Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Early Look at Top 10 out-of-State Targets
Ever since the Texas A&M Aggies joined forces with the SEC, recruiting has reached new levels.
A respected recruiting class in 2013, Kevin Sumlin and his staff held no punches early on as the Aggies have the top 2014 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports.
Of course a lot of this is probably going to change.
After all, recruiting wars aren't exactly won in the month of March. But the overall success of the Aggies is going to determine how well this program can recruit out of the state. Out of all 10 early commitments from the 2014 class, every single one of them is from the Texas area.
It is great that Texas A&M can land the kids from the home state, but it is going into other teams territory and stealing a few elite prospects that will put this class over the top.
Here is an early look at some of the top out of state recruits that the Aggies are looking at for the 2014 class.
Kyle Allen, QB, 4-Star
From: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Brief Rundown: Kyle Allen is somebody who will continue to fill out his impressive frame at 6'2" and 185 pounds. He has a quick release and has shown the ability to fit the ball into tight windows. Allen is also an underrated athlete that is more than capable of rolling out of the pocket and making throws on the run.
Latest Update: According to the timeline provided by 247Sports, Allen is scheduled to make an unofficial visit with the Aggies on April 13. In the meantime, Allen has spent much of his time impressing folks at high school all-star games. He also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.
Mark Andrews, WR, 4-Star
From: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Brief Rundown: Mark Andrews stands in at an impressive 6'6", 225 pounds. With his size and athleticism, many see him as a potential H-back or a tight end, but Andrews has said throughout the process he wants to play wide receiver. With great hands and ability to make plays in traffic, Andrews is a target that any quarterback would love to have.
Latest Update: Andrews is slowly but surely racking up the offers from schools and was extended an offer from Texas A&M on February 25. It remains to be seen where Andrews will visit or which schools are truly in the running at this point, but according to the 247Sports recruiting interest, the Aggies are very much in play for his services.
Gerald Willis, DL, 4-Star
From: New Orleans, La.
Brief Rundown: Gerald Willis is somebody who could play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 system with his size and athleticism. He will also continue to grow into his 6'2", 246-pound frame. He gets off the ball well for his size and does a good job of shedding blocks and using his hands.
Latest Update: Williams visited the Aggies during junior day on January 27. However, it appears that the LSU Tigers are the front-runners at the moment, as he told James Smith of Nola.com that they are the only school he will visit this spring. Willis is the younger brother of Alabama safety Landon Collins, so it would be a shocker if he picks a school outside of the SEC West.
Speedy Noil, WR, 4-Star
From: New Orleans, La.
Brief Rundown: Devante "Speedy" Noil is a versatile playmaker who is going to become very popular as we get deeper into the recruiting process. Known for his speed, Noil could end up playing many positions on the offensive side of the ball or play in the secondary. Quick feet, remarkable acceleration and solid ball skills, Noil is a must-have player.
Latest Update: Noil actually visited with Texas A&M back on January 27 and was told about how successful he could be playing as a true freshman with Johnny Manziel. However, the speedy receiver is in no rush to make a decision quite yet. He recently told Max Olson of ESPN that his top five right now would include Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech and USC. Noil also said that he plans to make a decision in the All-American game that he plays in, according to the report.
Garrett Brumfield, OG, 4-Star
From: Baton Rouge, La.
Brief Rundown: Garrett Brumfield spends much of his high school days playing tackle, but due to his athleticism and ability to pop out of his stance, he will more than likely switch to guard in college. He will continue to grow nicely into his 6'3", 272-pound frame and you have to like how he is strong at the point of attack, and his ability to hold his own in pass blocking.
Latest Update: Offers from TCU, Arkansas and Alabama have recently come in for Brumfield, but there have been a few schools standing out for the talented offensive lineman early on. According to Chad Simmons of Scout, Brumfield really likes Texas A&M, Florida and Florida State at the moment. He has already checked out two of those schools and plans to possibly visit the Aggies during their spring game, according to the report.
Justice Hansen, QB, 4-Star
From: Edmond, Okla.
Brief Rundown: Justice Hansen seems to have a little bit of everything to his game. He would fit in a pro-style offense due to his quick release and strong arm. But he also has underrated athleticism and can of make things happen on the fly which would fit well in the spread offense. With good size at 6'4", Hanson would be a good pickup for any team lucky enough to land him.
Latest Update: The Aggies have a good chance of snagging Hansen due to quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital recruiting him since he was still coaching West Virginia. Still, Texas A&M has a lot of work to do in order to seal the deal, as he has already checked out plenty of schools and plans to stop by many SEC schools this spring. Hansen made an unofficial visit to College Station yesterday, according to 247Sports.
Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, 4-Star
From: Scranton, Pa.
Brief Rundown: Jermaine Eluemunor is considered one of the top JUCO transfers of the 2014 class. Coming to the U.S. from England when he was 14, he is still fairly new to the game of football. Although with his size at 6'6", 300 pounds, and his athleticism, a coaching staff would be foolish to pass this kid up if given the opportunity.
Latest Update: Eluemunor really enjoyed his recent visit to Penn State and told Sean Fitz of 247Sports that it set the bar as far as the recruiting process is concerned. He does have plans to checkout a few other schools, which include Ohio State, Arkansas and Alabama. According to the report, Eluemunor says he would like to make his official decision at some point in August. However, his 247Sports timeline says he will make an official visit to Texas A&M on October 25.
Adoree' Jackson, CB, 5-Star
From: Gardena, Calif.
Brief Rundown: Adoree' Jackson is yet another playmaker to come out of Junipero Serra High School, which has produced players such as Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. A player with terrific acceleration and ball skills, Jackson can play on either side of the ball, but he wants to play cornerback. With quick feet and ability to change direction, there is no argument here.
Latest Update: Jackson is still bringing in the offers by the truckload, but he recently told Brandon Huffman of Scout that schools such as Texas A&M, Michigan, Notre Dame and USC, among others are standing out. Another school that Jackson hopes to checkout is LSU, as he told Shea Dixon of 247Sports that he could see himself in Baton Rouge. Still a lot of unknown when it comes to Jackson, but Texas A&M is in the running as of now.
Braden Smith, OG, 5-Star
From: Olathe, Kan.
Brief Rundown: Braden Smith is a big kid at 6'6", 292 pounds, and he has the body frame to where he is going to continue to develop into a monster. Besides him being physically impressive, Smith also has quick feet and plays the game with an extremely high motor. You could see him playing either guard or tackle on the offensive line, but it also wouldn't be surprising if he played along the defensive line.
Latest Update: Smith has already taken an unofficial visit to College Station and has visits schedule for Michigan and Notre Dame, according to his 247Sports timeline. He also officially visited Alabama when the Tide played the Aggies, which he has since landed an offer from the Crimson Tide. If Texas A&M is going to land one of the more impressive recruits of the 2014 class, it will be competing with the big boys.
Leonard Fournette, RB, 5-Star
From: New Orleans, La.
Brief Rundown: Leonard Fournette is not only the top out of state recruit for the Aggies at this point in the process, but he is considered to be one of the top recruits in the entire country. At 6'0", 215 pounds and with his speed, this is somebody who could contribute right now at the college level. A tough-nosed runner with the ability to hit the homerun, it won't be long before Fournette is a household name everywhere.
Latest Update: Fournette recently received an offer from Alabama and according to Greg Ostendorf of ESPN, he is scheduled to visit with the Crimson Tide on March 20th. While this may be scary news for Aggies fans, the report also indicates that both Texas and Texas A&M wrap up his top three early on. He expects to make a final decision at some point during the summer.