Texas A&M vs. LSU: Whose 2014 Recruiting Class Is Better Right Now?
Baton Rouge will be rocking this Saturday, as Texas A&M will be coming to town to play LSU.
The Aggies will bring 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel with them, but the Tigers' young defense will be looking at this game as an opportunity to make a name for themselves.
Both programs also happen to be in the middle of constructing terrific recruiting classes. With this weekend's game being such a pivotal contest, now would be a good time to see how the pair of juggernauts stack up on the recruiting trail.
Texas A&M's 2014 Recruiting Capsule
Head coach Kevin Sumlin has quickly become one of the best in the business at recruiting. His charisma helps him broker close relationships with recruits, plus Texas A&M has great resources.
The Aggies have 17 commitments, with 14 being from the Lone Star State. However, Sumlin has not limited his recruiting efforts to just Texas, as states such as Arizona and Pennsylvania are also represented.
The class has nine commitments on defense, seven on offense and one athlete. The defensive line leads the way with five prospects, while the offensive line has four pledges.
LSU's 2014 Recruiting Capsule
Les Miles is a great recruiter due to his ability to communicate with anyone he comes in contact with. LSU's head coach has a loose personality, but he knows when it's time to compete.
The Tigers have a talented 15-man class that has a foundation of nine in-state commitments. Miles has made more of an effort to dig deeper in Texas this year, as three commitments hail from the Lone Star State. Oklahoma, Florida and Mississippi also each have one player from their state that's headed to Baton Rouge.
The class has seven offensive recruits, five on defense, two athletes and one kicker. LSU's recruiting group has impressive balance, as each unit has a commitment.
Texas A&M's Top 2014 Commitments
Myles Garrett can easily be considered the Aggies' headliner. The 5-star defensive end is 6'4" and 240 pounds, plus he has a chiseled frame that possesses excellent athleticism.
He should have some epic battles in practice with 4-star JUCO offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor. Hoza Scott, a 4-star linebacker, is another player who could be considered the best player in the class.
SEC quarterbacks will meet 4-star defensive end Qualen Cunningham multiple times on the field, plus 4-star running back Varshaun Nixon is an ideal fit for the Aggies' spread offense due to his receiving skills.
LSU's Top 2014 Commitments
A player who should help this class make its mark on the LSU football program is 4-star receiver Trey Quinn. At 6'1" and 200 pounds, he's a smart and productive player who should become beloved on the bayou.
Davon Godchaux is a 4-star defensive end who has so much strength and power that he's likely to be moved to defensive tackle. Jacory Washington, a 4-star tight end, will be used quite a bit like a receiver.
The biggest sleeper in the group may be 4-star receiver Tony Upchurch. From Texas, Upchurch is blessed with a strong 6'2", 228-pound frame. Don't be shocked if he gets a look as a running back.
Garrett Brumfield is the top offensive lineman in the class, but Will Clapp is a fellow 4-star blocker who is not far behind. The Tigers will love developing 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris, as he has great physical tools.
Devin Voorhies is a 4-star prospect who can play several positions, while 4-star defensive end Deondre Clark is an intriguing recruit. Also, keep an eye on running back Sione Palelei and safety John Battle, as both are 3-star prospects with upside.
Texas A&M's 2014 Headliner
The clear centerpiece of the Aggies' class is 5-star quarterback Kyle Allen. From Arizona, the talented passer is one of the top players in the nation, regardless of position.
Allen, who is nearly 6'3" and 185 pounds, has great intelligence and anticipation. While he has above-average arm strength, his top attribute is his ability to throw his targets open. Allen displays solid mechanics in the pocket while working through his progressions.
The Scottsdale native has a natural feel for the game, as he plays with great rhythm. Allen is an accurate passer to all levels of the field, plus he has deceptive mobility to make a play or two with his legs.
With Johnny Manziel likely headed to the NFL next season, Allen has a chance to start immediately for Texas A&M.
LSU's 2014 Headliner
With his ability to play several different positions in the secondary, 4-star defensive back Edward Paris is LSU's top commitment.
At 6'1" and 190 pounds, the Texas native can work on the perimeter as a big and physical cornerback. Paris also possesses great short-area quickness, which is why he recovers so easily.
He also has the instincts and range to shoot off the hashes as a safety. Paris is solid when the ball is in the air, plus he displays good vision on the field. He'll support the run when he can, as he realizes he has the size and bulk to make his presence felt in the box.
Paris can play both safety spots while also working at either field-side cornerback or boundary cornerback.
With more commitments, along with the ability to boast two 5-star prospects, Texas A&M's class is better than LSU's.
The Tigers belong among the top schools in the recruiting rankings, but the Aggies have an elite class. LSU is awaiting the verdict on several remaining targets, but Texas A&M is today's winner.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Both Texas A&M and LSU have many commitments who can be found on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!