-caliber offensive linemen, and they have five more impressive linemen in this year’s recruiting class. Colton Prater from Bossier City, La., is the smallest at 6-foot-4, 275. These kids will get bigger and stronger, and that should bode well for coach Kevin Sumlin’s high-flying offense.
Anytime the Aggies (ranked No. 19) beat the University of Texas is a good thing, especially in recruiting. The Horns are ranked No. 26, so the Aggies are getting work done in the Lone Star State. The Aggies have a solid class starting with its offensive line, big wide receivers, a big defensive backfield, a proven preps kicker and some all-around athletes who can do everything from play wide out, line up in a wildcat formation and return kicks.
All player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.