Texas A&M Football: Summer Grades for 2015 Recruiting Class

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistMay 22, 2014

Texas A&M Football: Summer Grades for 2015 Recruiting Class

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    The Texas A&M football coaches have done a tremendous job of assembling the 2015 recruiting class. They are well on their way toward signing a top-10 recruiting class for the third year in a row.

    The Aggies currently have the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation for 2015, according to 247Sports.com. As should be expected, they will be competing with other members of the SEC West for the mantle of No. 1 class. 

    The Aggies need to shore up the safety and linebacker positions while adding the requisite depth on the lines that is required to compete in the SEC. The coaches have addressed some of these early needs and are continuing to add to a class that has a chance to be the best one that A&M has signed in a long time. 

    To be an elite team in the SEC, you have to stack top recruiting classes on top of each other, and that is what the Aggies are doing. 

    This is a look at how the 2015 Texas A&M recruiting class stands up at each position as we enter the summer.


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    Grade: Incomplete

    The Aggies do not have a quarterback committed in the 2015 class yet. They are waiting on Allen High School quarterback Kyler Murray to make his decision. 

    Murray is a 5-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 10 overall recruit in the nation by 247Sports.com. He has led Allen High School to consecutive state titles in the biggest classification in Texas high school football.

    He has passed and rushed for 8,317 yards of total offense during his sophomore and junior years of high school. He has scored 107 total touchdowns in the past two seasons.

    He will remind a lot of fans of recently departed quarterback Johnny Manziel. At this point in time, Murray is a little more polished of a passer than Manziel was as a junior in high school.

    Murray will make his decision on May 28. He is considering Texas A&M and Oregon.  

Running Backs

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    Credit: 247Sports.com

    Grade: B

    The Aggies only have one commitment at running back, but he is a good one in Splendora, Texas, athlete Jay Bradford. The 5'11", 191-pound running back is a 4-star prospect and the No. 19 running back in the country, according to 247Sports.com.

    He rushed for 1,402 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He is an elite athlete who has true breakaway speed. He won the 100 meters at the Texas 3A state meet as a sophomore with a time of 10.49 seconds. As a junior in 2014 he came in second with a time of 10.53.

    He also won the state long jump title in 3A in consecutive years and had a personal record of 24'1.5" in 2014. Bradford is one of the top track athletes in the nation.

    The Aggies will look for one more running back in this class after Katy's Rodney Anderson decommitted in April. Do not be surprised to see Anderson sign with Alabama. 

Wide Receivers

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    Grade: Incomplete

    The Aggies do not have a receiver committed in the 2015 recruiting class. They are in on some of the top receivers in the country but have yet to gain a verbal pledge. 

    They have multiple offers out but seem to be focusing on Damarkus Lodge, Kemah Siverand and Tyron Johnson. More prospects will emerge during the summer camps and the 2015 high school season. 

    Aggies fans should expect at least three wide receivers to sign in the 2015 class. 

Tight End

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    Credit: 247Sports.com

    Grade: A+

    The Aggies have one of the top tight end recruits in the nation committed in Jordan Davis from Clear Lake High School in Houston. The 6'5", 255-pound athlete is a 4-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 8 tight end in the country by 247Sports.com.

    He caught 39 passes for 555 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. He has the size and strength to be a dominating blocker on the edge. He is the prototype of what the Aggies are looking for in a tight end prospect. 

    He will step in as a true freshman in 2015 and have a chance to start. Davis is the type of prospect whom a team has to play as a freshman because he will likely only be on campus for three years before the NFL comes calling. 

    The Aggies will not sign another tight end in the class as long as Davis remains committed. 

Offensive Line

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    Credit: 247Sports.com

    Grade: B

    The Aggies have two commits on the offensive line from two of the top linemen in the state. Connor Lanfear and Trevor Elbert are both 4-star tackles who are committed to the Aggies. 

    Lanfear is ranked as the No. 36 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports.com. Elbert is ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 87 overall recruit in the nation. 

    Both are expected to redshirt their freshman seasons so they can add strength and weight and contribute in 2016. The Aggies are going to try to add at least two more linemen to the 2015 class.

    They are still recruiting Texas commit Toby Weathersby and a couple of other guard prospects. The numbers in the 2015 class will fluctuate depending on how the 2014 class looks during August.  

Defensive Line

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    Credit: 247Sports.com

    Grade: A+

    Even though the Aggies only have one defensive lineman committed in 2015, he was the one they absolutely had to have. Daylon Mack is the only commitment on the defensive line in the 2015 class so far. 

    He is a 5-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com. The 6'2", 310-pound athlete is versatile enough to play running back in addition to defensive tackle. He had a 61-yard touchdown run during his junior season. 

    Mack registered six sacks and 36 tackles for loss during his junior season. He will be a dominant addition to the defensive line and will play immediately in 2015. 

    Ideally, the Aggies would add another defensive tackle and two defensive ends to the class. They appear to be focusing on James Lockhart, Kingsley KeKe and T.D. Moton

    The SEC is won in the trenches. The Aggies need to continue to reel in top-flight defensive linemen in every class in order to keep up with the top teams in the league. 


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    Credit: 247Sports.com

    Grade: Incomplete

    The Aggies do not have any linebackers committed in the 2015 class. The jewel of the class at linebacker is Malik Jefferson from Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas. 

    He is a 5-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 17 overall recruit in the nation by 247Sports.com. He had 83 tackles and 12 sacks in 2013. 

    Jefferson is a 6'2", 225-pound athlete who has been clocked in the 40 as low as 4.5 seconds. He has tremendous pass-rushing skills and would be an impact player as a freshman wherever he signs. 

    The Aggies are also actively pursuing Anthony Wheeler, Landis Durham, Riley Garner and Arthur McGinnis. Jefferson is the key to everything. He is the type of player whom other players will follow to college. 

Defensive Backs

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    Credit: 247Sports.com

    Grade: B-

    The Aggies have a great safety class committed but have yet to gain a verbal pledge from a true cornerback. The Aggies have four safety prospects committed in Justin Dunning, Deshawn Capers-Smith, Larry Pryor and Justin Evans. 

    Evans is a 4-star prospect from Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College. The Aggies will lose two safeties to graduation after the 2014 season, and Evans will be given a chance to walk in and start immediately. 

    Dunning is a 6'3", 190-pound athlete from Whitehouse, Texas. There is a good chance that he will outgrow the safety position before he arrives on campus. He could project at outside linebacker for the Aggies. He is a 4-star recruit and the No. 12 safety in the nation, per 247Sports.com. He missed most of the 2013 season with an injury. 

    Capers-Smith is a 3-star recruit out of Warren Easton High School in New Orleans. He plays cornerback and quarterback in high school but projects as a safety because he does not have elite speed. 

    Pryor is a 4-star recruit and the No. 9 safety prospect in the country, per 247sports.com. He had 118 tackles at safety as a sophomore and then switched to quarterback as a junior, passing for 2,666 yards while rushing for 1,027 yards for Sulphur Springs High School. 

    The Aggies need to bring in some elite corners to improve their grade in the secondary. They are focusing on Holton Hill, Kris Boyd, Kendall Sheffield and Roney Elam at the position.