Tavares Garner could be A&M's biggest sleeper in this class.
Everybody knows the big names, but there are always those players who rise out of the ranks and become stars that nobody saw coming. Texas A&M has a number of examples on the roster right now. From Jarvis Harrison to Mike Evans to Johnny Manziel, Kevin Sumlin has already gotten more than most expected from several players. So that’s the question for the GigEm247 staff, who's the biggest sleeper in this class?
Hamm’s Take: There are two big sleepers in this class on each side of the ball. On offense, especially with all the receivers in this year’s class, St. Louis (HI) speedster Jeremy Tabuyo may possibly end up being the slot receiver that contributes the most next year on Kyle Field. Completely rehabilitated from his ACL injury, the sub-4.4 “flying Hawaiian” has been putting in work in the weight room and recently weighed in at 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. His ability to cut and get up field is comparable to “Quiv” but with more of a college ready body. He caught 49 balls for 770 yards which averages out to be over 15 yards per catch, with most of those being YAC. He’ll also be a threat in the return game.
On defense, I’ll go with the corner who hasn’t given up a TD in two years while playing in a pass happy district. Who recorded five interceptions, with one returned to the house his senior season. Who blocked a punt and had only one true ball caught on him all season. That player is Manvel’s Tavares Garner. Ask people close to the program and they’ll say the same thing about the 4-star defender. While he just received his rankings bump from 247Sports, he’s a player who often gets overlooked in this stellar class. Look for Garner to compete and possibly contribute like DeVante Harris did for A&M this season.
Bloom’s Take: Not bad picks with Garner and Tabuyo, but there’s something I like about Jonathan Wiggins. I’m not sure he ends up at safety, because he’s already a big kid at 6-3 and 200 pounds, but he’s the type of hard nosed guy that I think is going to push the people around him. A&M is trying to create a tougher identity in the secondary, and perhaps Wiggins can be a part of that.