Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program.
Signing Day 2013 has come and gone, and now the Texas A&M Football coaches are busy building a 2014 recruiting class that will help them compete for the 2014 Southeastern Conference and BCS title.
Now, the Texas A&M Aggies will always field one of the best offenses in the nation as long as Kevin Sumlin is the head coach,. They will be a threat to win on every Saturday because they will have the type of explosive offense that can score on anyone.
But the Aggies will need to focus recruiting efforts on helping build up their defense.
Sumlin and his staff are slowly but surely building the kind of depth on defense needed to field a championship level defense in the SEC. The Aggies brought in five defensive linemen in the 2012 class and six defensive linemen in the 2013 class.
They have one defensive tackle committed in the 2014 class. Sumlin knows that in the SEC you have to win the battle in the trenches in order to win the game. He is stocking the defensive line with the kind of depth that LSU and Alabama have.
Texas A&M will compete for the SEC title in 2014. This is a look at some recruits who the Aggies need to sign if they want to win the SEC in 2014.
Nick Harvey is a 5'11", 180-pound athlete who is now at Fort Bend Bush High School. He played football for the past three years at Lancaster High School but recently transferred.
Harvey has played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and in the secondary in high school. He ran track for Lancaster's excellent program, and has run a 10.95 in the 100 and reached 22 feet in the long jump.
As a junior, Harvey caught 59 passes for 842 yards and nine touchdowns. He was also a succesful defensive back, making 55 tackles and getting seven interceptions. He is a thick athlete who will play either corner or safety at A&M.
Harvey should be able to step in immediately and compete for playing time at the nickel spot in Mark Snyder's defense. He will give the Ags another physical defender in their secondary.
Hoza Scott may be the top recruit in the state for the 2014 class.
He is a 6'2", 210-pound linebacker with tremendous speed. Scott plays at La Porte High School and has been a man among boys since he was a sophomore.
Scott is one of the few high school athletes that you can project right away as an NFL player. If he keeps his nose clean on and off the field, Scott will play on Sundays.
Some consider Scott to be the top outside linebacker prospect in the nation. He is the type of prospect that you can build a recruiting class around.
Scott will play linebacker for A&M in 2014. He will probably start as a freshman since Scott is they type of player who will start all three or four years he is at a school.
Varshaun Nixon is a 5'10", 185-pound running back from Lake Travis High School. As a sophomore he helped Lake Travis win its fifth-straight 4A state title.
Nixon is a skilled runner who is also adept at catching the call out of the backfield. He should be a tremendous weapon in A&M's spread offense because Nixon plays in a similar offense at Lake Travis. Nixon also has a pass-catching threat out of the backfield that would be a big asset to the Aggies in 2014.
Ben Malena will graduate after the 2013 season, and if Brandon Williams has a good season he may leave early for the NFL draft. He could see immediate playing time because of his diverse skill set.
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DeShawn Washington is a 6'3" 273 lb defensive tackle from Nederland High School. Washington plays both defensive end and defensive tackle for Nederland.
He also made a verbal pledge to Texas A&M on March 2.
Southeastern Conference games are won in the trenches, and Washington will give the Ags another 280-pound defensive tackle they can add to the rotation.
When you have depth on your defensive line you can keep the linemen fresh—this should lead to a consistently good pass rush. In 2012, the Ags' four starters on the defensive line had games where they played every defensive snap.
In 2014, with players like Washington, Justin Manning, Isaiah Golden, Jordan Points and Hardreck Walker in the rotation, the Ags will have one of the deepest and most-talented defensive lines in the country.
KD Cannon is a 5'11", 165-pound wide receiver for Mt. Pleasant High School. He is one of the fastest and most elusive receivers in the state.
Cannon would be a perfect fit in A&M's spread offense. He is used in Mt. Pleasant's offense to same way the Aggies used Ryan Swope.
Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin is adept at finding ways to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. Cannon could step onto the field as a freshman and make a difference in SEC football games.
Cannon would likely play in the slot for A&M, and would be a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators who were trying to find a way to defend the Ags' bigger receivers.
Cannon has not committed to a school yet, but he is the kind of difference maker on offense who can win championships for a team. He is definitely a priority target for the Aggie coaches in 2014.