Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin didn’t need to sign a high-profile high school quarterback in the Class of 2016. Instead, he signed a grown man.
Sumlin had nothing but praise for graduate student Trevor Knight, the 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP for Oklahoma who transferred to Texas A&M. Sumlin said his new quarterback will play a huge role in steering the Aggies into a smoother direction after a tumultuous 2015 season.
“As I said before, as college football goes he’s a grown man,” Sumlin said at his press conference on National Signing Day. “He’s got his degree and he’s in grad school at the Mays School of Business. You see how certain guys ooze leadership. He’s a tremendous team guy, a leadership guy. His conversation level different than an 18-year-old. He’s filling a leadership role that we need right now.”
Texas A&M’s Class of 2016 includes 22 players at this point, with 12 offensive players, seven defensive players and three athletes who can play either side of the ball.
Sumlin said his offensive and defensive coaches were already bickering over who gets Aaron Hansford, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound do-it-all athlete from Washington, D.C. Sumlin said that since he first got recruited by offense, Hansford will get a shot to play offense first.
The Aggies signed five offensive linemen, including the 285-pound Anderson brothers (Riley and Austin), who played the offensive tackle spots for Mineola (Texas).
Moses Reynolds, the younger brother of Aggie wide receiver Josh Reynolds, signed as an athlete. Sumlin said Moses wants to play defense, most likely safety, and said their mother advised Moses to not take out 18 years of frustration on his older brother.
The Aggies stayed in-state to sign a couple of running backs — Trayveon Williams, who’s already enrolled, and Rakeem Boyd.
Sumlin talked about the size of the defensive back prospects signed today, giving credit to defensive coordinator John Chavis, who also brought in two of the top recruits from Tennessee in 6-3 defensive back Ikenna Okeke and Tyrel Dodson (6-2, 235). Dodson was Mr. Football in Tennessee last year.
The Aggies signed a pair of players from New Orleans in wide receiver Clyde Chriss and defensive back Clifford Chattman (6-5, 173)
Sumlin didn’t shrug off his signing of kicker/punter Braden Mann, who’s from nearby Cypress, Texas, and considered one of the best kickers and punters in the country.
The Aggies did sign a quarterback, Nick Starkel from Argyle, who is the No. 20 pro-style signal-caller in the country.
“It was a good day today for a lot of future Aggies,” Sumlin said. “We filled a lot of needs that we needed.”