Texas A&M Football: Analyzing Aggies' Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets
The Texas A&M football team has 10 players committed in their 2015 recruiting class. They still have a number of players they are trying to add in order to sign one of the top classes in the SEC.
Every good recruiting class has a "jewel" or bell-cow player that fans can point to as the leader of the class. The Aggies have two players committed in the 2015 class like that, in 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack and 4-star tight end Jordan Davis.
There are multiple athletes in Texas this year who would qualify for that moniker. The Aggies are still in the running for a lot of these recruits. If Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff can sign these recruits, he will have legitimate shot at signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.
This is a look at the top five recruiting targets for the A&M class. They are going to be listed from the least important to the program and class to the most important.
OG Toby Weathersby
Toby Weathersby is a 6'4", 295-pound offensive guard prospect who is currently committed to Texas. He is ranked as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports.com and is the No. 20 offensive tackle in the nation.
Weathersby played right tackle and left tackle for Westfield High School near Houston in 2013. He is a dominant run-blocker who projects as a road-grading guard at the next level. He could also help out teams at right tackle.
Weathersby is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Texas because of his physical nature. He is a guy who could redshirt and then give you a push on the interior of your offensive line for the next four years in the SEC.
Although he is currently committed to Texas, A&M and Oklahoma are still recruiting Weathersby hard. It will be a battle until signing day to secure his signature.
DE James Lockhart
James Lockhart is a 6'3", 245-pound defensive end from Ennis, Texas. He is ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.com and as the No. 8 strong-side defensive end in the country.
Lockhart plays weak-side defensive end for Ennis but he projects as a strong-side player in college. He will need to add some weight but could conceivably contribute as a true freshman if he shows up to campus at about 260 pounds.
Lockhart has nice quickness off the snap and excels at getting off of blocks. He was recently offered by A&M and, if he accepts, will be the first defensive end commitment of the 2015 class.
The Aggies are battling Baylor, Ohio State and Alabama for his services.
WR Damarkus Lodge
Damarkus Lodge is the top receiver recruit in the state of Texas. He is a 4-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com, who is the No. 3-ranked receiving recruit in the nation.
Lodge was offered by the Aggies during the summer before his junior season. He exploded on the recruiting scene as a junior when he had 72 passes for 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns. Lodge helped lead Cedar Hill High School to the Texas Class 5A state championship.
He is a big-play receiver who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Lodge is being recruited by every major program in America. The Aggies are currently fighting with Alabama, LSU, Baylor and Arizona State for his signature.
Lodge is the type of receiver who can step on the field as a freshman and turn in a 50-catch, 800-yard season. He will be a difference-maker from the moment he plays his first snap in college.
OLB Malik Jefferson
Malik Jefferson is arguably the best recruit in the state of Texas. He is a 6'2", 225-pound outside linebacker from Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas.
Jefferson is a 5-star prospect who is the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 2 overall recruit in Texas, according to 247Sports.com. He is an elite pass-rusher from the linebacker position who will make an immediate impact in college in a defense's blitz package.
Jefferson is the type of athlete who one can watch in high school and know he will end up in the NFL in four years if he stays healthy. He is one of the more dominating defensive players in Texas.
Jefferson is the top linebacker on the Aggies' recruiting board. He is a bigtime player at a position of huge need for A&M. The Aggies need to add playmakers like Jefferson if they want to start fielding elite defenses in the SEC.
QB Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray is the most important recruit in the 2015 class for Texas A&M. He is the closest prospect to Johnny Manziel who exists. If the Aggies could replace Manziel two years later with a similar player, that would be huge for the program.
Murray is a 5'11", 170-pound quarterback for the Allen Eagles in Allen, Texas. He has helped lead the Eagles to consecutive Texas Class 5A state titles.
Murray is a 5-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports.com. He has passed and rushed for 8,317 total yards while scoring 107 touchdowns during his two years on varsity.
Murray is an A&M legacy since his father Kevin Murray led the Aggies to consecutive Southwest Conference titles during the Jackie Sherrill era. The Aggies cannot allow a legacy with such immense talent to go out of state and compete for another program. They need to ink Kyler Murray to a letter of intent on national signing day.