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Coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff welcomed close to twenty prospects to College Station this weekend for a second junior day that coincided the opening day of spring practice. When the day was over, the Aggies added three big-time players and moved their recruiting class to the #1 spot in the country.
In total, eighteen high school juniors made it to Aggieland on Saturday:
*Number in parenthesis indicates position in GBH's Texas Top 50 list
(5) Brenham DB Darrion Johnson
- (7) West Mesquite S Dylan Sumner-Gardner
- (20) Nederland DT Deshawn Washington
- (21) Katy Seven Lakes DE Jarrett Johnson
- (22) Cy Falls LB Otaro Alaka
- (29) Dallas Skyline CB Cedric Collins - Aggie commit
- (30) Klein Oak LB Josh Mabin
- (32) Texas City WR Armanti Foreman - OU commit
- (34) Newton RB Kevin Shorter
- (38) North Forney ATH Armani Watts
- (46) Brenham OL Austin Schlottman
- (47) Spring ATH Darius Lee-Campbell
- (N/A) Houston Lamar OL Braylon Hyder
- (N/A) Southlake Carroll OL Evan Brown
- (N/A) San Antonio East Central QB Jeremy Jones
- (N/A) Klein Oak DE Ja'Von Shelley
- John Curtis (Louisiana) CB Terrence Alexander
- Oklahoma City Millwood (Oklahoma) WR Cameron Batson
Dylan Sumner-Gardner got the ball rolling and was the first commitment of the day. The consensus four-star safety had been thought to be an Aggie lean after decommitting from Clemson in January. DSG chose the Ags over roughly a dozen other programs, including Oklahoma and Texas, who offered at their junior day last weekend.
North Forney athlete Armani Watts was the next domino to fall. Watts plays both sides of the ball for the Falcons but is being recruited to play cornerback for the Aggies. He chose to play in the SEC over Big 12 programs Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor; who all offered in the past few weeks.
The biggest guy to jump on board (literally) was Nederland defensive tackle DeShawn Washington
. The 6'3" 275-pound Washington is the best DT in Texas for 2014 and marked Kevin Sumlin's 2nd head to head victory over Mack Brown
on the day, and 3rd over Bob Stoops.
The Aggie staff also extended offers to Cy Falls LB Otaro Alaka and Newton RB Kevin Shorter on Saturday. They jumped to the top of Shorter's list and are included in a top three for Alaka, including LSU and Texas. The only two outstanding offers with the other visitors are with Katy Seven Lakes DE Jarrett Johnson, who now has the Aggies listed at the top with Texas; and Oklahoma commit Armanti Foreman.
The Ags now have ten commitments for 2014 and are listed as the #1 school in the nation by 247Sports' Composite Rankings.