Predicting Where Texas A&M Will End Up in the 2015 Recruiting Rankings

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2014

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin talks with a referee in the first half of the Chick-fil-A Bowl NCAA college football game against Duke Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The Texas A&M football team currently has the No. 2-ranked 2015 recruiting class in the nation, according to After national signing day in February, the Aggies will remain in this position right behind Alabama. 

Recruiting rankings are subjective and vary from site to site. The simple fact of the matter is that coaches attempt to bring in the best players available who fit their system and their needs as a program. 

Whether the class was a success cannot be determined until at least three years after signing day. Recruiting is not an exact science. There are coaches who are paid large sums of money to sign recruits and they miss on player evaluations every year.

With that said, there are "can't-miss" players who are such physical outliers that they are destined to play in the NFL if healthy. If you can land a couple of those players in each class, you can almost guarantee that you will have success on the field.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have gained commitments from a few players in that category and are still in the running for some more. The Aggies have verbal pledges from 5-star prospects Kyler MurrayDaylon Mack and Damarkus Lodge

They also have a commit from 4-star tight end Jordan Davis, who is one of the most physically gifted tight ends to come out of Texas in many years. The Aggies are right in the middle of the races for 5-star talents Malik Jefferson and Kendall Sheffield.  

If the Aggies can gain signatures from those three players while hanging on to their current commitments, they will ensure themselves of signing a top-five class in February. The Aggie coaches have already done an excellent job of adding to the Aggies' talent in the trenches.

The Aggies recently received a verbal pledge from 3-star offensive tackle Keaton Sutherland. The 6'5", 280-pound athlete from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, chose the Aggies over Arkansas, Texas and Ole Miss, among others.

Sutherland is the lowest ranked of the Aggies' three commitments on the offensive line. Connor Lanfear and Trevor Elbert are both 4-star recruits, according to  

On the defensive line, the Aggies have gained pledges from Mack and 3-star defensive tackle Kingsley Keke. Mack is a tremendous athlete and one of the best defensive tackles in the nation. He actually played some running back in 2013 and scored on a 61-yard run. 

Keke is more of a raw talent than Mack and may have to redshirt before he is ready to play in the SEC. The additions of Mack and Keke will bolster a defensive line that has been overhauled since Sumlin took the team over in 2012. 

Sumlin and defensive line coach Terry Price have signed six defensive tackles since arriving in Aggieland in 2012. If they sign Mack and Keke, they will have effectively made the Aggies three deep at the position. That is the kind of depth that can help a team win conference and national titles. 

Sumlin and his staff have done an excellent job stocking the roster with SEC-caliber talent. They are well on their way to bringing another top-10 class to Aggieland. 

Taking the rankings out of the equations, the Aggies need to add two more wide receivers, a running back, a true offensive guard, a pass-rushing defensive end, a linebacker and at least one true cover corner. 

If the Aggies close their class with Lodge, Ronald Jones, Toby Weathersby, James Lockhart, Jefferson, Richard Moore and Sheffield, they will have a chance to sign the top-ranked class in the nation.