The Aggies held their first summer camp this past weekend and it was a huge success. Several top players from the 2015 and 2016 class were in attendance and a couple of them walked away with a coveted scholarship offer. Another defensive recruit came very close to committing but chose to hold off for the time being. This upcoming weekend will be even bigger and is largely considered the most high profile camp A&M has ever held. There could be as many as ten 5-star recruits in attendance between the 2015 and 2016 class. Look for more offers to be made and possibly a YESSIR or two.
Below is a list of the offensive recruits for 2015 that A&M is targeting along with the ones that have already verbally committed (in bold). Later on, I will break down the defensive recruits.
Kyler Murray (5-star recruit) – 5’11" 170lbs. – Allen, TX
Ford Childress (3-star recruit) – 6’5" 210lbs. – Houston, TX
Texas A&M currently holds the commit of the top quarterback in the nation, Kyler Murray. This is especially impressive considering the young talent that is already on campus. However, look for the coaching staff to keep an eye out Ford Childress. The quarterback originally from Houston is transferring from West Virginia and has expressed an interest in enrolling at A&M next year. This would help provide depth to the quarterback position, something the Aggies desperately need.
Jay Bradford (4-star recruit) – 5’11" 190lbs. – Splendora, TX
Kirk Merritt (4-star recruit) – 6’0" 200lbs. – Destrehan, LA
Ronald Jones (4-star recruit) – 6’0" 185lbs. – McKinney, TX
At running back, the Ags are sitting solid right now with the commit of Jay Bradford. He is one of the top 5 running backs in Texas and a top 25 back in the nation. However, following the departure of Rodney Anderson, the coaching staff is still looking to bring in another back. The best possibility lies with Kirk Merritt, one of the best prospects out of Louisiana. Listed as an athlete, Kirk could play running back or wide receiver. The other possibility is Ronald Jones who is currently committed to Oklahoma St. He is considered the top running back in Texas and has expressed an interest in staying in state. The coaching staff is pushing hard to flip him.
Kemah Siverand (4-star recruit) – 6’1" 190lbs. – Cypress, TX
DeMarkus Lodge (5-star recruit) – 6’1" 175lbs. – Cedar Hill, TX
Christian Kirk (4-star recruit) – 5’10" 190lbs. – Scottsdale, AZ
Tyron Johnson (5-star recruit) – 6’2" 180lbs. – New Orleans, LA
For yet another year, the position group that has everyone most excited is wide receiver. The Aggies have already landed 3rd best receiver in Texas in Kemah Siverand. But he is only the 36th best receiver in the nation. The 3 receivers that could follow his commit include the #1 (Tyron Johnson), #3 (Christian Kirk), and #5 (DaMarkus Lodge) nationally rated receivers. DaMarkus Lodge has already announced his decision date for June 20th. He and fellow teammate Richard Moore are expected to choose the Aggies over Baylor and LSU. Christian Kirk seems to be an inevitable commit as two of his favorite quarterbacks are already Aggies (Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen). Tyron Johnson is the wildcard. The Aggies already stole 5-star receiver Speedy Noil out of LSU’s backyard last year. The Tigers are going to work tirelessly to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Jordan Davis (4-star recruit) – 6’4" 250lbs. – Houston, TX
Coach Sumlin and staff landed the 2nd best tight end in the nation with the commit of Jordan Davis. The 4-star Texas product will bring a dimension to the Aggies offense that has been missing since Martellus Bennet declared for the NFL Draft.
Trevor Elbert (4-star recruit) – 6’6" 292lbs. – Rockwall, TX
Connor Lanfear (3-star recruit) – 6’6" 270lbs. – Buda, TX
Keenan Walker (4-star recruit) – 6’5" 265lbs. – Chaparrall, AZ
Keaton Sutherland (4-star recruit) – 6’5" 260lbs. – Flower Mound, TX
Josh Wariboko (4-star recruit) – 6’4" 280lbs. – Oklahoma City, OK
The Aggies have already received commits from two of the state’s top lineman. Trevor Elbert is listed as the 3rd best offensive tackle in Texas and the 20th best tackle in the nation. Connor Lanfear is the 6th best tackle in Texas and checks in at 35 overall. The coaching staff have their eyes on several other top prospects around the nation. First, Keenan Walker is the top tackle in Arizona and the 18th best in the nation. He is a heavy Aggie lean and would continue the strong pipeline of Arizona recruits to Texas A&M. Keaton Sutherland is an interesting prospect and has long been expected to choose Arkansas over Texas A&M and Ole Miss. However, he announced today that he would make an unofficial visit to A&M on Thursday and Friday this week. Getting him on campus is huge and could go a long way in getting the 4th best tackle in Texas to commit to the Ags. Finally, there is Josh Wariboko who decommitted from OU. Although they are still in the running, he recently spoke rather highly of the Aggies, "The program’s coming up; it’s on the rise." Should the coaching staff miss on Walker or Sutherland, Wariboko would be a huge coup. He is the 3rd best guard in the nation and the top lineman out of Oklahoma.