Texas A&M Football: Predicting Where Aggies Will Finish in 2013 Recruiting Ranks
The Texas A&M football coaches have done a tremendous job assembling the 2013 recruiting class. The class is ranked No. 4 by Rivals.com and No. 6 by Scout.com, but the question is where will they be ranked after signing day in February?
Kevin Sumlin and his assistants have done a tremendous job addressing the needs that they have identified for the program as it enters its inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference. The coaching staff identified the need to increase depth in the front seven on defense and improve the speed at the skill positions.
Sumlin and his staff currently have verbal pledges from four defensive linemen and two linebackers. They will try to add two more defensive linemen and two more linebackers by signing day. By getting Isaiah Giolden and Kerrick Huggins to commit early, they addressed the Ags' biggest need.
Defensive tackle is one of the hardest positions to recruit because good defensive tackles are rare, so everyone is after them. Golden and Huggins are elite defensive tackles who will have the size and strength to step in on day one and see playing time in the SEC.
The Aggies also have commitments from Jordan Points and Jay Arnold, both defensive ends at Rockwall-Heath High School. Both Points and Arnold will start off at strong side defensive end but will likely grow into weak side defensive tackles. Points may see time at defensive tackle as a freshman.
The two linebackers who have committed to the Aggies are Reggie Chevis and Brett Wade. Chevis is a prototypical SEC middle linebacker. He will play immediately when he steps on campus because of his size and strength.
Athlete Alex Sezer recently committed to the Ags. He impressed the A&M coaches by running a 4.40 40 on grass. The Aggies coaches have not decided on what position Sezer will play yet, but he boosts the overall team speed.
When you add him to players like Laquvionte Gonzalez and recruits from the 2012 class like Sabian Holmes and Thomas Johnson, you can begin to see the influx of speed that this staff has added to the program in such a short time.
Quarterback commit Kohl Stewart, considered one of the top baseball prospects in the country, the Ags gained a verbal commitment from a second quarterback in Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill. The staff had questions about the program to answer, and so far it has answered every one.
The Aggies currently have 20 verbal commitments in the 2013 class. If they keep all of those commits and are able to add a few more players as expected, then they will finish with the class ranked in the top five nationally.
It is unlikely that they will hold the 20 commitments together from June to signing day. A player or two will decide that they want to go elsewhere, so there will be some decommitments. With that in mind, all Aggie fans should expect Sumlin to ink a top 10 class on signing day. He has assembled one of the best recruiting staffs in recent memory in Aggieland, and Aggies will bear the fruit of that staff in February.
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