National Signing Day 2010: Texas A&M Aggies Take a Big Hit

Jeff ShullAnalyst IFebruary 3, 2010

Take a good look at that picture Aggie fans; that is the face of betrayal. For some reason, linebacker Corey Nelson decided to back out on his verbal commitment to Texas A&M and choose Oklahoma instead.

I can't wait til you come to Kyle Field.

Along with Nelson, athlete Jarrett Fobbs opted out of his verbal and signed with LSU. Fobbs is a four-star athlete and considered one of the best, if not the best, wide receivers in the state of Louisiana.

Apparently he didn't want to leave Cajun Country.

These were big losses for Mike Sherman and the A&M coaching staff, and the class rankings show it.

ESPN dropped them three spots in their rankings and dropped them four. Even with the losses, Sherman reported one of the best recruiting classes in a long time.

The day was pretty uneventful, with only one recruit signing who wasn't previously verbally committed—defensive tackle Jonathan Mathis out of Brenham.

Mathis is a JUCO transfer who Sherman believes will come in and be an immediate factor in the new 3-4 system.

"He has great length and he's a very tough, physical player," Sherman said. "He'll contribute significantly to our defense almost immediately."

Tim DeRuyter, recent hire from Air Force, will hopefully bring the solution for the problem they have had in recent years.

The 3-4 is very successful against the pass, which is why you see more and more teams switching to that philosophy in the NFL.

It is predicated on getting to the quarterback faster by disguising blitzes and utilizing athletic linebackers and lineman in the pass rush. Sherman recruited six defensive lineman this year, so you can count on two or three of them being used this year.

As much as I am upset about the decommitments today, all-in-all it is still a fantastic class. Sherman knows the key to success is getting solid in the trenches. 11 of the 23 recruits are either offensive or defensive lineman.

Four of the offensive lineman are four-star prospects, according to Rivals. Given the terrible offensive line play last year, you can rest assure that no one's job is safe.

The Aggie's offensive line class is rated third best in the country by Rivals.

Along with these lineman, the offensive side was highlighted by three four-star runningbacks. Ben Malena, Mister Jones, and D.J. Jones will likely fight hard for the third runningback slot, but neither will get much playing time aside from potential injury replacements.

Together, they make the fourth best runningbacks class.

Yesterday, a relatively unknown recruit named Tramone Mickens signed a letter of intent. He was not previously committed, but added to an overall impressive defensive class.

Ivan Robinson and Domonique Patterson headline the defensive side, along with previously discussed Mathis.

Robinson is a highly rated defensive tackle and will look to impact the defense straight away. The Aggies gave up 171 yards per game on the ground last year, which explains why they recruited DL so heavily.

Patterson was Nelson's teammate at Skyline in Dallas. He was only a three-star recruit; hopefully he'll turn out to be the better of the two.

Now that the 2010 class is set in stone, the Aggies had better start concentrating on getting results on the gridiron.

"Every one of these players has come here because we have a very specific plan for them, for their success," Sherman said. "It's our job to make sure they get there. We were able to attack every position we needed to, and we've got kids who are playmakers, kids who are tough, and kids who are very competitive."

Let's make this one count, coach.