Texas A&M Football: New Faces in 2014 You Need to Know
The Texas A&M football team is busy preparing for the upcoming 2014 season. There are a number of new players who are going to contribute to the Aggies' success in 2014 whom Aggies fans need to know about.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have done a very good job of building the talent on the A&M roster. The Aggies have brought in consecutive top-10 recruiting classes, and the effect of that infusion of talent should be apparent on the field this season.
The Aggies will be a young team in 2014 but should be a very talented one. They will have the talent in place to compete for the SEC title, but the question is whether they will be mature enough to be able to put away games.
This is a look at some of the new players who should make an impact in 2014.
WR Ricky Seals-Jones
Ricky Seals-Jones is not a newcomer to the Aggies football team. The redshirt freshman wide receiver played in two games in 2013 before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Most Aggies fans know who Seals-Jones is, but the average college football fan does not. If he has the kind of season that most expect him to have in 2014, then all SEC fans will know who he is.
The 6'6", 240-pound wide receiver will be used all over the field on offense in 2014. He will line up at outside receiver, in the slot, at H-back and at flex tight end.
The Aggies coaches will move Seals-Jones all over in order to create mismatches and exploit weaknesses in opposing defenses. Aggies fans should expect Seals-Jones to be among the team leaders in touchdown receptions in 2014.
DE Myles Garrett
Myles Garrett may have the single biggest impact on the 2014 season out of any of the players on the Aggies roster. He is a 6'4", 250-pound defensive end from Martin High School in Arlington, Texas.
Garrett was a pass-rushing terror as a senior in high school. He earned a 5-star grade from 247sports.com and ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation. He registered 20.5 sacks as a senior in high school.
The Aggies did not generate enough of a pass rush from their defensive line in 2013. Garrett should give their pass rush an immediate boost, which will make their pass defense better.
If Garrett can put consistent pressure on the opposing quarterbacks, then the resulting improvements on defense will result in more wins for the Aggies. If the defense can get off the field an extra three or four times per game in 2014 compared to 2013, they will compete for an SEC title.
WR Speedy Noil
Speedy Noil is a 5'11", 193-pound freshman receiver from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. He is a 5-star prospect according to 247sports.com and the No. 1 wide receiver in the country.
Noil will give the Aggies a game-breaking threat from the slot receiver position. At 5'11", he is tall enough to spend some time on the outside if the Aggies need it.
Noil will help in the return game on kickoffs and possibly punts. The Aggies coaches will look for every way possible to get the ball into the dynamic playmaker's hands.
Do not be surprised to see Noil used in much the same way as Laquvionte Gonzalez was in 2013 when they tried to incorporate him into the running game on sweeps and end-arounds.
Noil has good enough hands where he will be a threat to lead the team in receptions as a true freshman. With his ability to make defenders miss in space, he will be one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the SEC for the next three or four years.
DB Nick Harvey
Nick Harvey is a 5'9", 175-pound do-it-all athlete from Travis High School near Houston, Texas. He was ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247sports.com and the No. 13 recruit in the state of Texas.
Harvey played quarterback, safety, cornerback, wide receiver and running back in high school in addition to returning kickoffs and punts. He will play cornerback or safety for the Aggies in 2014.
Harvey will be given a chance early in camp to win a starting spot at safety. If he proves up to it, the coaches will start him in the opening game of his college career against South Carolina.
The Aggies need major help in the secondary, and Harvey is the kind of athlete that can provide it. He could help the Aggies at corner, in the nickel and at safety in 2014. Aggies fans should not be surprised to see him among the starting four by season's end.