Texas A&M Recruiting: Ranking the Aggies' Top 5 Committed Recruits
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his assistant coaches have been hard at work assembling a 2014 recruiting class that has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation by various pundits.
The Ags have a core group of players committed that are as good as any group in the country.
Recruiting rankings exist so that fans will have something to argue about after the games have ended. For every blue-chip 5-star player who becomes an All-American like Jadeveon Clowney, there is a 3-star player like Johnny Manziel that the "experts" missed on.
The various recruiting services do not take into account the various needs of teams, nor how a particular player fits into a team's scheme. They are simply a guess about whether a recruit will develop into an NFL player in a few years.
High school players are often overlooked by these services because they do not fit into the prototypical size and speed requirements for an NFL player.
The irony is that they are supposed to be ranking high school players on how well they are projected to perform in college, not how well they project to do in the NFL in four or five years.
This is a look at the top five recruits that are currently committed to Texas A&M in the 2014 recruiting class.
5. Kealvin Davis OT
Kealvin Davis highlights
Kealvin Davis is a 6'5" 250-pound offensive tackle recruit from Lakeview High School in Garland, Texas. Davis is ranked as a 3-star recruit by 247sports.com, and is the No. 92 overall player in the state.
He is the epitome of what coaches are looking for in a left tackle prospect. Davis has long arms and is very agile for a man of his size.
Winning teams in the Southeastern Conference are dominant in the trenches; if you want to have a good offensive line, then you need to have a great left tackle.
Davis should redshirt in 2014 and then compete for a starting spot the following year. He will be fighting to to continue in the left tackle lineage at A&M that includes Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi.
4. Nick Harvey DB
Nick Harvey highlights
Nick Harvey is one of the best football players in the state of Texas. He, along with 2013 A&M signee Daeshon Hall, helped lead Lancaster (TX) High School to the 4A state finals in 2012.
Harvey played quarterback, receiver and defensive back for the Tigers as they made their run to the state final. He transferred to Bush High School in Richmond, TX for his senior season.
Texas A&M is recruiting Harvey as a cornerback. He is ranked by 247.com as a 4-star recruit and the No. 63 overall recruit in the nation.
Harvey should be able to step in immediately and help the Aggies at cornerback in 2014.
3. Kyle Allen QB
Kyle Allen 2012 highlights
Kyle Allen is a 6'3" 185-pound quarterback from Desert Hills (AZ) High School. Some would argue that he is the most important commit in the 2014 class.
Allen is ranked by some as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. He is ranked by 247sports.com as a 4-star recruit and the No. 47 overall player in the country.
The commitment of Allen was huge for the Aggies because it proved that A&M is recruiting on a national level. To go out of state and secure a commitment from arguably the top quarterback in the country over programs like Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama is a big feather in Kevin Sumlin's cap.
Allen has a very strong arm and is accurate while on the run. He passed for over 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior.
When Allen arrives in Aggieland, he will likely redshirt to learn the offense during the 2014 season. He should compete for the starting job in 2015.
2. DeShawn Washington DT
DeShawn Washington is a 6'3" 280-pound defensive tackle from Nederland, TX. He is considered by many to be the top defensive tackle in the state in the 2014 class.
Washington is ranked as a 3-star recruit by 247.com and the No. 47 overall recruit in the state. His quickness off the ball and strength jump out at you when you watch his highlights.
The SEC is known for producing dominant defensive linemen. If A&M is going to have continued success in the SEC, then they are going to have to recruit the top defensive tackles in the nation.
It is extremely hard to find elite interior defensive tackles; it is historically one of the hardest positions to recruit. Landing Washington was a big coup for the Aggie coaches because it ensures that they will have increased depth on the defensive line.
1. Hoza Scott LB
Hoza Scott sophomore highlights
Hoza Scott is a 6'3" 220-pound linebacker from La Porte, TX. He is one of the best linebackers the state of Texas has produced in a few years.
Scott was a man amongst boys in high school. His highlight films are some of the best to come out since Jaeveon Clowney's videos hit YouTube.
He uses his size and speed to dominate games on defense. Scott may be the best overall athlete to commit to the Aggies since Von Miller committed in the fall of 2006.
Scott is ranked as a 5-star recruit by 247.com and is the No. 39 overall recruit in the nation. He is the kind of player that helps you win national championships.
When you play in the best football conference in the country you need to bring in some of the best football players in the country in order to be able to compete.
Scott is a standout even among the top prospects in the nation.