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The Texas A&M football coaches are going to reel in one of the top recruiting classes in the nation on February 5. The Aggies have the No. 3 class in the nation, according to 247sports.com.
The A&M program is going to add a large number of 4-star and 5-star recruits who have received a lot of hype and attention from various media outlets. Some of those players will see significant playing time in 2014.
They will also add a good number of recruits who have been staying under the radar. Whether it was because they committed early or they are simply not the most highly thought of prospect at their position, the Aggies are signing some recruits who are underrated.
Some of those recruits will find their way into the field in 2014 and help A&M win football games. This is a look at the underrated recruits in the 2014 Texas A&M recruiting class. This list is not a ranking, but simply a look at a group of players that the fans and recruiting pundits may have forgotten about.
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Josh Walker is a 6'1", 220-pound linebacker recruit from Gilmer, Texas. He is rated as a 4-star recruit by 247sports.com and is ranked as the No. 20 outside linebacker recruit in the nation.
Walker committed to the Aggies in October of 2012 and then fell off the radar of most recruiting analysts. The recruits who wait until signing day to commit to a school generate discussion and views on recruiting websites, radio and television shows.
Those recruits tend to be viewed as more important to their respective class because they are fought over and discussed ad naseam. The recruits like Walker, who commit early in the process and never waiver from their decision, can fall through the cracks.
Walker played linebacker and running back for Gilmer High School. He has tremendous speed and with his size could work his way into the two-deep in 2014.
The Aggies have a tremendous need for linebackers in the 2014 class and will help provide depth at the position the moment he steps on campus.
Jarrett Johnson is a 6'3", 226-pound defensive end recruit from Katy, Texas. The Aggies' biggest need in the 2014 recruiting class is at defensive end, because their pass rush in 2013 was nonexistent.
Johnson has the recruiting double-whammy of committing early in the process and not being as hyped as the other recruits at his position. Johnson committed to the Aggies in June of 2013.
The Aggies are bringing in a tremendous group of defensive ends, including Myles Garrett and Qualen Cunningham. Garrett is a 5-star recruit whom some people believe is the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation.
Cunningham is a 4-star recruit from out of state whose father played for A&M. Garrett and Cunningham were both bigger names in recruiting circles, and they both committed at a later date than Johnson.
Johnson is a 4-star recruit who will likely grow into a strong-side defensive end for the Aggies. He is tough against the run but flashes ability to get to the passer.
Do not be surprised if he works his way into the rotation with Gavin Stansbury and Alonzo Williams at strong-side defensive end in 2014.
Joshua Reynolds is a 6'2", 185-pound wide receiver who came to A&M from Tyler Junior College. He was an early enrollee and is participating in workouts with the team.
Reynolds is rated as a 3-star recruit and the No. 5 junior college receiver in the nation by 247sports.com. During his only season at Tyler, Reynolds caught 44 passes for 782 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Reynolds has been overshadowed in the 2014 class by recruits like Speedy Noil and Frank Iheanacho. Noil and Iheanacho are highly ranked recruits out of high school who played in two of the national high school All-Star games.
They have received plenty of attention in the media. Reynolds has already shown his ability to be a difference-maker at a level above high school ball, and he will have the opportunity during spring practice to learn the Aggies' system.
Do not be surprised to see Reynolds develop into an impact player for the Aggies in 2014.
Armani Watts is a 5'11", 180-pound safety from Forney, Texas. He is rated as a 4-star recruit by 247sports.com and the No. 12 safety prospect in the nation.
The Aggies have a tremendous need at safety. Despite the fact that both starting safeties return from the 2013 team, their play was so poor that neither of them are likely to start in 2014.
The A&M defensive coaches want to improve the play at safety, and in order to do it they are trying to bring in more talent at the position. Watts fits directly into their plans.
He was a two-way player in high school, who scored six touchdowns on offense and three on defense in 2013. Watts had four receiving touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and three interception returns for touchdowns during the 2013 season.
His explosive speed and ability to make people miss in space makes Watts very dangerous with the ball in his hands. He could return kicks on special teams if the Aggies needed him to.
The A&M coaches have been pursuing recruits at the safety position like Steven Parker and Mattrell McGraw. Some Aggies fans have forgotten that they already have an excellent safety prospect committed in Watts.
Kealvin Davis is a 6'5", 250-pound offensive lineman from Garland, Texas. He is rated as a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com and the No. 53 offensive tackle recruit in the nation.
Davis is not ranked higher because at his light weight, he is not easily identifiable as a future NFL prospect by the recruiting pundits. He is a raw prospect who is not a dominant high school player yet.
Davis is a tremendous athlete and is very light on his feet. He will redshirt in 2014 in order to get stronger and add weight. Davis will compete for a starting job on the offensive line in 2015.
He has the frame to add a lot of good weight and the feet to play on Sundays. Cedric Ogbuehi was further along when he was a senior in high school, but Davis has that same kind of potential.