With Kevin Sumlin at the helm, the future is bright for the Texas A&M Aggies.
When the former Purdue linebacker was hired in College Station in December of 2011, he didn't have much time to work on the Aggies' recruiting class, which finished ranked 16th in the nation and No. 6 in the SEC.
In 2014, that upward trend has continued.
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, the Aggies enter national signing day with a class that is ranked fourth nationally and third in the SEC, not far behind powerhouses Alabama and LSU.
And with a few elite uncommitted targets remaining, Sumlin has an opportunity to further establish this program as a national force on Wednesday.
Let's take a look at the Aggies' national signing day activity.
Note: All rankings and player information courtesy of 247Sports.
|Player||Position||Position Rank||Stars||National Rank|
|Jermaine Eluemunor||OT||3 (JuCo)||4||7 (JuCo)|
|Avery Gennesy||OT||5 (JuCo)||4||9 (JuCo)|
|Joshua Reynolds||WR||5 (JuCo)||3||37 (JuCo)|
Braden Smith, OG
Smith decided to snub the Aggies, signing with Auburn on signing day (via ESPN College Football):
Kenny Young, LB
Young passed up a chance to join the Aggies, signing with UCLA (via ESPN College Football):
Mattrell McGraw, S
McGraw decided to head to the Pacific Northwest, signing with Oregon on signing day (via Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports):
Myles Garrett, DE
Physically, Myles Garrett is an unbelievable specimen with the tools to be one of Texas A&M's best recruits ever. Let CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler give you an idea of Garrett's physical makeup:
The stories out of A&M on DE Myles Garrett are pretty impressive. Pushing 260 and 'looks like Blake Griffin' dunking, I'm told.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) February 4, 2014
That is, well, scary—at least for opposing SEC teams.
Rated as the No. 2 recruit in America, Garrett has a combination of size, strength, athleticism and pursuit that gives him the look of a future stud as a pass-rusher, but he's also solid at shedding blocks and making plays in the run game as well.
Garrett's high school head coach, Bob Wager, is certainly confident in the defensive end's abilities, via ESPN.com's William Wilkerson:
Right now, he is unblockable. We've had some great players here that have wrecked havoc and done some great things here, but Myles Garrett is so quick off the ball. He is so explosive, and he is elevating everyone's play around him.
Like all true freshmen, there will be a learning curve for Garrett, who still has room for improvement. But with his upside, he has the potential to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the country very soon.
Speedy Noil, WR
If you're looking for this year's Percy Harvin or Tavon Austin, look no further than Speedy Noil.
The appropriately nicknamed wide receiver is ranked No. 1 in his position. Possessing blazing, jet-like top speed and impressive elusiveness, he is a threat to take the ball to the house every time he sees just a little bit of space.
Who will make the biggest impact as a true freshman for the Aggies?
Sumlin's job is now really easy: Get Noil as many touches as possible.
Whether that means traditional downfield routes, screens, direct handoffs, snaps in the Wildcat or opportunities in the return game, the more times the electrifying playmaker touches the ball, the better.
Noil may not have ideal strength at this point in his career, but in Texas A&M's wide-open offense, he has the tools to make an instant impact as a true freshman.
Kyle Allen, QB
Coming in as the Aggies' third 5-star recruit, Kyle Allen is ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the class. Rivals' Mike Farrell was left with very few words when trying to describe the Arizona native's talent:
Kyle Allen is freaking good -- #TAMU -- that is all— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 4, 2014
If you were going to nitpick, I suppose you could talk about his physical tools. At 6'2.5" and 185 pounds, he's not exactly imposing in stature, and neither his athleticism nor his speed will blow you away. But that's pretty much where the criticism ends.
The 2013 Elite 11 selection has terrific awareness and can carve up defenses up with his accuracy and timing if he is given room in the pocket.
"Everything he does is better than good. He's 'Mr. Consistency,'" said former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, via ESPN's Tom VarHaaren.
After enrolling in time to participate in spring practice, Allen will get a jump-start on the quarterback battle with Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill. Grabbing a starting spot as a true freshman is undoubtedly a tall task, but Allen's future in College Station is blindingly bright.