Big 12: Johnathon Henderson

Texas A&M recruiting analysis

February, 3, 2011
Texas A&M Aggies

The class

Signees: 22 (three from junior college, five enrolled early)

Top prospects: Kicker Taylor Bertolet will likely spend a year behind starter Randy Bullock, and two signing-day steals are at the top of the list of possible future stars in Tim DeRuyter's defense. 6-foot-5, 230-pound Brandon Alexander is the nation's No. 32 defensive end, but the Aggies fully intend on using him as a linebacker. He picked the Aggies over the rival Longhorns the morning of signing day. Cornerback Floyd Raven also picked Texas A&M over Ole Miss on signing day as well, despite a letter of intent mixup.

Needs met: Bertolet answers a big need for the Aggies in 2012, as the nation's No. 2 kicker. Don't be surprised if Alexander gets some early playing time to help replace Von Miller and Michael Hodges, two of the team's top defenders and linebackers who exhausted their eligibility after the 2010 season. Shaun Ward, a Florida native, is also a top linebacking prospect who could help early.

Analysis: Texas A&M had to make a late push for what looked like a mediocre class early on. In early July, the Aggies had just seven commits (10th in the Big 12) and its best prospect was the nation's No. 53 athlete, Jonathon Henderson. But Mike Sherman made a late push and signed 10 recruits with the same or better recruiting grade from ESPNU and help give the Aggies a class that ranks in the middle of the Big 12. It's not a class that wows, but it's one that should be able to continue some of the momentum that Texas A&M established in the 2010 season.

ESPN recruiting grade: B-minus

Ranking the early recruiting classes

June, 28, 2010
Realignment's wound down for the Big 12, with ten "unequivocally committed" members left hanging around. Fall camps are still over a month away. Spring games are two months in the rearview mirror.

Sounds like time for a 2011 recruiting update, no?

Here's how they sit after the first few months of 2011 recruiting. All the information below is from our ESPNU database. And again, remember, each of these commitments in non-binding, and players won't be able to sign an official letter of intent until February 2011.

Also, until they're officially gone, Colorado and Nebraska will get normal treatment/coverage on the blog. So, even though these recruits may never play a down in the Big 12, they'll be on this list.

Here's the bottom half, come back this afternoon for the top of the Big 12.

7. Kansas State

Total commitments: 10

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Sam Harvill, DT

No surprises here: Five of Snyder’s 10 recruits are junior college transfers.

8. Kansas

Total commitments: 10

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Michael Cummings, QB

Turner Gill lost out on in-state star Bubba Starling, but got another QB in Cummings from Killeen, Texas. He also added a pair of offensive linemen over the weekend, most recently junior college transfer Nick Johnson.

9. Baylor

Total commitments: 9

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Jonathan Lee, WR

Art Briles is bringing the beef to Waco: Seven of his nine commits are linemen or tight ends over 245 pounds.

10. Texas A&M

Total commitments: 7

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Jonathon Henderson, ATH

Four of the Aggies’ seven commitments are defensive, and another -- Henderson -- could play corner.

11. Iowa State

Total commitments: 6

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Kyle Boyd, ILB

Boyd will join a solid group of young linebackers in Ames.

12. Colorado

Total commitments: 3

ESPNU150 members: None

Top recruit: Dexter Foreman, QB

Dan Hawkins added Foreman and another top 100 QB, Nick Sherry, to compete with incoming freshman Nick Hirschman to help succeed Tyler Hansen.