Texas A&M Football Recruiting: 10 Best Aggie Recruits from BCS Era

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJuly 17, 2014

Texas A&M Football Recruiting: 10 Best Aggie Recruits from BCS Era

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    The BCS era started in 1999, and Texas A&M has signed its fair share of top recruits. The Aggies haven't always been the dominant recruiting power they are now, but they've done well for themselves in the past.

    College Station and Kyle Field are great places to be, which is part of the reason why Texas A&M signed a great dual-threat quarterback in 2002. A pair of franchise offensive tackles came in 2010, while a running back in the 1999 class was a good one coming out of high school.

    Also, keep in mind this list focuses on recruiting. That means studs like quarterback Johnny Manziel and defensive end Von Miller were left off due to not being top-rated recruits in high school.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.
    All stats are from Sports-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted. 

Ricky Seals-Jones, WR

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    Class: 2013

    Ricky Seals-Jones came to Texas A&M in the 2013 class as a 5-star prospect. Although he's yet to really make a big impact on the field for the Aggies, Seals-Jones was one of top recruits in America.

    At 6'5" and 230 pounds, the native Texan combines outstanding size with strength and impressive athletic ability. A knee injury cut his freshman season short, but Seals-Jones should be ready to make some noise this fall. 

Trey Williams, RB

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    Class: 2012

    Although he didn't have great size at 5'8" and 175 pounds, Trey Williams was one of the most dangerous offensive prospects in the national 2012 class. 

    His speed, quickness, agility, elusiveness and explosiveness made him a coveted recruit. In two seasons with the Aggies, Williams has rushed for 783 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's also caught 22 passes for 225 yards, while totaling 1,263 kickoff return yards.

Luke Joeckel, OT

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    Class: 2010

    Luke Joeckel arrived in College Station as a high-end 4-star offensive tackle. He worked with solid athleticism, great patience in his pass sets and terrific awareness.

    Joeckel became one of the best players in school history. He won the Outland Trophy in 2012, which was the same year he was a consensus All-American. The Jacksonville Jaguars made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Jake Matthews, OT

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    Class: 2010

    Another elite offensive lineman Texas A&M signed in 2010 was Jake Matthews. With an NFL pedigree, it wasn't a shock to see that Matthews possessed advanced technique, patience and vision as a high school blocker.

    He starred at right tackle for several seasons with the Aggies before switching to left tackle in 2013, the same season he became a consensus All-American. Matthews was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

Martellus Bennett, TE

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    Class: 2005

    Among the top offensive recruits in the country in 2005 was Martellus Bennett. From Texas, Bennett was an eccentric tight end recruit who was 6'7" and 240 pounds.

    His athleticism, agility and ability to run like a deer made him a recruit many schools in the country wanted. Bennett signed with Texas A&M, where he finished his college career with 105 receptions for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    He was a second-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL draft, and today he is the starting tight end for the Chicago Bears.

    Per David Sandhop of AggieYell.com (subscription required), Bennett said the following when he committed to the Aggies in January of 2005:

    "I'm going to the University of Texas A&M."

Stephen McGee, QB

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    Class: 2004

    Texas A&M convinced Stephen McGee to play in College Station in 2004. As a recruit, he had solid physical tools and deceptive mobility to go with a 6'3", 205-pound frame.

    The former 4-star quarterback prospect had a good career with the Aggies, totaling 5,475 yards and 28 touchdowns through the air and 1,750 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

    McGee was a fourth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 NFL draft. He is currently with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

Jorrie Adams, OL/DE

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    Class: 2003

    Jorrie Adams was a 5-star recruit from Texas who picked Texas A&M over many other schools in 2003. Adams is regarded by many as a colossal bust, but remember this list is geared more toward recruiting and not production.

    At 6'7" and 275 pounds, Adams had rare movement skills for a player his size. The Aggies decided to make him a defensive end over being an offensive tackle, and things didn't work out well.

    Adams was gone by the start of his sophomore season, and off-field problems have plagued him since.

Reggie McNeal, QB

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    Class: 2002

    Landing Reggie McNeal in 2002 was a huge coup for Texas A&M. He was a bona fide stud and playmaker during his recruiting year and gave the Aggies a player to build their offense around.

    The talented dual-threat quarterback was a speedy athlete who could do damage equally and effectively with his arm and legs. He used his skills to throw for 6,992 yards and rush for 1,889 yards on his way to 59 total touchdowns in his career

    McNeal was a sixth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2006 NFL draft. He also spent time in the CFL. 

Jami Hightower

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    Class: 2001

    Jami Hightower was a highly rated offensive lineman in the 2001 class. At 6'4" and 302 pounds, the Texas native often displayed ideal short-area power, strength and agility.

    Hightower was a versatile blocker who could play guard or tackle. He flashed potential early in his career in College Station but went undrafted.

    However, Hightower was definitely big time coming out of high school. 

Joe Weber, RB

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    Class: 1999

    It was a big deal in 1999 when Joe Weber decided to leave California and run at Texas A&M. The Golden State running back had great size at around 6'1" and 220-230 pounds in high school.

    Weber used his strength and power to push piles whenever he got the ball in College Station, finishing with 1,099 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

    Texas A&M rarely recruited in California in those days, but Weber was such a good recruit the Aggies willingly left their comfort zone to recruit him.

     

    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.