Texas A&M Recruiting: Highlighting the Recruits Aggies Have Signed Ahead of NSD
The Texas A&M football coaches currently have the No. 4 ranked recruiting class in 2014 according to 247sports.com. The 2014 class features six players who have already signed with A&M and have enrolled in school for the spring semester.
In college football a player can enter school before the spring semester and count toward the previous year's numbers for scholarships. This is important when the NCAA only allows program to bring in 25 players in each individual recruiting class.
That means the Aggies will be able to exceed the limit of 25 players in the 2014 class if the coaches choose to. That is an important luxury for the program considering the current roster deficiencies on the defense.
The six players who signed with the Aggies will get a jump on their classmates when it comes to preparing to play in 2014. They will have a semester in the strength-and-conditioning program and the experience of going through spring practice to prepare them to play in the fall.
This is a look at the six recruits who enrolled at Texas A&M before national signing day.
Kyle Allen is a quarterback from Desert Hills High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is one of the most important recruits that Sumlin has recruited to Texas A&M.
Allen is a 6'2", 185-pound 5-star recruit ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation and No. 5 player overall by 247sports.com. His pledge to A&M allows Sumlin and the other Aggie coaches the ability to point towards a bright future for the Aggie offense after the departure of Johnny Manziel.
His pledge to A&M was just another example of how the Aggies' brand has spread nationwide since they joined the SEC. He is one of the highest-ranked quarterback prospects ever to sign with the Aggies.
Allen passed for 2,535 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior in high school. He has a very strong arm and has proven to be accurate on the move.
With Manziel gone, the starting-quarterback position is up for grabs. Allen will compete with Kenny Hill and Matt Joeckel in the spring for the opportunity to line up under center against South Carolina in August.
Devante "Speedy" Noil is a wide receiver from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. The 5'10". 176-pound athlete played quarterback for Karr, but projects to slot receiver for A&M.
Noil lives up to his nickname with explosive speed, having registered a 4.40 time in the 40 at The Opening. He put that speed on display at the Under Armour All-Star game when he caught three passes for 90 yards including a 64-yard touchdown.
Noil is a 5-star recruit ranked as the No. 1 receiver and No. 6 overall players in the nation by 247sports.com. He is a truly elite recruit who the Aggies beat LSU head-to-head for.
Noil will team up with Aggie rising sophomore receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez to man the slot positions at A&M for years to come. The speed and versatility of those two receivers will be a huge asset to the Aggie offense in 2014.
Jermaine Eluemunor is a junior college offensive-tackle recruit from Scranton, Pennsylvania. The 6'5", 300-pound offensive-tackle prospect is the No. 2 junior college recruit in the nation according to 247sports.com.
The arrival of Eluemanor to College Station gives the Aggie coaches some options when it comes to the offensive line. The Aggies return four starters from the 2013 offensive line.
Senior tackle Cedric Ogbuehi will move over from right tackle to left tackle. That will leave an opening at the starting spot at left tackle.
Eluemanor and redshirt sophomore Germain Ifedi will battle it out for the starting spot at right tackle. Whoever loses the competition will be the starter at right guard for the 2014 season. The fact that this should all be decided during spring practice is a definite luxury for the Aggies.
That means that Aggie offensive-line coach B.J. Anderson can have his starting five in place to take all the reps in the fall as the Aggies prepare for the 2014 season.
Avery Gennesy is a junior college offensive line prospect from Southaven, Mississippi. The 6'5", 307-pound offensive tackle is a 4-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 11 junior college recruit in the nation by 247sports.com.
Gennesy will likely move inside to guard when he arrives in Aggieland. He will provide the Aggies with immediate depth on the offensive line.
In 2013 when starting right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi went down, the Aggies' left guard Jarvis Harrison slid over to left tackle and left tackle Jake Matthews started at right tackle. In 2014, if Ogbuehi goes down at left tackle, then Aggie fans should expect Harrison to again take over at left tackle.
Gennesy allows the coaches some options when considering who would start at left guard. He might be able to fill in at left guard, or he can fill in at right guard or tackle if the coaches decide to move someone over from the right side.
In the Southeastern Conference you need to have depth in the trenches. The addition of Gennesy will allow the Aggies to have improved depth on the offensive line.
Zaycoven Henderson is a defensive tackle from Longview, Texas. The 6'1", 300-pound defender is a 4-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 39 recruit in Texas by 247sports.com.
Henderson was a "welcome to the party" gift from Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin to new Texas coach Charlie Strong. Henderson had previously committed to Texas, but Sumlin flipped him at the last minute and convinced him to sign with the Aggies.
Henderson played defensive tackle and defensive end for Longview. He projects as an interior defender for the Aggies.
Henderson will be able to participate in the Aggies' strength-and-conditioning program and in spring practice. He should be able to work his way into the defensive-tackle rotation in 2014.
Henderson plays under control and was obviously very well coached in high school. He will likely be the third-string defensive tackle or nose guard in 2014. In the SEC you need to be three-deep on the defensive line to have an elite defense. Henderson will give the Aggies that luxury.
Joshua Reynolds is a wide receiver recruit out of Jay High School in San Antonio and Tyler Junior College. He was a track star in high school who went to junior college to concentrate on football.
Reynolds is a 6'2", 185-pound wide receiver who has three seasons of eligibility left. He will compete for a starting spot at outside receiver now that Mike Evans has left for the NFL and Derel Walker has graduated.
Reynolds has tremendous speed and plus hands. He caught 44 passes for 782 yards and 12 touchdowns for Tyler in 2013. He will have the opportunity to follow in Derel Walker's footsteps.
Walker was a junior college receiver who quietly put together an outstanding 2013 season with 51 receptions for 818 yards and five touchdowns.
Reynolds adds depth to a wide-receiver group that is among the most talented in the nation.