Aggie fans already know that this could be one of A&M’s best classes of all time, but just how good is it? You can look at the national rankings and see that A&M is 8th in the country, but where you really see their progress is looking at the Texas rankings. So with a few days left before signing day, GigEm247 takes you inside A&M’s recruiting class.
Sealy's five star athlete Ricky Seals-Jones is the cornerstone of A&M's highly rated 2013 class.
In 2010, the Aggies signed three of the state’s top 25 players according to 247Sports’ Top247, all three were offensive linemen. In 2011, they didn’t sign a single one. (The highest rated member of the class was Howard Matthews, at 34). In 2012, a highly thought of class, the Aggies got four.
Going back further you have to use the Rivals.com rankings (since 247Sports wasn’t around until 2010,), but the Aggies got one commitment from the state’s top 25 in 2009, four in 2008, and two in 2007.
That’s 14 players of the state’s 25 best over the course of six recruting years. Well, things are different now in Aggieland.
This year , the Aggies already have eight commitments among the state’s 25 best players, and could add a ninth if they’re able to flip Daeshon Hall. In the Austin American Statesman’s “Fab 55” (based off of 247Sports Rankings), the Aggies lead all teams with 14 commitments, their most in the state’s Top 55 since the beginning of 247Sports.
It’s also a group that has 14 “4 star” commitments in the ranks, including ten players in listed in the 247Composite, all but one of which hail from the Lone Star State. (138th ranked Sebastian LaRue is the exception.)
Perhaps the most impressive thing Kevin Sumlin’s group has done with this class is to fill positions of need in a big way. At receiver, the Aggies signed four of the state’s top eight receivers (if you include Ricky Seals-Jones as a receiver). That group includes five star Ricky Seals-Jones and four stars Derrick Griffin, Laquvionte Gonzalez, and Kyrion Parker.
They also landed two of the state’s three best defensive tackles, four stars Justin Manning and Isaiah Golden, and still have a chance to land the state’s two best defensive ends. In fact, the Aggies landed at least one of the top two at tackle, defensive tackle, safety, corner and wide receiver.
The Aggies signed a combination of players who were rated highly when the process started like Seals-Jones, and some who weren’t rated highly when the process began. For example, Kenny Hill, Kyrion Parker and Hardreck Walker all became four star players with 247Sports’ most recent update.
What that shows is that the A&M coaches aren’t just going to recruit players because people think they should. They’re going to identify guys early on that fit their system, even if internet sites don’t have them highly rated when the process begins.
Only time will tell how well this class will eventually play out, but with just a few days remaining until signing day, it’s easy to see why fans, and the 247Sports rankings, think this is one of A&M’s best classes of all time.