Texas A&M Football: 5 Biggest Recruiting Commit Busts in Program History
Most college football fans love to follow college football recruiting. Some love it more than the game itself. There are no literally hundreds of sites that evaluate and rank recruits, awarding them "stars" and trying to project who is the best of the best.
It is impossible to project who is going to be a great player at the next level, even for the coaches who are paid to evaluate these players.
Every college fan can tell you a story about a stud recruit that never lived up to his hype coming out of high school. Still, every year you see high school players projected as the next big thing, and fans salivate at the thought of landing these blue-chip players for their program.
This is a look at five players who had a lot of hype coming into the Texas A&M program, but never lived up to it on the field.
5. Kelvin Flood OLB
Kelvin Flood was going to be the next great outside linebacker at Texas A&M.
The 6'2", 205-pound linebacker out of Dallas Kimball High School coasted 4.4 speed. He registered 20 sacks as a senior. He was going to step in as a freshman in 2002 and help the Aggies' pass-rush.
Rivals ranked him as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the nation.
Flood never registered a tackle at A&M and left the school after two years.
Flood had great statistics in high school because he played defensive end in a weak district and often went unblocked. He was simply not good enough to play at this level.
4. Jason Frederick S
In 1998, the Aggies won the Big 12 championship over Kansas State. In the spring of 1999, they signed a top 10 recruiting class. One of the jewels of that class was nationally ranked safety Jason Frederick from Cypress Falls High School.
Frederick was 5'11", 197 lbs and ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.
He was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game. He was going to be the Aggies' next great safety.
Frederick only lasted one year on campus. He transferred from A&M to Sam Houston State after one year in the program. He struggled to find playing time in Huntsville.
He was simply a guy who never lived up to his rating on the field.
3. Anothony Lewis ILB
Anthony Lewis was the No. 84 overall ranked player in the nation by Rivals. He was ranked as the eighth best linebacker prospect in the nation.
Lewis was 6'2", 225 pounds and ran a 4.6. He signed with the Aggies in the 2006 class and was going to step in and be a starter at MLB for at least three seasons.
Lewis was the perfect example of a player that was ruined by Dennis Franchione's strength and conditioning program.
Under Franchione, Lewis added a lot of useless bulk and was trying to play MLB at around 260 pounds. His 40 time slowed down to 5.0, and he simply was not fast enough to make any kind of notable contribution on the field.
Lewis was a career backup. Aggies are left to wonder what could have been if he had played under a different coach with a different weight program.
2. Rod Davis DT
Rod Davis was ranked by Rivals as the No. 17 defensive tackle in the country. He was considered the best defensive tackle in the state of Texas in 2008.
The 6'2", 300-pound DT from Aldine Eisenhower was coveted by everyone, and the Aggies won a battle down to the wire with Texas for Davis' signature. He was part of Mike Sherman's first recruiting class at A&M and was going to be an anchor on the interior for the defensive line as Sherman improved the talent in the program.
Davis never lived up to the hype. He was a lazy player who gained a lot of bad weight and was not willing to work in Mike Sherman's system. He never found his way higher than the third team defensive line and left the program and school after two years.
Another "can't-miss" prospect who missed.
1. Jorrie Adams OL/DE
Jorrie Adams was the No. 1-ranked offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals in 2003. He and Red Bryant were teammates at Jasper (TX) High School, and both committed to A&M in 2003.
Adams was the No. 8 ranked player overall by Rivals in 2003. He was 6'7" 275 lbs and ran a 4.8 in the 40.
Adams was going to be the Ags left tackle of the future. He was a future top-10 NFL draft pick who would protect the blind side of the QBs in Aggieland before moving onto NFL millions.
As a freshman, Adams was moved to DE. As a sophomore he showed some promise with 22 tackles including four tackles for loss and half a sack.
During the offseason after his sophomore year, Adams was arrested for possession of marijuana and dealing marijuana. He was kicked off the team and out of school.
He went to Angelo State in San Angelo, TX and played on the offensive line. He ran afoul of the law in San Angelo and was charged with multiple felonies.
He is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for burglary of a habitation.