Beaverton, Oregon – The Opening at Nike's World Headquarters was the preeminent recruiting event for 2013 and featured 161 of the top recruits in the country. Several players being recruited by Texas A&M were on-hand. SB Nation recruiting specialists Bud Elliott and Wescott Eberts posted lots of great content from the four-day competition, including interviews and analysis. This post is geared toward Aggies who want to learn more about our targets and commitments, but if you're a recruitnik be sure to check out the complete national coverage.
Kyle Allen, quarterback commit
The Elite 11 Quarterback Competition was part of The Opening and Texas Aggie commit Kyle Allen of Scottsdale, AZ finished 2nd place. Bud Elliott, who noted that Allen was the best QB he saw on the summer camp circuit, asked Trent Dilfer about his impressions of the young signal caller.
"Kyle has been incredibly consistent," Dilfer said. "He does a great job of playing in the moment, and getting to know the kid a bunch, that's something he had to overcome. He used to be really hard on himself, and he's really found a unique way to let it go. That's why he doesn't compound mistakes. He's very pliable in his learning."
In an interview with Wescott Eberts, Kyle explained why he chose Texas A&M among other schools in his huge offer list. "I wanted a place where I could feel at home with a family atmosphere. When I was there I felt that more than any other place I've been to."
Armani Watts, defensive back commit
Two-way high school athlete Armani Watts committed to the Aggies as a safety on March 2nd. The four-star prospect, who was recruited by Clarence McKinney, chose Texas A&M over Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, and Clemson among others.
Wescott Eberts talked to Armani about his commitment to the Aggies. When asked if he was comfortable giving up his role as wide receiver to focus on defense Armani said, "I like defense better than offense. I like to hit people and change the game. Defense wins games."
Dylan Sumner-Gardner, safety commit
An elite prospect in the defensive backfield, Dylan Sumner-Gardner committed to Texas A&M on March 2nd. Sumner-Gardner was recruited by David Beaty and Marcel Yates and chose the Aggies over Texas, Oklahoma, and many others. In an interview with Wescott Eberts, Dylan said that Yates stood out more than any other position coaches.
On the move to the SEC, Sumner-Gardner said it didn't matter to him at first but he likes his potential as a hard-hitter for the Aggies. "Being able to play corner and safety, but coming out and laying that wood like a safety on runningbacks is gonna be a big game changer."
Tony Brown, cornerback prospect
A top defensive prospect for Texas A&M and a host of other schools, Tony Brown is a five-star athlete. The first-class track program at Texas A&M may factor into Brown's decision. At The Opening, Tony showed off his elite track speed by running a 4.35 40 and a 3.83 shuttle. His sister is a track athlete at LSU.
Wescott Eberts caught up with Tony to ask about his top schools. On Texas A&M, Tony said, "Their track program is awesome. They've won some ungodly number of national championships in both the girls' and boys' department. The football team is on the rise and, I mean, the sky's the limit."
Speedy Noil, wide receiver prospect
Besides living up to his name with his quickness, Speedy Noil also posted a 45.3-inch vertical leap at The Opening. Speedy won the SPARQ Rating National Championship which measures a player's overall athleticism.
Wescott Eberts asked Speedy what is appealing about Texas A&M. "They have a great team and a great quarterback. They have a former player that played for us last year, Noel Ellis. He talked to me about how the environment out there is and how he's doing right now. He said he's doing great. They're basically working hard out there."
Josh Frazier, defensive tackle prospect
A beast coming in at 6'4" and 323 pounds, Josh Frazier could not even wear the cleats all of the other recruits were raving about at The Opening. Because he wears size 18! Josh's top 5 consists of Arkansas, Alabama, USC, Auburn, and Texas A&M. Josh said to Bud Elliott that Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M are all equal right now.
On the Aggies, Josh told SB Nation, "Texas A&M, they're a team that's coming up. A really good team they had there last year. And lots of my family is really close to them." Note that his mom likes Texas A&M and Arkansas.
Jamal Adams, safety prospect
Five-star safety Jamal Adams rolled up his ankle early in The Opening but continued to compete. He is one of the top defensive prospects in the nation, and most believe that one of Florida, Texas A&M, or Texas will be his likely landing spot.
Jamal spoke to Wescott Eberts regarding his recruitment and he plans to make a decision before his senior season begins. Wescott asked Jamal what he likes about the Aggies and he said, "They're in the SEC and it's a school in Texas."