Texas A&M Football: 5 Recruits Most Likely to Flip to Aggies on Signing Day
The Texas A&M Football team currently has 34 recruits committed in their 2013 class with room for one more player. The question on the mind of all Aggie fans is whom that last recruit will be.
On signing day in 2012, Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin flipped Missouri defensive tackle commit Edmund Ray to A&M. National signing day is three weeks away and the Ags are putting the finishing touches on the 2013 class.
A few of the players who have verbally committed to A&M are taking some last-minute visits to other schools. Over the next three weekends, the Aggies will host multiple recruits who are currently committed to other schools.
The A&M coaches have assembled the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN. It is a tremendous class, but there is still a large hole that needs to be filled at weak-side defensive end.
The Ags need to find someone to replace Damontre Moore's pass rush. This is a look at who the Aggies might flip on signing day to complete their recruiting class.
Chance of Signing: 20 percent
Isaac Savainaea is a 6'3" 231-pound linebacker from Punahou (HI) High School. He is one of the top-rated recruits in the country, and could step in immediately and offer the Aggies depth at middle linebacker.
Savaiinaea was being recruited to A&M by Brian Polian and Matt Wallerstedt. Both coaches have accepted positions elsewhere. Polian was the coach who recruited Manti Te'o to Notre Dame. He is now the head coach at Nevada.
Wallerstedt coached the linebackers at A&M but recently accepted an offer to be the defensive coordinator at Texas Tech. With both of his main recruiters no longer on the A&M staff, it appears that the chances of the Aggies signing Savaiinaea get more remote with each passing day.
Expect Savaiinaea to sign with UCLA on national signing day.
Chances of Signing: 40 percent
Torrodney Prevot is exactly the type of player the Aggies need to finish the 2013 recruiting class with. He is a 6'4" 208-pound defensive end who is a pass-rushing terror. He would step in immediately at A&M and see snaps at weak-side defensive end in 2013. Prevot is currently committed to USC.
Prevot is a little undersized right now because he runs the sprints for the Alief (TX) Taylor High School track team. He does not get much of a chance to lift weights and add muscle in the spring.
When he goes to college and gets in a year-round strength program, he should grow into a 240-250-pound nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.
According to Billy Liucci from TexAgs.com, the Aggie coaches recently visited with Prevot and informed him that there is only one spot left in the 2013 class. Whoever commits first will fill the spot. Since Prevot does not want to make his decision until national signing day, this does not look good for A&M.
Chances of Signing: 80 percent
Daeshon Hall is a 6'6" 230-pound weak-side defensive end from Lancaster (TX) High School. He is one of the most sought-after defensive end recruits in the country, and he helped lead his high school team to the Texas class 4A state final game.
Hall committed to Texas early in the process, but then decommitted and gave his verbal pledge to Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies.
Like Prevot, Hall would play immediately at A&M at the weak-side defensive end spot. Both Prevot and Hall need to add some good weight before they will be elite SEC players, but you cannot coach the speed and athleticism that they both already possess.
Landing Hall is the No. 1 priority of the A&M coaching staff right now. If the Aggies coaches are able to gain his signature, it would be icing on the cake of a tremendous recruiting class.
Chance of Signing: 10 percent
Mackensie Alexander is one of the top cover corners in the nation and participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 5'11" 175-pound defensive back from Immokalee (FL) High School has been on the Aggies' radar all year.
He visited A&M in October and has remained in touch with the coaches. The Aggies already have five defensive backs committed in the 2013 class. They also have a couple of commits categorized as athletes who may play defensive back in college.
Alexander is an elite corner and the Aggies would take his commit if they could get it. Right now, it appears that he is headed to a school closer to his home in Florida.
Chances of Signing: 40 percent
Sebastian LaRue is one of the top wide receiver recruits in the nation. He is a dynamic athlete at 5'11" 185 pounds who could play wide receiver or defensive back in college.
LaRue has the ideal size and skill set for a slot receiver. He committed to USC back in June but opened up his recruitment in January.
LaRue is a good enough athlete where he could play for any team in the country. The Aggies currently have seven wide receiver commits in the 2013 class. They have a much bigger need for a defensive player than another wide receiver.
LaRue may be intrigued by the A&M offense, so there is still a decent chance that he could sign with A&M. He is going to visit Notre Dame on January 25. Do not be surprised to see LaRue end up playing his college ball in South Bend.