The dust has settled following national signing day, and Texas A&M should be pleased with the results. The Aggies were able to parlay their recent success under head coach Kevin Sumlin into an elite recruiting class that should ensure the program's progress continues.
Texas A&M finished with the fifth-ranked 2014 class based on 247Sports' composite rankings. The group is very strong at the top, with a trio of 5-star recruits and nearly a dozen 4-star recruits. Of course, some of that success could be attributed to the Johnny Manziel effect.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the top prospects who will end up defining the 2014 class for better or worse. All recruiting rankings and information is courtesy of 247Sports.
Myles Garrett (DE)
Quite simply, Garrett possesses a perfect skill set. He's 6'4", 240 pounds of fury coming off the edge. His raw athleticism is off the charts for a player of his size, and he's shown the ability to beat opposing offensive linemen with both power and speed.
In an era where attacking the quarterback is vital at both the collegiate and professional levels, to say his future is bright is probably an understatement. Taylor Hamm of 247Sports passed along comments from defensive line coach Terry Price, who can't wait to work with the 5-star prospect:
"He's one of the country's best and we're extremely excited to have him," "I can't wait to get him on campus," -Terry Price on Myles Garrett— Taylor Hamm (@TaylorHamm247) February 5, 2014
Garrett still has some work to do in terms of adding more variety at the snap to get offensive tackles off balance. That's the type of things that come with coaching and experience. He's got more than enough natural talent to make an instant impact for the Aggies.
Kyle Allen (QB)
The first thing that jumps out when watching Allen is how fast he delivers the ball. He sports a smooth, repeatable throwing motion with a quick release, which allows him to beat pressure. Most importantly, the passes are almost always on target.
Now that he's signed with Texas A&M, the biggest question is how quickly the 5-star recruit can get on the field. Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News noted his decision to enroll early is sending a message that he's ready to compete, which was noticed by Sumlin:
Sumlin on QB Kyle Allen enrolling early: He's making a statement he wants to compete for the starting job.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) February 5, 2014
Allen doesn't have the same style of play as Manziel, meaning the offense would probably have a slightly different look with him under center. That said, he's shown good scrambling ability and can throw on the run. Thanks to that, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him start right away.
Speedy Noil (WR)
Noil was a major signing for the Aggies. Not only did they add an explosive playmaker to their offense, but they also kept him away from SEC rival LSU, which was also trying to land the 5-star wideout. Winning those recruiting battles is essential to long-term success.
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The Louisiana native has flashed an impressive combination of speed and open-field moves. He's the type of player who can take a quick screen pass and take it the distance, a play Texas A&M could start using quite frequently with Allen's quick release.
He played quarterback in high school, so his development in terms of the finer points of the position, like route-running and blocking, is still in the works. But above all else, he's one of the top playmakers in the 2014 class, and it won't be long before he finds a way to make an impact.