Texas A&M Football: Aggies' Top Priority on National Signing Day

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin celebrates a touchdown during their game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on November 24, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Texas A&M football recruiting class currently has 32 players committed it according to Rivals.com. The 2013 recruiting class is currently ranked among the top 10 in the nation, but it needs to sign at least one weak-side defensive end for the class to be a success.

In 2012 the Aggies' defense was led by weak-side defensive end Damontre Moore. The junior from Rowlett, TX led the A&M defense 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. Moore declared early for the 2013 NFL draft and is projected to be a first-round pick.



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The A&M coaches need to find a way to replace Moore's pass rush. Sophomore defensive end Brandon Alexander and redshirt freshman defensive end Tyrone Taylor will get a chance to claim Moore's spot during spring practice.

There exists a tremendous opportunity for a defensive end to step in and see significant playing time at A&M immediately in 2013. Whether that defensive end is already on the roster or not remains to be seen.

Right now the Aggie coaches have concentrated their recruiting efforts on Torrodney Prevot and Daeshon Hall. Prevot is from Alief Taylor High School near Houston, while Hall played for Lancaster High School in southern Dallas.

Prevot is currently undersized at 6'4" 208 lbs. He will be able to help teams in pass-rushing situations in 2013 because of his elite quickness. Prevot will need to add at least 15 lbs of muscle before he can become an every-down starter at defensive end in the Southeastern Conference.

Hall is lean like Prevot but has better size at 6'6", 230 lbs. He is still light by major college standards, but would only need to gain around 20 lbs to be at the ideal weight for a weak-side defensive end.

Both Hall and Prevot are elite pass-rushers who have excelled in other sports in high school. Prevot runs the sprints for the Taylor track team. Hall is good enough in basketball to elicit scholarship offers from major colleges.

Rivals.com has Prevot ranked as the No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the nation. He has been committed to USC since July but is still looking at other schools. Prevot took an official visit to A&M during the January 25 weekend.

Hall is the No. 15 ranked weak-side defensive in the nation according to Rivals.com. He originally committed to Texas, but then switched to Washington and is keeping his options open as signing day approaches.

The Aggies need to land at least one of these elite defensive ends in order to complete their recruiting class. Right now the absence of a true pass-rusher in the class is a glaring omission.

If Texas A&M can land both Prevot and Hall, it would represent a major coup for head coach Kevin Sumlin and the program. It would mean that Sumlin replaced Moore with the two best pass-rushing prospects the state of Texas has to offer.

It would signal once again to recruiting observers that Texas A&M is going to be a major player on the national recruiting scene for years to come.