Roney Elam was expected to land in the SEC when he announced his collegiate commitment Friday afternoon. The intrigue resided in whether the defensive back would head to Texas A&M or bolt state borders for Baton Rouge.
The 4-star Texas prospect decided to continue his career at College Station, spurning fellow finalist LSU in the process:
Commited to Texas A&M Today. ( Feels Great )— Roney Elam Jr (@RoneyJr_) August 15, 2014
Elam, a versatile 6'3", 170-pound athlete at Newton High School, picked the Aggies from an assortment of scholarship offers that includes Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor. Despite an expansive list of options, the process ultimately came down to Texas A&M and LSU.
He provides another upgrade in the defensive secondary for head coach Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies' transition to the SEC has been a resounding success, but the bulk of credit must go to an explosive offensive attack.
Now that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is playing for paychecks, it's imperative Texas A&M elevates its defensive depth and prowess. The program has done an excellent job addressing that need throughout this recruiting cycle.
Elam, rated 27th nationally among cornerback prospects in 247Sports' composite rankings, has the size and range to contribute in multiple roles. He plays with physicality, anticipates the run and exhibits above-average tackling skills, indicating a strong fit at safety.
However, the Aggies may be looking to get longer at cornerback (who isn't these days?). Elam extends an impressive wingspan to disrupt passing windows and flashes enough hip fluidity to handle downfield assignments.
Given his frame and style of play, he has the potential to flourish in press-coverage.
Roney Elam is a great fit for what Terry Joseph wants. He's tall (6'3") fast and physical. A big get for #TAMU.— Mark Passwaters (@mbpRivals) August 15, 2014
Elam visited both LSU and Texas A&M this summer, sizing up his top options. In the end, it's a win for the home team.
His junior season produced plenty of highlights, as he contributed mightily on both sides of the ball. Elam led the team with five interceptions, while tallying 16 touchdowns at quarterback.
He joins an Aggies class currently listed second nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings. Led by 5-star tackle Daylon Mack, this haul is expected to dramatically alter the team's defensive depth chart.
Elam provides flexibility for a secondary that already holds commitments from 4-star safety prospects Larry Pryor and Justin Dunning, who was one of the most impressive defenders at The Opening last month.
Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.