Texas A&M’s quest for a third-straight Top10 recruiting haul looks very realistic with the Aggies currently sitting on the 247Sports Composite’s No. 15 class with plenty of blue-chippers still in play.
Defensive line is a major point of emphasis in the stretch run as Texas A&M could lose three starters up front following the fall. They’re trying to reload that room with guys that can instantly push for time. In addition to what’s already in the fold, Jimbo Fisher and company are in good position for Top247 recruits in Tunmise Adeleye, Shemar Turner and Elijah Jeudy.
Adeleye is basically down to Alabama and the Aggies and unless a visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend for the Iron Bowl flipped the script the vibe is that Texas A&M is in pole position.
A source around DeSoto (Texas) High continues to say that the Aggies are the one to beat for Turner who is also high on Texas, Alabama and Georgia.
Texas A&M has been considered the overwhelming favorite for Jeudy since he decommitted from Georgia back in September.
If the Aggies can pull all three of those defensive linemen, when slotting them in on the 247Sports Class Calculator, it would boost their score to 267.44, a mark that would’ve been good enough to finish No. 10 in the 2020 cycle.
But that’s not all.
The offensive line is another spot Fisher and company are honed in on with All-American Bryce Foster the ballyhooed name and Remington Strickland and top-ranked JUCO offensive tackle Jordan Moko being two others that are just as coveted. Texas A&M is battling Oklahoma for Foster and Strickland. The Sooners looked like the one to beat for Foster back in the spring but strong play on the field this fall by the Aggies offensive line has really moved the needle and made this recruitment a toss up at this point. Foster and Strickland both have a lot of ties to Texas A&M as well.
Let’s put Foster and Strickland in the fold for the Aggies and that boosts the score to 275.99 which would’ve finished No. 7 in 2020.
Texas A&M is on the short list for consensus Top100 recruits in running back LJ Johnson and receiver Brian Thomas Jr. There was a lot of smoke around Texas going into the season for Johnson while the Aggies have been steady in this race throughout. The Aggies are in great shape for Thomas alongside Alabama and LSU. Perhaps those both go to February’s National Signing Day and I could see them both ending up in the fold.
Let’s put both of them in that 247Sports Class Calculator and you see the score rise to 288.75, a hair behind the No. 6 rated haul Texas A&M signed a year ago.
The final area Fisher and his staff are going hard is in the secondary. Top247 cornerback MJ Daniels is committed to Mississippi State but said over the weekend if he flips the Aggies have the best chance. Top247 safety Jardin Gilbert will announce his plans on Jan. 2 and Texas A&M has been going hard for him. The No. 2 safety in the Top247 Terrion Arnold has the Aggies in his final five but is probably the biggest long shot of the three. Regardless Arnold will get as much attention as any recruit remaining.
With all of that written, Texas A&M is going to be one of the teams to watch leading up to this Early Signing Period beginning on Dec. 16. We’ve seen some monster closes already under Fisher in College Station and perhaps another is on the way.