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Friday, February 6, 2009
Texas A&M recruiting capsule

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas A&M

The Aggies' complete signing class can be found here.

Recruits: 28.

Breakdown: 27 high school, one junior college.

Positions: 7 DB, 5 LB, 4 OL, 4 WR, 3 DE, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 P, 1 DT.

Where they came from: Texas 25, Louisiana 3.

The stud: RB Christine Michael, of Beaumont, Texas (West Brook). The elusive Michael arrives as the most heralded Aggie recruit in more than a decade. He should have the opportunity to immediately compete for a starting job, boosting production of the Big 12's worst rushing attack.

Recruiting-class sleeper: WR Kenric McNeal of Spring. He was a quarterback in high school and missed most of his senior season with an injury. But his speed should get him a long look at wide receiver and perhaps for a special package as a shotgun-based quarterback. His athleticism will help the Aggies wherever he ends up.

The one who got away: S Craig Loston of Aldine (Eisenhower). The nation's No. 1 safety according to Scouts Inc., was an early recruit for the Aggies who de-committed after the firing of Dennis Franchione. He still was interested in the Aggies before deciding to attend LSU, where his cousin Russell Shepard also was a member of the Tigers' Class of 2009.

Needs addressed: Linebacker, running back, defensive back.

Not as pressing: Quarterback, defensive tackle.

Scouts Inc. grade: B- (Third in the Big 12, third in South Division).

My take: Coach Mike Sherman expects this class to immediately contribute several players who will contend for starting positions. Obviously, Michael is the key and Sherman's most heralded recruit yet. The Aggies also added talent in the secondary and at linebacker - key needs after last year's defensive struggles. And this class represents a fundamental philosophical switch in recruiting direction for the Aggies. Texas A&M has traditionally relied on much recruiting of smaller Class 3A Texas schools and below, but this class features only two players from high schools below the Class 4A level.