All things considered, the Texas A&M Aggies had a pretty drama-free Early National Signing Day. The vast majority of commits had their letters of intent faxed in before 10 a.m., there were no de-commits, and A&M snagged one additional recruit when they flipped four-star defensive end Derick Hunter from Florida State. And today, the Aggies completed their slew of 23 early signees when they received the fax from Dickinson Tight End Jalen Wydermyer.
It’s official I’m apart Gig ‘Em Gang I cant wait to get started ‼️ pic.twitter.com/6XOVel1FUE— Jalenwydermyer (@Wydermyer81) December 20, 2018
The class maintained their #3 ranking (both nationally and in the SEC), and the current signed class looks like this:
- 2 five-star recruits, 10 four-star recruits and 11 three-star recruits
- 10 on offense, 12 on defense, 1 on special teams
- 15 players from Texas, two each from Florida and Georgia, and one each from Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Virginia
Based on what we know, things will likely settle down for a while. A&M has two more unsigned commits, A&M Consolidated DT Josh Ellison and Katy Taylor DE Braedon Mowry, both four-star recruits, and both expected to wait until February to sign. Beyond that, the Aggies will likely have room for one more recruit, potentially two, depending on who you ask. Who might those recruits be?
Banks is a former LSU pledge (committed in June, decommited in October), and will announce his new commitment on Jan. 4. Currently A&M has 100 percent of the crystal ball predictions on 247 Sports. He is a four-star recruit, ranked 26th in Texas and 21st at his position. Banks, combined with cornerback signees Erick Young and Elijah Blades and safeties Brian Williams and Demani Richardson, would only add to what is the best secondary recruiting haul in recent memory in Aggieland.
Shepherd has been committed to the University of Texas since late July, but has seemingly flirted equally with the Aggies and Longhorns programs ever since. Most notably, he postponed his signing, originally scheduled for Dec. 19, until National Signing Day in February. Most experts believe this is a head-to-head battle between A&M and Texas for his services. Both schools have needs on the offensive line that a four-star recruit like Shepherd could help address, plus whichever school secures his signature will likely have some chest-puffing fans for a few days as well.
Beyond these top two recruits, things get hazy. Guys like Sugarland Dulles athlete Ainias Smith and Florida receiver T.J. Jones are on A&M’s radar, but neither is a sure-fire take, especially if they land one of the recruits mentioned above.
As weird as it is to day in mid-December, there doesn’t seem like there is much recruiting drama left to be had for A&M in the 2019 class. Just fill your last couple of spots and then it’s time to move on to more important things. What? Spring Football? Offseason conditioning? Prepping for Clemson? No. I’m talking about something much more interesting...
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