Top Recruits Visiting Alabama vs. Texas A&M Showdown
Texas A&M and Alabama battle Saturday afternoon in College Station, presenting a rematch of the Aggies' 2012 upset victory that vaulted quarterback Johnny Manziel to the forefront of the Heisman Trophy race.
When the teams kickoff at 3:30 ET, there will be several high-profile recruits in attendance at Kyle Field.
The Aggies and Crimson Tide are competing for more than SEC supremacy these days. Both teams are heavily invested in recruits from across the country and Saturday's clash presents an opportunity for each coaching staff to take strides toward solidifying key commitments.
Here's a look at some of the marquee prospects who will reportedly be assessing the action.
Composite recruit rankings and offer lists courtesy of 247Sports.
2014 5-Star WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La.)
Ranking: No. 23 national prospect, No. 3 wide receiver, No. 4 player in Louisiana
Why he's a top target: Speedy Noil is a sensational offensive weapon who can fill a variety of roles at the next level. He projects as a top-flight wide receiver in any scheme and could occasionally take handoffs.
Noil, a 5'11", 170-pound Edna Karr High School star, lives up to his moniker. He runs a 4.40 forty-yard-dash, per 247 Sports, and is slippery in the open field.
Despite missing the first quarter of last Friday's matchup against St. Paul, he fired two touchdown passes and led the Cougars with 91 rushing yards, according to The Advocate of Baton Rouge. He connected on a 53-yard scoring strike on his first play off the bench.
Key Offers: Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, USC, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas, South Carolina.
2015 4-Star QB Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas)
Ranking: No. 80 national prospect, No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, No. 11 player in Texas
Why he's a top target: Kyler Murray, the son of former Texas A&M star quarterback Kevin Murray, is an explosive offensive weapon behind center. He torches teams with his rushing abilities and possesses excellent passing touch.
Murray led Allen to a state title as a sophomore and continues to make strides as a junior. He opened the 2013 season with a dominant performance, passing for 464 yards and three scores and rushing for 78 yards and two touchdowns, according to USA Today.
Key Offers: Texas A&M, Clemson, Ohio State, Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, North Carolina
2014 4-Star DE Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La.)
Ranking: No. 132 national prospect, No. 9 defensive end, No. 11 player in Louisiana
Why he's a top target: Davon Godchaux is a dominant edge rusher who translates into a strong-side defensive end at the next level. The 6'4", 265-pound Plaquemine Senior High School senior displays excellent speed and features a variety of pass rushing move.
Key Offers: Alabama, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Texas, Miami, Florida State, Ole Miss, LSU, Florida, USC, Tennessee
2015 4-Star TE Jordan Davis (Houston, Texas)
Ranking: No. 165 national prospect, No. 5 tight end, No. 27 player in Texas
Why he's a top target: Jordan Davis is a dynamic receiving target at tight end who displays elite athleticism at a position that continues to evolve in the sport. The 6'4, 250-pound Clear Lake High School junior is a powerful blocker and can be called upon to run a variety of routes with improving precision.
Davis committed to the Aggies in June. He opened the 2013 season with five receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Deer Park, per 247Sports.
This will be his second visit to Texas A&M this season, according to Rivals.com.
Key Offers: Texas A&M (committed), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida State, Arizona State, Florida, Texas, Mississippi State
2014 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)
Ranking: No. 2 national prospect, No. 1 running back, No. 2 player in Louisiana
Why he's a top target: Dominant rusher Leonard Fournette is a formidable force out of the backfield who can beat teams on the ground and in the receiving game. The 6'1", 225-pound St. Augustine standout is physically prepared to punish collegiate defenses as a freshman workhorse.
Fournette manhandled McDonough High School last weekend, racking up 198 yards and two touchdowns on five touches, according to The Advocate of Baton Rouge. The top ranked uncommitted prospect in the country is heading to College Station on Saturday, according to ESPN.com.
Key Offers: Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Michigan, USC, Auburn, Notre Dame, Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech
2014 5-Star S Jamal Adams (Carrollton, Texas)
Ranking: No. 22 national prospect, No. 2 safety, No. 4 player in Texas
Why he's a top target: Jamal Adams is an exceptional multi-dimensional defensive back who displays the tacking abilities and coverage skills to contribute early and often in college. The 6'0", 200-pound Hebron High School is a ferocious hitter and could also emerge as a factor in the kick return game.
Adams is making his official visit to Texas A&M this weekend, according to Rivals.com.
Key Offers: Texas A&M, Florida, Texas, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Oregon, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Stanford
2016 S Deontay Anderson (Manvel, Texas)
Ranking: No rankings have been filed to 247Sports for 2016 prospects
Why he's a top target: Deontay Anderson has emerged among the most elite sophomore defensive backs in the country. He is smooth enough to excel at corner, but his size is already encouraging college coaches to target him as a safety.
Anderson, a 6'2", 180-pound playmaker accounted for 55 tackles as a freshman. He turned heads while touring campuses this summer, when he attended camps at Alabama, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas and Baylor, according to 247Sports.
He'll return to College Station on Saturday, according to Rivals.com.
Key Offers: Anderson is drawing significant interest from several programs, including Alabama, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech.
2014 5-Star DT Gerald Willis (New Orleans, La.)
Ranking: No. 30 national prospect, No. 2 defensive tackle, No. 6 player in Louisiana
Why he's a top target: Gerald Willis is a 6'3", 275 battering ram on the defensive front. He sheds blockers and disrupts the backfield on a regular basis, bringing down ball carriers and quarterbacks in bunches.
He is an ideal fit at the 5-technique but could also excel as an end in a 3-4 scheme. Willis tallied 10 tackles and two sacks in a win over St. Paul's last Friday, per 247Sports.
He is yet another New Orleans standout who will have a spot in the stands Saturday, per ESPN.com.
Key Offers: Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Miami, Florida State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, USC
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