Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Breaking Down Top 2015 Target at Each Position

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistApril 20, 2014

Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Breaking Down Top 2015 Target at Each Position

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    Allen quarterback Kyler Murray throws a pass during the Texas 5A state championship game.
    Allen quarterback Kyler Murray throws a pass during the Texas 5A state championship game.Matt Strasen

    The Texas A&M football coaches have been busy assembling another top-five recruiting class for 2015. The Aggies are trying to land elite players at every position in order to build the depth that is required to win championships. 

    They have the No. 3-ranked recruiting class for 2015, according to 247Sports. If the coaches continue to recruit at a high level and land some of the prospects who are leaning their way, the Aggies will be in contention for the No. 1 class in February. 

    Recruiting in the SEC means you have to sign elite players at every single position in every year. To win championships in the SEC, you need to be three-deep at every position. 

    The Aggies do not have this kind of depth in the program currently, but they are getting closer to that level with every passing year under head coach Kevin Sumlin. This is a look at the top recruit at each position that the Texas A&M coaches are targeting. 


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    Matt Strasen

    Target: Kyler Murray

    Kyler Murray is a 5'11", 170-pound athlete from Allen, Texas. He has led Allen High School to consecutive 5A state championships. He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country. 

    He is a dynamic playmaker who has accounted for 107 touchdowns during the past two seasons. Murray is the high school football version of Johnny Manziel

    He is able to dominate high school football at the highest level with his arms and legs. He is actually a more polished passer than Manziel was at the same age.

    His potential to be a difference-maker in Kevin Sumlin's spread offense makes Murray a must-have in the 2015 recruiting class. The Aggies are competing with Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon for his signature.  

Running Back

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    Matt Strasen

    Target: Rodney Anderson

    Rodney Anderson is a 6'0", 204-pound running back from Katy, Texas. He helped guide Katy to the 2012 state title and the 2013 state finals in football. 

    He rushed for 1,967 yards and scored 34 touchdowns in 2013, averaging just more than 10 yards per carry. He also caught 16 passes for 249 yards with five touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. 

    Anderson has rushed for 4,060 yards and scored 80 total touchdowns during his high school career. He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country. His combination of size and explosive speed will make him a perfect fit at running back in the Aggies' spread offense. He is currently committed to A&M. 

Wide Receiver

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Target: Damarkus Lodge

    Damarkus Lodge is a 6'2", 190-pound wide receiver who plays for Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas. He exploded onto the recruiting scene as a junior in high school in 2013 when he caught 72 passes for 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had three kickoff returns for touchdowns. 

    He combines superior size with good speed and exceptional body control into a package that is unstoppable at the high school level. He is a big receiver in the Michael Crabtree or Dez Bryant mold who overpowers smaller defensive backs. 

    Lodge is ranked as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports and the No. 53 overall recruit in the 2015 class. He is considering Texas A&M, LSU, Texas and Oregon. 

Tight End

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Target: Jordan Davis

    Jordan Davis is a 6'4", 255-pound tight end from Clear Lake High School in Houston. He caught 39 passes for 559 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. 

    He is as physically gifted as any athlete in the state of Texas in the 2015 class. He uses his huge frame and soft hands to be a dominant blocker and effective receiving threat from the tight end position. 

    Davis will remind Aggies fans of Martellus Bennett, who is now starring with the Chicago Bears. He is the top tight end prospect to come out of Texas since Bennett signed with the Aggies in 2005. 

    Davis is a 4-star recruit, according to 247Sports, which does not rank him on its national top-247 list. He will move up the rankings as more of the recruiting pundits are exposed to him during his senior season. 

    He is currently committed to Texas A&M. 

Offensive Line

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Target: Trevor Elbert

    Trevor Elbert is a 6'5", 290-pound offensive tackle recruit from Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. According to 247Sports, he is a 4-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 7 tackle prospect in the country. 

    He plays left tackle for Heath but could play left or right tackle in college. He has good feet and a nice frame but will need to work on the finer nuances of pass blocking in college. He may need to take a redshirt year in order to get up to speed. 

    He is currently committed to Texas A&M. 

Defensive Line

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Target: Daylon Mack

    Daylon Mack is a 6'2", 310-pound defensive tackle from Gladewater (Texas) High School. He is a 5-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country, per 247Sports

    He is a physical freak of nature who has exceptional quickness for an athlete of his size. He can explode off the snap and wreak havoc in the opposition's backfield.

    He is such a great athlete that he played running back in addition to defensive tackle in 2013, scoring a touchdown on a 61-yard run. On defense, he had 36 tackles for loss with six sacks and forced six fumbles. 

    Defensive tackles are hard to find, and Mack is arguably the best in the 2015 class. He is currently committed to Texas A&M and is one of the Aggies' most important recruits in the class. He is the type of athlete who is a lock for the NFL if he stays healthy. 


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    Credit: 247Sports

    Target: Malik Jefferson

    Malik Jefferson is a 6'2", 225-pound outside linebacker from Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas. He is a 5-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in Texas, according to 247Sports.

    He is a dominant defensive player at the high school level who has a rare combination of size and speed at linebacker. He is the top linebacker recruit in Texas and one of the best linebacker recruits in the country. 

    Jefferson is the type of player who can walk into an SEC program and make an impact on the defense from Day 1. The Aggies are desperate for an impact player at the linebacker position, and he could be that player. 

    Texas A&M is competing with Ohio State, Alabama, Baylor and Oklahoma for his signature. 

Defensive Back

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Target: Justin Dunning

    Justin Dunning is a 6'3", 190-pound athlete from Whitehouse (Texas) High School. He missed most of the 2013 season with injury but is still considered one of the top safety recruits in the state.

    According to 247Sports, he is a 4-star prospect and the No. 12 safety recruit in the country. With his long frame, he might eventually grow into a linebacker.

    He has good speed and great ball skills. He projects as a top-flight safety in the SEC or possibly an impact outside linebacker.  

    The Aggies have a huge need for talent at the safety position. Dunning has committed to Texas A&M and should compete for playing time immediately in 2015.