Thursday, February 4, 2010
Texas A&M recruiting capsule
By Tim Griffin
Texas A&M Aggies
Total class: 22
By position: OT 4, DE 4, RB 3, QB 3, DT 2, WR 2, OG 1, ATH 1, CB 1, OLB 1.
By state: Texas 20, Louisiana 1, Colorado 1.
Already enrolled in school: 4.
The big ones: Bookends Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews are two of the nation’s top seven offensive tackles with Joeckel ranked sixth and Matthews seventh. They are the kind of players that Coach Mike Sherman can build an offense around for the next few years. And Toney Hurd Jr., who decommitted from Notre Dame after the coaching change, is a ball-hawking cornerback who overcomes his lack of size with spectacular athleticism that helped him become the nation’s 11th-rated cornerback.
Sleeper: WR Malcome Kennedy was overshadowed while playing quarterback on his high school team because of the presence of RB Traylon Shead, a heralded Texas recruit. Kennedy moved to quarterback for his senior season, rushing for 25 touchdowns and 2,357 yards and passing for 1,515 yards and 22 more scores. He actually might be a better fit for the Aggies at safety because of the team's receiving depth. Kennedy had eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries last season along with his monster offensive numbers.
Needs met: Von Miller will be around for another season at defensive end, but the Aggies still need some help and got it with four players including projected standouts Nehemiah Hicks and Damontre Moore. Sherman is a stickler for depth in the offensive line so it’s no surprise the Aggies added four tackles and made it a huge priority. The Aggies also prepared for life without Jerrod Johnson by adding Matt Joeckel, Jameill Showers and Clay Honeycutt to battle for the backup job.
Analysis: The Aggies attracted a solid class that lost a little when Corey Nelson jilted them for Oklahoma and Jarrett Fobbs signed with LSU on the final day of the recruiting season. Sherman thinks that three of his offensive linemen will be contending for playing time next season. Despite the Aggies' struggles on defense and the arrival of new coordinator Tim DeRuyter, this class is heavily skewed with adding offensive help.
What Mike Sherman said: “We're not recruiting against Timbuktu U. We're recruiting against some pretty dang good universities. We're going to win some and lose some. We don't lose sleep over that, I promise you."
Scouts Inc. grade/rankings: B, third in Big 12.