Texas A&M Recruiting: Looking Ahead to 2015 Class

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2014

Texas A&M Recruiting: Looking Ahead to 2015 Class

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    Matt Strasen/Associated Press

    The Texas A&M football coaches just put the finishing touches on a 2014 signing class that was ranked No. 6 in the country. Now the coaches turn their attention to the 2015 recruiting class, which has the potential to be the best class the Aggies have signed in a generation. 

    There are 359 days until signing day in 2015, but the Aggies currently have the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the nation. Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have done an outstanding job in assembling some of the top talent in the state and nation for the 2015 class. 

    The coaches have started the process of building the program into one of the elites in the country. In order to accomplish that task, they will need to stack great recruiting classes on top of one another. 

    The Aggies have brought in back-to-back top-10 classes. If they can sign a top-10 class in 2015, that will make three elite classes in a row. That means they will have almost completely turned over the roster with SEC-caliber talent.

    This is a look at the commitments and targets in the 2015 recruiting class for Texas A&M.  

    Note: Rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

2015 Commitments

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    Katy RB Rodney Anderson rushes against Cedar Hill in the 2013 Texas 5A state title game.
    Katy RB Rodney Anderson rushes against Cedar Hill in the 2013 Texas 5A state title game.Matt Strasen/Associated Press/Associated Press

    The Aggies currently have seven commits in their 2015 recruiting class. The commitments include two players who are arguably the best in the country at their position, and three players who are ranked among the top 100 in the nation. 

    Defensive tackle Daylon Mack is the bell-cow of the A&M class. He is arguably the top defensive tackle in the country and the No. 1 recruit in Texas. If the Aggies hold onto him, they will have signed the top defensive tackle in Texas for three years in a row—Justin Manning, DeShawn Washington and Mack. 

    Jordan Davis became the first commit of the 2015 class when he made a verbal pledge in June 2013. A case can be made that he is the best tight end recruit in the nation. He is en elite receiving target who caught 39 passes for 558 yards and five touchdowns in 2013.

    The Aggies have two running backs committed who are ranked among the top 100 recruits in the nation. Rodney Anderson and Jay Bradford were the Aggies' two top targets at the running back position.  

    Two safeties are also committed in the 2015 class. Larry Pryor is a 4-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 18 overall player in Texas. Justin Dunning is a 4-star prospect who will likely grow into a linebacker. 

    The class is rounded out by 4-star offensive tackle Trevor Elbert. He is ranked as the No. 14 overall prospect in Texas. 

Offensive Needs

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    The Aggies need to add one quarterback in the class, and possibly two. There will be two scholarship candidates on the roster at quarterback after the 2014 season. Landing an elite quarterback in the 2015 class is a must. 

    Allen High School quarterback Kyler Murray is the Aggies' top target at the position. He is the son of former Texas A&M star quarterback Kevin Murray. He is the Aggies' top remaining uncommitted target in the 2015 class.

    The coaches must land him. He led Allen High School to consecutive state titles in Texas' highest classification. He is the most dynamic quarterback in the state since Johnny Manziel, and Murray is further along as a passer than Manziel was at this point in his development.

    The Aggies have two running backs committed and may look for the third since Varshaun Nixon signed with TCU. Look for the Aggies to target JaMycal Hasty if they go after another running back.

    They will try to sign three wide receivers in the 2015 class. Damarkus Lodge from Cedar Hill, Texas is the Aggies' top target at the position.

    Texas A&M has Trevor Elbert committed on the offensive line and will look to sign three more linemen in the class. Do not be surprised if Texas offensive tackle commit Connor Lanfear is the next recruit to pull the trigger and commit to the Aggies.  

    The Aggies are not going to look for another tight end in the 2015 class with Jordan Davis already committed. 

Defensive Needs

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    Texas A&M safety commit Justin Dunning
    Texas A&M safety commit Justin DunningCredit: 247Sports

    The Aggies have one defensive tackle committed in Daylon Mack and will look to add three more defensive linemen to the 2015 haul. Expect the program to add one more defensive tackle and two defensive ends to the class.

    At linebacker, the top target is Malik Jefferson from Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas. Texas A&M will try to sign three linebackers in the 2015 class, and he is the top linebacker in the state. The Aggies need to add talent and depth at the position.

    At defensive back, the Aggies already have two safeties committed. Look for them to try to add at least two cornerbacks. Kendall Sheffield of Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas is their top target.

    Kris Boyd from Gilmer, Texas and Josh Butler from West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas are two more cornerbacks to keep an eye on. 

Recruiting Overview

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    Texas A&M receiver recruit Frank Iheanacho
    Texas A&M receiver recruit Frank IheanachoEric Gay/Associated Press

    It is important to keep in mind how early it is in the recruiting process right now. At this time last year, no one knew who Frank Iheanacho was. 

    Aggies fans should expect to see Texas A&M sign at least four offensive linemen and four defensive linemen in every signing class. In the SEC, you win games in the trenches, and the coaches must ensure that the Aggies are deep and talented on both lines. 

    The top two recruits on the Aggies' board right now are Kyler Murray and Malik Jefferson. Add those two to the recruiting class, and Texas A&M will be looking at one of the best classes that it has ever signed. 

    Multiple recruiting targets will emerge during the spring evaluation period and the summer camp season. Expect more defensive tackle prospects from Texas to surface once the Aggies coaches make their rounds during the spring.