5 Uncommitted 2015 Recruits Who'll Help Texas A&M Land No. 1 Recruiting Class

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 16, 2014

5 Uncommitted 2015 Recruits Who'll Help Texas A&M Land No. 1 Recruiting Class

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    Texas A&M has the No. 3 class in the 247Sports Recruiting Rankings. Landing the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation is realistic for the Aggies, as they sit in good position with many top uncommitted recruits.

    However, the key to securing the top spot will depend on how Texas A&M fares with five critical prospects. A pair of 5-star in-state defensive targets are must gets for head coach Kevin Sumlin, while sealing the deal with an elite 4-star receiver must also be done.

    If Texas A&M lands all of the following recruits, it will be tough leaving it out of the No. 1 spot for 2015.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

James Lockhart, DE

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    A 4-star defensive end from Texas, James Lockhart is a key target for Texas A&M. Not only is he an in-state prospect, but 247Sports says he is deciding between the Aggies and SEC rival Alabama. 

    At 6'3" and 260 pounds, Lockhart has good strength to anchor versus running plays. That same strength also helps him hold his own versus guards when he plays defensive tackle. The Texan would bring great versatility to the Aggies' defensive line unit. 

DaMarkus Lodge, WR

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    DaMarkus Lodge is a 5-star receiver who can be tough to read. However, Texas A&M is a key school to watch in his recruitment.

    Lodge also has programs such as Baylor, LSU and Ole Miss on his mind, per 247Sports. The Aggies spread offense would be a solid fit for Lodge, as he could do great damage in the intermediate passing game to compliment the speedy receivers that are already in College Station. 

    Texas A&M will have to fight until the end for the 6'2.5", 190-pounder. 

Christian Kirk, WR

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    Another elite receiver Texas A&M is after is Christian Kirk. Landing the explosive 4-star prospect from Arizona would be a huge help for the Aggies to move into the No. 1 recruiting class ranking.

    At 5'11" and 195 pounds, Kirk's speed and quickness would be used as a receiver, runner and returner in College Station. However, schools such as Ohio State, USC and Auburn will give the Aggies a fight for Kirk, according to 247Sports.

Malik Jefferson, OLB

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    Malik Jefferson is an uber-athletic 5-star linebacker from Texas who likely sits high on Texas A&M's recruiting board.

    The things the 6'2", 225-pounder can do on the football field are rare and special. Jefferson also has the ability to rush the passer like a dynamic defensive end.

    Jefferson is digging the Aggies, says 247Sports. However, schools such as Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Baylor and Texas also are in the mix.

    Jefferson told the following to Fletcher Whiteley of AggieYell.com (subscription required) on June 5 about a recent conversation with Kevin Sumlin:

    "Coach Sumlin and I just talked and got to know each other better. He basically told me he really wants me at A&M."

Kendall Sheffield, CB

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    At this point, it's hard to imagine Texas A&M landing the No. 1 class without securing a commitment from 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield.

    From Texas, Sheffield is an elite talent who still seems to be somewhat open in his recruitment. The Aggies have a great shot with him, but schools such as Texas, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, Baylor and Notre Dame also are under consideration, says 247Sports

    At 5'11" and 180 pounds, Sheffield's athleticism and cover skills could get him on the field early at Texas A&M. He also can return kicks and punts. 

    The Aggies must land him to have a chance to sign the best class for 2015.


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.