Texas A&M Football Recruiting 2012: The Aggies' Top 5 Recruiting Targets

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IJanuary 13, 2012

Texas A&M Football Recruiting 2012: The Aggies' Top 5 Recruiting Targets

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    Times are certainly changing down at Texas A&M.

    After putting together one of the most disappointing campaigns in college football this past season, the Aggies will now be looking for a fresh start with new coach Kevin Sumlin, who will be given the task of leading the team into its new home in the SEC.

    Sumlin's been hard at work since the day he was hired, trying to shape this team for 2012, and it starts with the recruiting class he's had to try and keep intact.

    The Aggies have already signed the biggest recruit of their 2012 class, QB Matt Davis, along with three others, and they currently have commitments from 20 recruits, but Sumlin still has some work to do to make sure he keeps the class together and to make sure he brings in a big haul on national signing day.

    Here's a look at the five most important recruiting targets of Texas A&M's 2012 class.

RB Trey Williams

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    Now that Matt Davis has officially signed, the most important recruit that Texas A&M has to land this year is five-star running back Trey Williams.

    At 5-foot-8 and 175-pounds, Williams isn't the biggest back on the block, but when he gets the ball in his hands, he has a tendency to make magic happen.

    Williams has the speed and the vision to consistently get to the second level, and when he gets into the open field, he can truly be deadly.

    With Cyrus Gray heading off to the NFL and Christine Michael still rehabbing an injury, if Williams does come to College Station, he'll have the opportunity to make a big impact as a freshman in 2012.

S Corey Thompson

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    Corey Thompson has been committed to Texas A&M since last March, but the three-star safety prospect still plans to make visits to LSU and Nebraska in the coming weeks.

    Thompson displayed great range, physicality, and instincts during his time playing for Elkins high school in Missouri City, Texas, and he's the type of impact ball-hawking defensive back who would add some instant stability to a secondary that ranked 109th in the country in pass defense in 2011.

CB Colin Blake

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    Another potential prospect who could really boost A&M's slacking secondary is CB Colin Blake, who committed to the Aggies back in September.

    At 6-foot-3 and 185-pounds, Blake is a big, physical defensive back who could end up at either cornerback or safety at the next level.

    Blake, who played his high school ball at Brandeis high school in San Antonio, Texas, has been feeling out other schools like Oklahoma since the firing of Mike Sherman, which means Kevin Sumlin could have some work to do to make sure he stays committed to the Aggies.

DT Aziz Shittu

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    Aziz Shittu is the type of versatile defensive lineman who could develop into in impact defender at either tackle or end in college.

    The 6'3'', 275-pound All-American is extremely athletic for his size and he's got the type of frame to grow into a dominant defensive linemen.

    Shittu, who played for California's Buhach high school, has a ton of offers from top programs, and it will be interesting to see if the Aggies can convince him to spurn offers from in-state schools like Cal, UCLA, and USC and come down to Texas.

WR Bralon Addison

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    Bralon Addison isn't just one of the most gifted athletes in Texas, he's one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the entire country.

    Addison has been blessed with rare speed and agility, which he showed off quite often during his time at Hightower high school in Missouri City, Texas.

    The four-star prospect played quarterback for Hightower, but his future at the collegiate level is at wide receiver.

    If Addison, who has visits to Oregon and Arkansas lined up in the next few weeks, stands firm on his commitment to the Aggies, he's got the chance to come in and be a valuable offensive weapon if he can pick up the nuances of the wide receiver position quickly enough.