Texas A&M Recruiting: Why the Aggies Must Land WR Frank Iheanacho

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 09:  Head coach Kevin Sumlin of the Texas A&M Aggies waits on the field with his team before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Texas A&M football recruiting class is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation. The Aggies need to add Houston wide receiver Frank Iheanacho to their class to continue their recruiting momentum, and to add another elite skill player to the roster. 

Iheanacho's recruiting odyssey mirrors that of current Aggie wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans was a basketball star at Galveston (TX) Ball High School who was not receiving recruiting interest from major schools in basketball. 

He gave football a try during his senior year, and his play at wide receiver caught the attention of former Aggie head coach Mike Sherman. Texas A&M offered Evans a scholarship for football and he became one of the best collegiate wide receivers in the country, using his 6'5", 225-pound frame to dominate the smaller defensive backs in college. 

Evans is projected to be a first round selection in the NFL draft if he decides to leave A&M early. The Aggies will need to find a replacement for Evans and Iheanacho fits the bill perfectly. 

Iheanacho is a 6'7", 220-pound athlete from Houston Westside High School. Iheanacho was a basketball star who also ran track for Westside. He was not happy with his basketball scholarship offers so he decided to give football a try as a senior in high school. 

Iheanacho had played football as a sophomore, but did not see much playing time on varsity so he decided to concentrate on basketball as a junior. He gave football another try as a senior and went from an unranked prospect to one of the fastest rising recruits in the nation. 

Iheanacho is a 4-star recruit that is currently ranked as the No. 13 recruit in Texas, and the No. 85 recruit in the nation by 247sports.com. He is considering offers from Texas A&M, Oregon, LSU, Ole Miss and a bevy of other schools. 

The senior from Houston displays amazing hands and body control on the football field. As a senior, Iheanacho has caught 44 passes for 652 yards and an impressive 16 touchdowns. 

Iheanacho does not have elite speed, but he is adept at using his body to shield defenders from the ball. He has good speed for an athlete of his size. 

Iheanacho projects as an inside receiver or a tight end at the next level. He will remind Aggie fans of 2013 commits Ricky Seals-Jones and Derrick Griffin. Those two are both faster in pads than Iheanacho is.

With Evans likely moving on to the NFL, Iheanacho is a recruit the Aggies must land. Evans' size created a physical mismatch against every defense the Aggies faced. Iheanacho can fill a similar role for the Aggies' offense. 

More importantly, Iheanacho is being pursued by fellow SEC West teams LSU and Ole Miss. The Aggies need to sign Iheanacho in order to keep from having to go up against him for the next four years on the gridiron. 

Kevin Sumlin and his staff have done an excellent job up to this point in building this recruiting class. They need to land Iheanacho in order to continue their process of building an elite SEC program.