Texas A&M currently has 28 members of the 2013 recruiting class. After hosting numerous prospects over the last month, the Aggies are in very favorable position for several committed and uncommitted playmakers. If you had the power to finish out this class, who would you take?
Not much has changed since The Recruiting Snapshot article was published on September 17. The Aggies still have the same 28 prospects committed in the 2013 class. We have however, had the chance to get a clearer picture of where the Ags stand with some of the top talent still on their board.
As we discussed before, recruiting is never an exact science and the math can get quite fuzzy. So here's what we're going to do:
We are going to assume the Aggies have three scholarships available. We are not going to differentiate between early enrollees and May graduates. The prospects listed still have legitimate interest in the Aggies, so the end class is attainable. There are only three spots left, who do you choose, and it what order?
The five-star athlete and number one player in the state, made his way to College Station last weekend to take in the LSU game. The 6'5" 240-pound receiver is thought to be an Aggie-Tiger battle after decommitting from Texas. RSJ, with his size and athleticism, would be the Aggies only five-star recruit in the class.
The 6'6" 260-pound Memphis native, committed to Tennessee out of high school as one of the top tight ends in the nation. Now at Arizona Western Community College, Clear recently received an offer from the Aggies and will visit later in the year. Built in the mold of Martellus Bennett, Clear only has two years of eligibility left.
The 2010 Texas Tech signee out of Navasota, was recruited by Mike Sherman until it was clear he wouldn't qualify. The Navarro College tackle hasn't been offered by the Aggies yet, but would jump on one if it were to come. Calhoun could provide some protection in case Luke Joeckel or Jake Mathews (or both) go pro.
Manning is the number one defensive tackle in Texas for 2013. Once rumored to be a long time Oklahoma lean, he currently has a top three of A&M, OU, and TCU. The 6'3" 275-pound four-star has visited both A&M and Oklahoma twice in the past five weeks.
The East Mississippi C.C. four-star weak-side end will visit Aggieland for the Missouri game on November 23. The 6'6" 250-pound Smith currently has Florida State, Mississippi State, A&M, and West Virginia as his top choices.
The versatile 6'4" 220-pound linebacker finally made it to College Station last weekend after backing out of scheduled visits several times prior. Mitchell is one of A&M's top overall prospects left on the board. The Aggie staff will have to overcome Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops to get his signature.
The inside backer from Hawaii known as "the savage" on message boards, made the trip to Texas to see the Aggies embarrass the Arkansas Razorbacks. The"soft" Stanford commit loved his time in Aggieland and gave it higher marks than his visit to Notre Dame two weeks ago. Savaiinaea still has visits planned to UCLA and Stanford.
The Hutchinson C.C. defender visited for the South Carolina State game and named the Aggies the leaders for his services over a month ago. With no other visits planned, it would seem it was only a matter of time before he became Kevin Sumlin's 29th commit.
One of the first offers in 2013 for the Aggies, Mastrogiovanni snubbed the Ags for the Oklahoma Sooners back in June. However the Sooner commit made a surprising visit to campus last weekend.
One of the top cornerbacks in the nation, Alexander also made the trip to Aggieland for the LSU game. Alexander has been recruited by Aggie Defensive Coordinator Mark Snyder since his time at the University of South Florida. With Noel Ellis and Tavares Garner already committed, is there room for a third cornerback?
Another stud from East Mississippi C.C., Cox signed with Mississippi State out of high school. The 6'2" four-star is still very high on the Bulldogs and they remain the team to beat. He is scheduled to be in College Station for the Missouri Game with his teammate Za'Darius Smith.
There are your remaining targets to choose from. Do you continue to load up at positions such as defensive tackle and linebacker where a good number of scholarships are allocated? Or do you simply take the best available? At what point do team needs outweigh slightly better talent? Let us know which three are the most valuable to you and be prepared to explain why.