Texas A&M Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2013

Texas A&M Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day

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    National signing day has come and gone, and Texas A&M football coaches signed their best recruiting class since 1998. As should be expected, there is good and bad news for Aggie fans on signing day.

    Kevin Sumlin and his staff did a tremendous job of assembling a class that would address the immediate needs for the team in 2013. There were gaps on the Aggies roster, and the A&M coaches used this class to fill those gaps.

    The Ags head into spring football with 12 starters departed from the 2012 squad that went 11-2. The 2013 squad has gaping holes at wide receiver, linebacker and on the defensive line.

    The have depth issues from 2012 that needed to be resolved in this class, and the Aggie coaches did a very good job of addressing that issue.

    This is a look at the good and bad from the Aggies' 2013 national signing day.

Good: Large Class Helps Overhaul the Roster

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    When Kevin Sumlin arrived in Aggieland in December 2011, he recognized that he was going to need more speed on the team and more size in the trenches to compete in the Southeastern Conference.

    Sumlin took a calculated risk when he decided not to chase recruits late in the game; he signed a small class in 2012 with only 19 members, knowing that he could fill the leftover spots in the 2012 class with early signees from 2013.

    That move paid off in spades when the Ags shocked the nation with an 11-2 inaugural SEC campaign, causing the Aggie program to be more desirable to recruits.

    When you put the 2012 and 2013 classes together, Sumlin will have added more than 50 of his recruits to the roster in a 14-month period, successfully overhauling the team into his image in a little more than a year.

Bad: Derrick Griffin Will Not Qualify

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    Derrick Griffin is one of the best athletes in the nation and was the first big recruiting coup for Sumlin in the 2013. class. He committed to the Ags in January and never wavered on his commitment.

    Unfortunately for Griffin and Aggie fans, he will not meet the academic requirements for A&M and will have to attend a junior college in 2013.

    Griffin is a 6'7" 220 pound matchup nightmare at wide receiver who would have teamed with Ricky Seals-Jones and JaQuay Williams to give the Ags the tallest receiver corps in the nation.

    Griffin is also an outstanding basketball player who would have helped Billy Kennedy and the Aggie basketball team. Now Aggie fans will just have to wait and see if Griffin will come back to Aggieland after junior college.

Good: Ags Bring in Best WR Haul in the Nation

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    Three starting wide receivers from the 2013 A&M team have graduated. The Ags return their leading receiver in Mike Evans but clearly need some other receivers to step up in 2013.

    Sumlin and his staff addressed this issue by signing the top wide receiver class in the nation. They brought in height with three receivers standing taller than 6'3", led by the 6'5" Ricky Seals-Jones.

    They also brought in three dynamic candidates for the slot in Laquvionte Gonzalez, Sebastian Larue, and Jeremy Tabuyo.

    The six incoming freshmen will team with the rest of the receivers on the roster to give Johnny Manziel plenty of options in the passing game in 2013.

Bad: Quincy Adeboyejo Signed Elsewhere

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    Kevin Sumlin raised some eyebrows back in March when he offered and received a verbal commitment from an unknown wide receiver from Cedar Hill (TX) High School named Quincy Adeboyejo.

    Adeboyejo had caught only five passes during his junior season for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Many implied that the Aggies only offered Adeboyejo in order to gain favor with Gonzalez.

    But the Aggie coaches liked what they had seen of Adeboyejo on film, so they offered him. All Adeboyejo did during his senior season was catch over 91 passes for 1,265 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

    Unfortunately for Aggie fans, Adeboyejo decided in January that he did not like the large number of receivers in the 2013 class, so he decommitted. He signed with Ole Miss on signing day, and the Ags will get to play against the 6'3" 175-lb. receiver for the next four years.

    It's disappointing to see the Aggie coaches uncover a diamond in the rough only to lose him because he is afraid of competition.

Good: Class Addresses Depth Issues on OL and DL

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    The 2012 version of the Aggies had major depth issues on both sides of the line. The losses of Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore to the NFL draft only exacerbated matters.

    With Spencer Nealy graduating, that means the Aggies have to replace two starters on their defensive line and two starters from their offensive line on a squad that had limited depth to begin with.

    The coaches solved this problem by bringing in a tremendous defensive line class and a solid OL class.

    Jeremiah Stuckey was signed out of the City College of San Francisco and is currently on campus participating in team workouts. He will be a backup at either right or left tackle in 2013.

    Jordan Points from Rockwall-Heath High School (TX) is an early enrollee like Stuckey. He should see time at both strong-side defensive end and defensive tackle in 2013. It is a huge advantage to get Points on campus early because he can add 10 to 15 pounds of good weight while on campus for the next eight months. 

    In addition to Points, Sumlin and his staff signed Justin Manning, Isaiah Golden and Hardreck Walker to play on the defensive interior.

    In 2012 the Aggie coaches were scrambling to find two bodies who weighed 280 lbs and could hold up on the interior against SEC offensive lines. Now they are bringing in three defensive tackle recruits in one class with the size and strength to compete immediately.

    Sumlin recognized that the team needed to get bigger and deeper on the lines, and this class addressed those issues in a major way.