Texas vs. Texas A&M: Whose 2014 Recruiting Class Is Better Right Now?
Although they are no longer in the same conference, Texas and Texas A&M are still bitter rivals. The two Lone Star State programs are powerhouses on the recruiting trail, as each team has a Top 10 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.
Texas has been the "big brother" in the rivalry, but Texas A&M has emerged as one of the hottest programs in the country. With the rivals both boasting excellent recruiting classes, deciding who has the superior class is tough.
But it can be done.
Information about each program's recruiting class is based on 247Sports' recruiting rankings.
2014 Texas Recruiting Class Capsule
The Longhorns have 22 commitments, with six being 4-star recruits. A large portion of their class is from Texas, as 18 commitments hail from inside the state.
Florida, Louisiana and North Carolina are also represented, but this is a typical Texan-led Longhorn recruiting class. Adding pass-catchers has been the main objective of the class, as Texas has six commitments from receivers, plus a pledge from tight end John Thomas.
Defensively, Texas' main purpose has been to re-stock its defensive line, as the Longhorns have five commitments from players who can play in the defensive trenches.
Surprisingly, Texas only has one offensive line commitment.
2014 Texas A&M Recruiting Class Capsule
The Aggies have another outstanding class in the works, as they have a talented group of 14 commitments. Texas A&M has one 5-star and eight 4-star commitments.
Like their rivals in Austin, the Aggies have built their class mainly with Texans, as only one commitment is from outside the Lone Star State.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin has put a solid emphasis on defense, as eight of his commitments are on that side of the ball, including four defensive backs.
Although Sumlin runs a high-scoring offense based on speed at the skill positions, he only has three commitments from offensive-skill players. However, all three offensive line commitments stand close to 6'5" or taller.
Texas A&M's recruiting class is ranked No. 8 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.
Top 2014 Texas Commitments
Defensive end Derick Roberson is a player to watch, as the 6'3".5", 218-pounder can be a terror on the edges.
Outside linebacker Otaro Alaka, who is 6'3" and 205 pounds, is one of the better pass-defending linebackers in the country. Armanti Foreman is a speedy receiver who should fit in the slot at 5'11" and 176 pounds. Lorenzo Joe, who is 6'2.5", will give Texas better size on the offensive perimeter.
Running back Donald Catalon has an excellent blend of speed and power, as the 5'11", 190-pounder is one of the top backs in Texas.
Top 2014 Texas A&M Commitments
Outside linebacker Josh Walker, who is 6'1" and 220 pounds, has outstanding quickness and can get after the quarterback consistently off the edge. He has the ability to stand up and rush, and can also put his hand down and play defensive end in sub-packages.
Defensive back Nick Harvey is an instinctive player who has great athleticism. Harvey, who is 5'9" and 175 pounds, can play cornerback or safety, and has the potential to be a team captain. Safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner is a 6'1", 193-pound defensive back who has good range and hard-hitting ability.
Running back Varshaun Nixon, who is 5'9" and 185 pounds, is not the biggest or most powerful runner in the country, but he has great speed and quickness.
2014 Texas Recruiting Class Headliner
The top player for the Longhorns' recruiting class is quarterback Jerrod Heard. The field general has the skills to beat defenses with his arm and as a runner.
Heard, who is 6'2.5" and 190 pounds, has solid arm strength to push the football to all levels of the defense. He sees the field well, will scan through his progressions and has solid accuracy.
If the pocket gets too crowded or if he notices the defense has left him without a spy, Heard can use his legs to gain large chunks of yardage. He will become a solid starter for Texas in a few seasons.
2014 Texas A&M Recruiting Class Headliner
The Aggies have two players who should be considered co-headliners of their class. Quarterback Kyle Allen, who is from Arizona, is one of the best passers in the country.
Allen, who is 6'2.5" and 185 pounds, doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but he displays great anticipation skills, accuracy, field vision and instincts. Allen can throw his receivers open with great ball-placement ability, has no issues throwing into windows before they open up and makes great decisions.
He could be the starting quarterback in College Station as early as 2014.
Outside linebacker Hoza Scott is also one of the elite players in the nation. Scott, who is 6'2" and 220 pounds, is an outstanding athlete for his position who plays with great range.
He exhibits great speed, movement skills and instincts on the defensive flanks. Scott has the ability to sift through traffic laterally to beat running backs to the edges. He also can rush the passer on third downs, and even flashes the potential to develop into a great coverage 'backer.
Who Has the Better Class?
Although Texas has more quantity, Texas A&M has better quality. The Aggies have nine commitments who are 4-star-or-higher prospects, while Texas only has six 4-star recruits.
The Aggies' co-headliners in quarterback Kyle Allen and linebacker Hoza Scott are better players than quarterback Jerrod Heard, who is the Longhorns' top commitment.
Texas A&M is the winner of this recruiting class battle.