Recruiting is the lifeblood of all college football programs, and there are a number of uncommitted recruits in the 2014 recruiting class that the Texas A&M Aggies need to add in order ensure their success in the near future.
The Ags have a nice start to the 2014 class with 10 players (per Rivals) who have already made a verbal pledge to attend Texas A&M. It is early in the process, but the Aggies currently have the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the nation (per 247 Sports).
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff signed a top-10 class in 2013 (per Scout). That is a nice accomplishment, but they know that in order to be competitive in the Southeastern Conference they will need to sign classes like that every year. While the Ags signed one of the top 10 classes in the nation, it was only considered the fifth-best class in the SEC.
The Aggies will need to sign elite talent in 2014 if they want to continue to compete in the SEC. This is a look at some of the recruits they need to land in order to be competitive in the future.
The Ags need to keep the wide receiver position stocked with talent if they are going to be successful on offense in Kevin Sumlin's spread system. K.D. Cannon from Mount Pleasant High School (Texas) is arguably the top receiving prospect in the state.
In the Aggies' spread offense, there are four wide receivers on the field in their base formation. That means you would ideally have a minimum of 12 wide receivers on the roster at all times. In order to maintain that kind of depth, the Ags need to sign at least three wide receivers in every class.
Cannon is a dynamic football player who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He can be a wide receiver like Ryan Swope who you build your offense around. If the Ags want to continue to be a top-five team in the nation, then they need to land Cannon.
Otaro Alaka is a 6'3", 200-pound outside linebacker prospect from Cypress Falls High School (Texas). He is one of the top linebacker recruits in the state and is being pursued by A&M and Texas among others.
The Aggies need to have a championship level defense if they want to win a national title. In order to get to that level, they need to bring in defensive playmakers, and Olaka is that kind of player.
He could develop into an elite-level pass-rusher. There is always a place on the field for a player who can consistently get into the backfield. He projects to be the kind of defensive playmaker all SEC teams covet.
The Ags need playmakers in their linebacker corps, and Olaka fits the bill.
Tony Brown is a 6'0", 180-pound defensive back from Ozen High School (Texas). He is one of the top defensive backs in the nation. Brown has the size to play safety in college and the speed to play corner.
He already has ideal size and speed for an NFL cornerback. Brown's sister, Beloved Brown, committed to LSU, so it is believed that they have a decided edge in his recruitment.
Brown is the type of player who can be projected to be an NFL player while he is still in high school. The Ags are recruiting bigger defensive backs now that they are in the SEC, and Brown would fit into this mold. If Sumlin is able to land Brown, it will constitute a massive recruiting coup.
Everyone knows that the defensive lines are what set the SEC apart from every other conference. The defensive linemen in the SEC are simply bigger and faster on average than any other conference in American. In order to win the SEC title, you need to have an elite defensive line.
The Aggies need to add defensive tackles in their recruiting classes on a yearly basis. They already have DeShawn Washington committed. They need to go out and add Zaycoven Henderson.
Henderson is a 6'1", 270-pound defensive tackle from Longview High School (Texas) who is currently committed to TCU. He is quick off the snap and has very good power.
Henderson would project as a defensive tackle or nose guard in the Ags' 4-3 scheme. He has the strength to hold up on the interior in the SEC. Henderson would help the Aggies stuff the run, which is where all great defenses start.
Jarrett Johnson is a 6'3", 230-pound defensive end from Seven Lakes High School (Texas). He is considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the state of Texas.
He will likely project to be a strong-side defensive end recruit for Texas A&M. He excels at holding the edge at defensive end. When you play in the SEC, you need as much depth on the defensive line as possible, and Johnson could step in and help out immediately.
Johnson has the strength required to play defensive end in college right now. He would be a nice addition to the Ags front seven in the 2014 class.