Texas A&M Recruiting: 5 Recruits the Ags Must Land to Secure 2014's Top Class
The Texas A&M Football team currently has the No. 1 rated recruiting class in the nation for 2014. If the Aggies want to have the No. 1 class on signing day, then head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff are going to have to convince a few more of the nation's top recruits to come into the fold.
Recruiting rankings are ever-changing. When Aggie signee Ricky-Seals Jones decommitted from Texas in June of 2012 he was ranked as the top wide receiver recruit in the country and a top 10 national recruit.
By the time Seals-Jones signed with the Ags in February, he had dropped down to the No. 8 wide receiver recruit and No. 61 overall. Seals-Jones played quarterback and wide receiver as a senior at Sealy (TX) High School and evidently dropped because he was injured for much of the year.
It is impossible to accurately predict who will finish with the No. 1 ranked class in eight months in advance. The rankings of the individual recruits change as the "experts" fall into and out of love with multiple prospects.
Some recruits will see their rankings skyrocket, while others will see them tumble. Sometimes this will happen without the recruit playing in an actual game.
College coaches just have to hope that they can identify and sign the best players for their systems. The Aggies are off to a nice start in the 2014 class with 14 players committed who will fill some of their needs.
The Ags will have to finish strong if they want to have the top ranked class in February. This is a look at some of the recruits the Aggies have to land in order to have the No. 1 class on signing day.
Myles Garrett DE Arlington (TX) Martin
Myles Garrett may be the most important recruit left on the board for the Aggies. The 6'4", 240-pound athlete from Arlington, TX is one of the top pass-rushers in the nation.
In the Southeastern Conference you win games by winning the battle in the trenches. You have to have an elite defensive line if you want to be an elite team in the conference.
Programs like Alabama and LSU have pass-rushers like Garrett stacked on their roster. The Ags signed the top pass rusher in the state in the 2013 class in Daeshon Hall.
If they want to reach the level of sustained success that Alabama and LSU have enjoyed, then they need to continue to bring in elite pass-rushers.
Getting Garrett's signature in February will go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. Garrett is also considered a 5-star prospect by 247.com and the No. 2 overall weak-side defensive end in the country.
He will give whatever school signs him a nice boost in the rankings.
Qualen Cunningham DE Hamilton (AZ) High School
Qualen Cunningham is a 6'3", 230-pound weak-side defensive end from Chandler, AZ. He is a pass-rushing terror built out of the same mold as Myles Garrett.
Cunningham uses his 4.6 speed on the 40 to be a disruptive force in the offense's backfield. He is ranked the the No. 9 weak-side defensive end in the country by 247.com.
Pass-rusers, cover corners and quarterbacks who can make quick decisions are all worth their weight in gold. You can never have too many of them.
If the Ags sign Cunningham and Garrett to go along with current commit Jarrett Johnson, then they will reel in one of the top defensive line classes in the country. They need to sign these kinds of athletes to compete in the SEC.
Speedy Noil WR New Orleans Karr
Devante "Speedy" Noil is a 5'11", 170-pound wide receiver from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. He is an explosive playmaker who 247.com has ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation and a 5-star recruit.
Noil has explosive speed and would be an excellent addition to any team in the country. He would play immediately in the SEC and would be an impact player.
At A&M, Noil would likely play in the slot where the Ags would try to find ways to get him the ball in space. He has the type of speed that can change a game in one play.
The battle for Noil's signature will likely come down to LSU or A&M. Whoever lands him will get an instant-impact playmaker. He may be the fastest high school player in pads in the nation.
Jamal Adams S Carrolton (TX) Hebron
Jamal Adams is a 6'0". 200-pound safety who player for Carrolton (TX) Hebron High School. He is a national top-100 recruit who is ranked by 247.com as the No. 6 overall safety in the country.
Adams is a sure tackler who also excels in coverage. If Adams joined current safety commit Dylan Sumner-Garner at A&M, it would give the Aggies the best combination of safeties in the 2013 class.
The Aggies are battling with Florida and Texas for Adams' signature. Most of the pundits believe that Texas has the edge edge right now.
Adams is the kind of player who will step on the field as a true freshman and add value to a team as a backup safety and a member of all the coverage units on special teams. He could be an impact player in the SEC from day one.
Casey Tucker Hamilton OT (AZ) High School
Casey Tucker is a 6'6", 275-pound offensive tackle from Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ. He plays left tackle for Hamilton and projects to play tackle in college.
Tucker has very agile feet for a man his size. He is ranked by 247.com as a 4-star recruit and the No. 11 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.
If the Ags landed Tucker, then it would give them the top offensive line class in the nation. Tucker in addition to Koda Martin, Kealvin Davis and Zach Ledwick would give the Ags three of the most athletic linemen in the nation.
All three of the Ags current recruits could project at tackle. The addition of Tucker would put the Ags in an enviable position for depth on the outside.
Tucker is currently considering Notre Dame, USC and Arizona State. The Aggie coaches will continue to pursue him until signing day.