Texas A&M Recruiting: Predicting All the Commits That Will Sign on NSD

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

Texas A&M Recruiting: Predicting All the Commits That Will Sign on NSD

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    On February 5 the Texas A&M football coaches will sign the 2014 recruiting class. The Aggies have 20 players committed in the 2014 class and are expecting to sign around 24 players on national signing day.

    The Texas A&M recruiting class is currently ranked in the top five in the country. If Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff are able to sign all of the commits, then it will be the best class the Aggies have signed in at least a decade.

    This class will address some of the Aggies' major issues on defense while adding playmakers on offense. It is the type of class that can help the Aggies win a SEC and national title down the road.

    Some of the Aggies' commits are still taking visits to other schools. Sumlin and his staff will try to hold onto all of their committed prospects while adding a few to the list by signing day.

    This is a look at what commits will sign with the Aggies on national signing day.  


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    The Aggies hope they have found their quarterback of the future in 5-star recruit Kyle Allen from Scottsdale, Ariz. He is ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in the country by 247sports.com. 

    Allen is already enrolled and taking classes at A&M. He will compete with Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill for the starting quarterback position in the 2014 team. 

    Allen was Kevin Sumlin's No. 1 target at the quarterback position and he was able to sign him. The Aggies did not sign any other quarterbacks in this class. 

Running Back

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    Lake Travis RB Varshaun Nixon carries the ball in the 2011 4A state title game
    Lake Travis RB Varshaun Nixon carries the ball in the 2011 4A state title gameTony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    The Aggies are only bringing in one running back recruit in the 2014 class in Varshaun Nixon. The 4-star recruit from Lake Travis High School near Austin, Texas, has been a star since his sophomore season. 

    He helped lead Lake Travis to the 2011 Texas 4A state title. Nixon is an complete running back ranked by 247sports.com as the No. 5 all-purpose back in the nation. He rushed for over 3,700 yards and scored 52 touchdowns in high school.

    Nixon should fit in well to the Aggies offense. He had 91 career receptions in high school and should be a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield for A&M.

    Nixon had scheduled some recruiting visits with other schools but eventually cancelled them. He will sign with the Aggies on February 5.  

Wide Receiver and Tight End

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    The Aggies will ink one of the best wide receiver classes in the nation on signing day. The Aggies did not recruit a tight end in the 2014 class. 

    Joshua Reynolds is a 6'2", 185-pound wide receiver from Tyler Junior College who has three years of eligibility left. He is already enrolled at A&M and will participate in spring practice. 

    Speedy Noil is a 5'11", 185-pound athlete out of New Orleans. He is a 5-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 1 receiver in the nation by 247sports.com. Like Reynolds, Noil is already enrolled at A&M and participating in team workouts. 

    The Aggies will sign two high school receivers on February 5. Frank Iheanacho is basically a Mike Evans starter kit. Like Evans, he was a high school basketball star who gave football a try in order to receive better scholarship offers for college. 

    Iheanacho is a 6'7", 220-pound athlete who is ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247sports.com. He will join Lufkin, Texas, receiver Jamal Jeffery as the only other receiver to sign with the Aggies on signing day. 

    Jeffery was the first receiver in the 2014 class to commit to A&M, making his verbal pledge in January of 2013. The 3-star prospect will play slot receiver in Aggieland. 

Offensive Line

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    The Aggies have four offensive linemen in the 2014 class and are hoping to bring in five. Two of the linemen are junior college players who are already enrolled, while three are high school students who will sign with A&M on February 5.

    Junior college recruits Jermaine Eluemunor and Avery Gennesy are already enrolled at A&M and working out with the team. They both will compete for the starting right tackle spot vacated by Cedric Ogbueho when he moved over to left tackle.

    The three high school linemen who will sign with the Aggies are Zach Ledwik, Koda Martin and Kealvin Davis. Martin and Davis project as offensive tackles for the Aggies. Ledwik projects at guard. 

    All five linemen are athletic enough to play any position on the offensive line. Ledwik, Martin and Davis will redshirt in 2014. The A&M coaches are trying to add one more lineman to the 2014 class on signing day. 

Defensive Line

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    One of the Aggies' biggest issues during the 2013 season was a lack of a pass rush from their defensive line. Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder will be ecstatic with the class that Aggies are going to sign in 2014. 

    The Aggies are bringing in five defensive linemen in the 2014 class. One of the defensive linemen has already enrolled at A&M and the other four will sign on February 5. 

    Zaycoven Henderson is a 6'1", 300-pound defensive tackle from Longview, Texas. The former Texas commit was flipped by Kevin Sumlin and is already enrolled and participating in team workouts at A&M. 

    DeShawn Washington is a 4-star defensive tackle who committed to A&M during one of the junior days in January of 2013. 

    The Aggies needed a major influx of talent at defensive end and Sumlin and his staff delivered. Myles Garrett is a 5-star recruit who is the No. 1 defensive end and No. 1 overall recruit in the nation, according to 247sports.com. 

    Qualen Cunningham is a 4-star recruit from Chandler, Ariz., who will contribute to the Aggies pass rush in 2014. Jarrett Johnson is another 4-star defensive end recruit who may help the Aggies from Day 1.

    The Aggies will sign four defensive linemen on February 5, and it will constitute one of the top defensive line classes in the nation.  


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    The Aggies will sign two linebackers on February 5. Josh Walker is a 6'1", 220-pound outside linebacker recruit who committed to the Aggies back in October of 2012. 

    He played running back and linebacker for Gilmer High School for the past three years. Walker is a 4-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 29 overall player in Texas by 247sports.com. 

    The A&M coaches received some good news on January 26 when outside linebacker recruit Otaro Alaka decommitted from Texas and gave a verbal pledge to the Aggies. Alaka is a 6'3", 205-pound linebacker who projects to play on the outside for the Aggies. 

    He is ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247sports.com and the No. 11 outside linebacker in the nation. If he adds some weight, Olaka could see the field in 2014 and offer the Aggies a pass rush from the linebacker position.  

Defensive Back

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    The Aggies have two defensive backs committed in the 2014 class. They will both sign with A&M on national signing day, but do not be surprised to see the Aggies add two more safeties to the 2014 class.

    The Aggies have a tremendous need at safety and Armani Watts is going to try to fill that need in 2014. The 5'10", 175-pound athlete from Forney, Texas, is ranked as a 4-star recruit by 247sports.com.  

    Watts rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior in high school but will play safety for the Aggies. He will compete for playing time in 2014, as the Aggies have to improve the quality of play at the safety position.

    Nick Harvey is a 4-star cornerback recruit from Richmond, Texas, who is one of the most important recruits in the 2014 class. Harvey is a tremendous all-around football player who averaged over 10 yards per carry on offense as a junior in high school.

    He has tremendous speed and is a natural cover corner. Harvey will play for the Aggies at cornerback in 2014. He may end up as a starter before the year is out.

     Do not be surprised if the Aggies ink safeties Mattrell McGraw and Donovan Wilson, both of whom are considering the school, according to 247sports.com, on signing day. The Aggies need depth at safety and the addition of those two athletes would give it to them.