Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Predicting All the Recruits Who Will Sign on NSD
The Texas A&M football coaches are going to sign a top-10 recruiting class on national signing day. They will finish out the class with a couple of elite recruits, and this class will contribute immediately in 2015.
In order to compete in the SEC on a weekly basis, you need to have elite talent. The Aggies could bring in a top-five recruiting class and they still would not even sign the best class in their division.
There are currently four SEC teams with recruiting classes ranked higher than the Aggies' class. Alabama and LSU are in the SEC West along with Texas A&M, and both have classes ranked above the Aggies'.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has done a nice job of turning over the roster and stocking it with SEC-level talent. The 2015 class is Sumlin's fourth recruiting class in Aggieland and should put A&M in position to compete for SEC titles every year going forward.
This is a look at all of the players who are expected to sign with Texas A&M on national signing day.
Kyler Murray is the only quarterback the Aggies will sign in the 2015 recruiting class. The 5-star prospect from Allen, Texas, is a dynamic playmaker who is ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.
Murray will remind Aggie fans of Johnny Manziel, only Murray is a better passer at this stage of his career than Manziel was. He is a Texas high school football legend, having led his team to three consecutive state championships and an undefeated 43-0 record in games he started.
Murray is the most important member of the Aggies' 2015 recruiting class. Kyle Allen is the only scholarship quarterback currently on campus, so Murray will be expected to step in and be the backup quarterback immediately.
His ability to create when a play breaks down and his competitive fire are unmatched at the high school level. Murray was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year among many other honors. He is the most decorated member of the Aggies' 2015 recruiting class.
The Aggies will only sign one running back in the 2015 class, and that will be Jay Bradford out of Splendora, Texas. The 4-star prospect is a speedy back who may contribute on special teams in 2015.
Bradford fought through injuries in 2014 but managed to rushed for 945 yards and 12 touchdowns. Depending on the Aggies' needs at the position, Bradford may be asked to redshirt in 2015.
Bradford is one of the fastest players in the country with a best time of 10.48 in the 100-meter dash. If he does not redshirt, he will fill the role of Trey Williams in the Aggies offense.
The Aggies will sign three wide receivers in the 2015 class. They will not be able to convince Damarkus Lodge to re-commit and come to Aggieland.
The Aggies will sign Christian Kirk, Damion Ratley and Kemah Siverand at the wide receiver position. Kirk is the highest ranked of the three. The 4-star prospect from Arizona is ranked as the No. 41 overall recruit in the nation by 247Sports.
Kirk and Ratley have already enrolled at A&M and will participate in spring practice. Expect both of them to fight for a spot in the wide receiver rotation in 2015.
Siverand is a deep threat with prototypical size and speed. Whether or not he redshirts will depend on how well he performs in front of the coaches during the summer and August practices.
The Aggies are signing one tight end in their recruiting class. Kevin Sumlin and his staff identified Jordan Davis as a tight end they had to have early in the process.
Davis committed to Texas A&M in June of 2013 and never wavered on his commitment. The 6'5", 255-pound athlete is ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 10 overall tight end in the country.
He caught 33 passes for 496 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. Davis enrolled at A&M in January and will participate in spring practice. Aggie fans should expect him to play in the season opener against Arizona State.
The Aggies will sign four offensive linemen on national signing day. Keaton Sutherland enrolled in the school in January and will participate in spring practice.
Sutherland will have a jump on his classmates because of the extra semester at A&M and may compete for a spot in the two-deep. This is a solid class of linemen, with Sutherland looking like the best of that group at this point.
The Aggies will sign three defensive linemen in the 2015 class. Kingsley KeKe and James Lockhart are currently committed to A&M. Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis and head coach Kevin Sumlin will win the Daylon Mack sweepstakes and sign the all-world defensive tackle.
With Chavis taking over as the defensive coordinator, everyone will be starting from square one on the defense. That means everyone, including the incoming freshmen, has a chance to start in 2015.
Aggie fans should expect to see KeKe and Lockhart likely redshirt in 2015. Mack will be the backup nose guard at the start of the season and may be the starter by the end.
With this class, the Aggies finally have the defensive depth in the trenches to compete for championships in the SEC.
The Aggies will sign five linebackers in their 2015 recruiting class. The class is highlighted by standout outside linebacker Richard Moore of Cedar Hill, Texas.
Moore is listed as an outside linebacker because of his lack of size, but with his instincts, do not be surprised if he ends up playing in the middle. John Chavis had a lot of success with a smaller middle linebacker at LSU named Kevin Minter. Moore could be that kind of player at A&M.
Moore helped Cedar Hill High School win back-to-back state titles during his junior and senior seasons. He enrolled at A&M in January and will participate in spring practice. Aggie fans should expect Moore to contribute on special teams in 2015 and be in the two-deep at linebacker.
The other four linebackers in the class include junior college transfer Claude George, along with Riley Garner, Landis Durham and Dwain Thomas. Garner and Durham will likely redshirt. Thomas has the kind of attitude that the coaches need more of on defense.
Expect Thomas to contribute on special teams and George to find his way into the depth chart. George is on campus now and working out with the team.
The Aggies will sign six defensive backs on national signing day. Junior college safety Justin Evans is already enrolled and will participate in spring drills.
The Aggies are going to sign three safeties with Justin Dunning and Larry Pryor joining Evans in the class. They will sign three cornerbacks. Roney Elam and Deshawn Capers-Smith are already committed to the Aggies.
The Aggies will flip cornerback Kendall Sheffield from Alabama at the last minute in order to complete the class. Sheffield is one of the top high school corners in the country and will see immediate playing time in Aggieland.
This size and speed in this defensive back class will help John Chavis turn the defense around in 2015.
The Aggies are going to sign a kicker in the 2015 class. Daniel LaCamera is a place-kicker from East Lake High School in Florida.
He is the No. 4-ranked kicker in the country according to 247Sports. LaCamera will compete with Taylor Bertolet for place-kicking duties in 2015.
Do not be surprised to see Bertolet and LaCamera split the job. Bertolet could handle kickoffs and long field goals, while LaCamera would kick extra points and short field goals.
It is rare to offer a kicker a scholarship out of high school. Since the Aggies offered him one, expect them to use LaCamera in 2015.