2015 College Football Recruits with Strong Interest in Both Texas and Texas A&M
Texas and Texas A&M are two of the best recruiting programs in college football. Although they no longer play one another regularly, the rivalry is still alive on the recruiting trail.
With Kevin Sumlin being in charge in College Station, Texas A&M has signed some fantastic classes. New Texas head coach Charlie Strong will quickly learn how tough it is to recruit against Sumlin, but Strong seems up for the challenge.
The 2015 recruiting cycle will be another spirited recruiting race between the two Lone Star State powerhouses, and several prospects have strong interest in both schools, including a 5-star cornerback and 5-star linebacker.
Derrick Dillon, ATH
A 4-star athlete, Derrick Dillon spends most of his time at quarterback for Pine High School in Louisiana. However, the 5'10.5", 165-pounder will likely be moved to receiver in college.
Dillon is an explosive athlete who has the speed to threaten defenses every time he touches the ball. He also could develop into an outstanding cornerback.
Texas and Texas A&M interest him, as does LSU, Florida and Florida State, says 247Sports.
Holton Hill, CB
At 6'2" and 180 pounds, Holton Hill is a big cornerback with impressive awareness. He plays with solid discipline in zone coverage, and he doesn't have any problems with being asked to support the run.
Hill, who is from Texas, has good speed on the perimeter. However, a move to safety may be in store for him in the not-too-distant future.
The 4-star recruit's top schools are Texas and Texas A&M, per 247Sports.
Anthony Wheeler, DE/OLB
Anthony Wheeler is an undersized defensive end who fits best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The Dallas native holds his own on the edge at 6'2" and 225 pounds.
Wheeler can get under the pads of his opponents to walk them back with strength, plus he has great speed in pursuit. Texas is his top school, says 247Sports, with Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma also being in the mix for the 4-star prospect.
Toby Weathersby, OT
At 6'4.5" and 295 pounds, Toby Weathersby is a talented offensive tackle who can play across the offensive front.
The Houston native has solid strength and athleticism, plus he has good quickness to engage defensive linemen in a hurry. Don't sleep on Weathersby becoming a terrific guard in college, as the 4-star blocker flashes power and toughness in the trenches.
Although 247Sports lists Oklahoma as his top school, Texas A&M and Texas are thick in the mix.
J.W. Ketchum III, ATH
It will be interesting to see where J.W. Ketchum III plays in college. He is a left-handed, dual-threat quarterback for Marshall High School in Texas, but might be best suited to play running back in college.
At 5'11.5" and 201 pounds, Ketchum is an explosive athlete who is a deceptive ball-handler. He's raw as a passer, but the 4-star recruit has a great skill set as a runner. Ketchum has the agility to dance around defenders, plus he has good speed and vision.
Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor are his top suitors, according to 247Sports.
Kris Boyd, CB
While he can surely develop into a starting running back in college, 4-star prospect Kris Boyd has a brighter future as a cornerback.
The Texan is 6'1" and 175 pounds, and he uses his long frame to his advantage. Boyd is a smooth athlete who has deceptive speed to stay attached to receivers while running with them downfield. He comes out of transition clean and quick, plus he has sneaky strength.
Texas A&M and Texas are out in front, says 247Sports.
Kemah Siverand, WR
Kemah Siverand is a classic quicker-than-fast athlete who has deceptive strength at the receiver position.
The 6'0", 183-pounder has excellent hands and ball skills, plus he can outmuscle and shield cornerbacks away from the ball. Siverand is not going to run by many people, but he can carry defenders for a few extra yards after contact.
Texas and Texas A&M are his leaders, according to 247Sports.
Malik Jefferson, OLB
A 5-star outside linebacker, Malik Jefferson is a fantastic defender who is a difference-maker. He has exceptional range and speed, plus he is one of the most athletic defensive recruits in the country.
Jefferson, who is 6'3" and 215 pounds, has the ability to quickly locate the ball and attack the line of scrimmage. He can scrape laterally with quickness, plus he has no problems chasing and reaching ball-carriers across the box.
Jefferson's speed and athleticism also give him a chance to develop into a great player in coverage. Texas A&M and Alabama have the best shot right now, but 247Sports has Texas as another school in the hunt.
Scott Kennedy of Scout.com wrote on Feb. 11 about Jefferson:
Watching him play the game, he just might be the prototype outside linebacker period.
Kendall Sheffield, CB
Kendall Sheffield may not be the most physical cornerback in the country, but he has supreme athleticism and cover skills.
The 5'11", 180-pounder has the agility to mirror receivers at the line. Sheffield is also fluid in space, which is why he is comfortable in off-man alignments. He can turn and run with ease, plus his short-area surge to close limits a receiver's ability to get yards after the catch.
Sheffield's instincts and vision assist him when asked to play zone coverage. Texas A&M and Texas are the top schools to watch, per 247Sports.