Texas A&M Football: Players to Watch in High School All-American Games

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2014

Texas A&M Football: Players to Watch in High School All-American Games

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    The Texas A&M football coaches have one of the top 10 recruiting classes in the nation committed to sign with them in February. The Aggies have multiple members of their signing class participating in national high school All-Star games.

    The Aggies have two commitments in the Under Armour All-Star and four in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. There are multiple uncommitted recruits in the two games who may sign with the Aggies in February.

    In the 2014 Under Armour Game, Speedy Noil and Myles Garrett had standout performances that were a nice prelude to their impact on the Texas A&M team as true freshmen.

    This is a look at the 2015 Texas A&M recruits who will be participating in national high school All-American games.  

Under Armour All-Star Game

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    The Aggies have two commitments participating in the Under Armour game. The most important recruit in the 2015 recruiting class for Texas A&M is quarterback Kyler Murray. He will be playing in the Under Armour game. 

    Murray passed for 4,713 yards and rushed for 1,495 yards as a senior in 2014. He scored a total of 79 touchdowns in leading Allen High School in Allen, Texas, to its third consecutive state title. Murray ended his career with a 43-0 record as a starter. 

    Wide receiver Christian Kirk from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, will also play in the game. Kirk rushed for 1,692 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. He also caught 61 passes for 1,187 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

    It will be interesting to see if these two can develop any kind of chemistry before they set foot on campus. Murray and Kirk are currently the highest-ranked members of the 2015 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.  

US Army All-American Bowl

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    In 2014 the Aggies were able to watch Kyle Allen play in San Antonio in the U.S. Army All-American Game before he took a snap under center for the Aggies nine months later. There are four future Aggies in the game in 2015 with two capable of making an instant impact like Allen.

    Running back Jay Bradford from Splendora High School in Splendora, Texas, will play for the West squad. Bradford is rated as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports and the No. 37 overall recruit in Texas. He rushed for 945 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.

    James Lockhart is a 6'2", 250-pound defensive end from Ennis High School in Ennis, Texas. Lockhart is an active player who had 122 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a junior in 2013. He helped lead Ennis to the 5A state title in Texas as a senior in 2014. Lockhart is rated as 4-star prospect by 247Sports and as the No. 22 overall recruit in Texas. 

    Offensive linemen Trevor Elbert from Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas, and Keaton Sutherland from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, are also playing in the game. Both are expected to redshirt for the Aggies in 2015. 

Recruits Still Considering the Aggies

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    There are a number of recruits in the All-American games who were committed to the Aggies or are considering the Aggies. Kendall Sheffield is a 6'0", 180-pound cornerback who is still considering Texas A&M.

    DaMarkus Lodge and Daylon Mack were both previously committed to A&M but are now considering other options. Who the Aggies hire as wide receiver coach and defensive coordinator will likely have an impact on whether those two consider signing with the Aggies in February.  

    Wide receiver Tyron Johnson and running back Soso Jamabo are two recruits who are still considering the Aggies. Do not be surprised to see the Aggie coaches make a late push for both players. 

    The coaches brought in running back Chris Warren for a visit earlier in the year, but do not expect the Aggies to make a late run at him. Kevin Sumlin and his staff appear to be satisfied with one running back in the class. 

Outstanding Needs

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    The Aggies have a top-10 class committed but still have some needs on the defensive side of the ball. Ideally they would convince Daylon Mack to come back in the fold and sign with them in February. 

    They need help on the defensive line and at linebacker. Mack would go a long way toward alleviating some of those needs on the defensive line. 

    The Aggies need as many bodies at linebacker as they can get. They currently have four capable linebackers on the roster. They need at least six to have a chance to be successful in the SEC. 

    Do not expect the Aggies to land any noteworthy recruits on the defensive side of the ball until head coach Kevin Sumlin picks a defensive coordinator. 

     

    Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.