The Texas A&M Football coaches are putting their finishing touches on the 2013 recruiting class as signing day quickly approaches. There are still multiple spots available in the Aggies' 2013 class, so the current state of the class is in flux.
Wide receiver Tony Stevens decommitted from A&M over the weekend and committed to Auburn. That opens up another spot in the class.
Right now it appears that the Ags have three open spots in their class. Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin surprised observers by landing defensive tackle Edmund Ray on signing day in 2012. It remains to be seen whether Sumlin has another trick up his sleeve for 2013.
With the graduation of Damontre Moore, the Ags have a huge need for defensive ends in this class. They need to add instant impact pass-rushers. Texas A&M will lose six starters on defense from the 2012 squad.
The offense should be prolific in 2013 with quarterback Johnny Manziel at the helm. If the Aggies want to compete for a Southeastern Conference and BCS title, then the defense will tell the tale.
They need a pass rush to keep opposing quarterbacks off balance. The Aggies need at least one defensive end in this recruiting class who can step in and contribute right away as a true freshman.
This is a signing day wish list for Texas A&M.
The Aggies have a huge need at weak-side linebacker and Daeshon Hall would fill that need. At 6'6", 230 lbs Hall already has the size to play defensive end in the SEC immediately.
He has the type of frame where he could add 30 pounds over the next few years without losing any quickness. Hall has the kind of ability where he should hear his name called in the NFL draft in four years provided he stays healthy.
Hall had 18 sacks as a senior at Lancaster (TX) High School. He has racked up 29 sacks over the last two seasons. Hall would see immediate playing time at A&M as a situational pass-rusher.
The Aggies hosted Hall on an official visit during the January 18th weekend. According to Billy Liucci from TexAgs.com, the Aggies are now the favorite to sign him.
Pulling Hall away from his Washington commit would be a huge coup for the A&M staff.
The biggest news from the weekend is that there are at least two spots available in the Aggies' 2013 class. That means that in theory the Ags could land both Hall and Alief (TX) Taylor freak of nature Torrodney Prevot.
Prevot packs only 208 lbs on his 6'4" frame, but it is all muscle. He looks like he weighs at least 20 pounds more.
Like Hall, Prevot is a player who would see the field immediately as a situational pass-rusher. If the Aggies were able to land both Prevot and Hall, they would effectively answer their question of where the pass rush will come from in 2013.
It would also mean that Sumlin would have landed the top two pass-rushers and defensive ends in the state during his first season in Aggieland.
Sebastian LaRue would be a luxury for A&M right now. The Ags currently have five receivers committed in the class, so there is no need to add more. LaRue is a dynamic playmaker and would be a good get for any program.
He still has an official visit scheduled for Notre Dame. LaRue will decide between Notre Dame, A&M and Washington State on signing day.
The Ags have a tremendous need for more depth on the defensive side of the ball. If they can land LaRue then that is great news because it will give their offense another weapon against SEC defenses.
He is a luxury right now though and not a priority. Currently, defensive ends are a much higher priority for A&M than another slot receiver.
According to Billy Liucci from TexAgs.com, Reuben Foster continues to stay in contact with the Aggie coaches. Foster is considered the No. 1 linebacker recruit in the country. Foster originally committed to Alabama, then switched to Auburn and is now open again.
The 6'2", 240 lb. athlete would see immediate playing time at middle linebacker for the Aggies. He could step in right away and offer a physical presence against the run that the Aggies were losing with the graduation of Jonathan Stewart.
Foster is a huge long shot to sign with A&M. Still, the fact that he continues to call the A&M coaches means they have a chance. Expect Foster to end up at Auburn, but the SEC is always full of signing day surprises, so anything is possible.
With possibly three spots open, there is still the possibility that Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies will pull off a signing day surprise like they did in 2012. They stole Edmund Ray at the last minute from Missouri in 2012.
Who could that player be in 2013? Foster would definitely fit into this category, as would Hawaiian linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea. Sumlin assembled a coaching staff that is extremely aggressive when it comes to recruiting.
There is a very real possibility that they will steal another school's commit at the last minute.