“Gig ‘Em!” The State of Recruiting in Texas belongs to the Aggies!
If you weren’t ready to admit there was a new sheriff in town last year, you have no choice now. Not only has Texas A&M overtaken the University of Texas on the football field but they have pushed past the Longhorns to claim the top spot as the Recruiting Kings of the Lone Star State! Coach Kevin Sumlin topped last year’s top ten recruiting class with a top five class this year, ranked fourth by ESPN. Once again he was able to purge Texas of some of its top recruits including four-star outside linebacker Otara Alaka out of Houston and Longview four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson. The Aggies’ class is highlighted by the number one quarterback, defensive end and athlete in the nation. Kyle Allen a strong-armed four-star and U.S. Army All-American looks to step in the big shoes left by departing Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Myles Garrett, a five-star defensive end from Arlington, was the top player in the state and a big get for Coach Sumlin and Speedy Noil (LOVE that name!) is a five-star wide receiver/running back and Under Armour All-American should blow up the college football scene, Percy Harvin style. Allen and Noil are early enrollees and are already in College Station.
Top Recruit: QB Kyle Allen
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It has been a turbulent month for new Texas coach Charlie Strong, with only weeks left to go in the recruiting season the new Horns leader not only had to assemble a coaching staff but also try and keep what was a top 10 recruiting class by exiting coach Mack Brown. It gets a bit more fun when you discuss Mack, rumors came out last week that the former UT coach had allegedly told recruits that he’d help them find a new school if they did not want to stick with their commitment to Texas. Mack denied the allegations but it was another challenge coach Strong did not need. Texas lost three, four-star defensive tackles and a four-star outside linebacker, two of those recruits ended up at A&M. On to the good news for the Longhorns, Coach Strong and his staff were able to secure a couple of late commitments from a set of defensive tackles. Four-star Poona Ford, (Pooooooonah!) sorry but I had to do that and three-star Chris Nelson who were once verbally committed to Louisville, coach Strong’s old stomping grounds. Texas’ recruiting class is headed by four-star defensive end Derick Roberson out of San Antonio, four-star out-side linebacker Edwin Freeman of Arlington and four-star dual-threat quarterback Jerrod Heard from Denton. The Longhorns class is ranked 16th by ESPN.
Top Recruit: QB Jerrod Heard
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Last but not least, the water they’re drinking in Waco is keeping recruits headed that way. ESPN ranks the Baylor Bears recruiting class 22nd in the nation. The class is arguably one of the best at the wide receiver position. K.D. Cannon a four-star prospect out of Mount Pleasant is one of the top wide-outs in the country and should make an immediate impact on the field as he did at the U.S. Army All-American game. Four-star athlete Davion Hall out of Texarkana brings size and speed which makes him a candidate on offense or defense. Add to the mix Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt, two four-star prospects from Houston and Willis and the Bears wide receiving class has the added dimensions of great size and speed. Baylor also scored big on the JUCO front with Jarell Broxton a top 50 junior college offensive guard, big also describes Broxton who measures in at six-foot five and three hundred twenty plus pounds!
Top Recruit: WR K.D. Cannon
Added Notes: Surprisingly A&M, Texas and Baylor were only able to keep half of the state’s top ten players home as schools across the nation continue to raid the Lone Star State of its football talent. The hometown UTEP Miners also were able to add to their stable of running backs with three-star prospects Treyvon Hughes out of Carrolton and David Hamm out of Klein.