WR Frank Iheanacho (4-star recruit) – 6’7” 220lbs. – Houston, TX
Frank Iheanacho is a huge receiving target who has drawn comparisons to Mike Evans. Both players are over 6’5” and at least 220lbs. Also, both players were basketball stars that didn’t seriously start playing football until their senior year in high school. Consequently, they both figure to have their best football days ahead of them. The main difference is that Evans was only a 3 star prospect that received minimal attention entering college while Iheanacho has garnered 4-star status and is considered one of the top 100 prospects in the nation for 2014. He held offers from LSU, Oregon, Florida St, and Michigan St among others. But during the Army Bowl January 4, 2014 he announced his commitment to A&M.
A basketball standout throughout high school, Iheanacho believed he would get more opportunities in college if he played football. So as a 1 year starter his senior season, he amassed 622 yards on 42 receptions and 15 touchdowns. This was good for an average of 14.8 yards per catch. He went on to earn US Army All-American honors as well as First Team All-District. These honors and production on such limited experience had many of the top teams around the nation vying for the recruit’s commitment.
The jumbo target has excellent body control and ball skills. His hardwood background is evident as he is an outstanding leaper that high points the ball. Understandable, his route running could use work and that will come with more experience and good coaching. He will prove to be a lethal redzone target at the next level and a matchup nightmare for opposing defensive backs.
With A&M’s receiving corps filled with elite talent and loads of depth, the coaching staff may choose to redshirt Frank Iheanacho. Part of this should end up hinging on the health Ricky Seals-Jones who is coming off of a knee injury last season. The coaches held Seals-Jones from certain parts of spring camp as a precaution. However, if he is healthy there would probably be a logjam of tall, big, outside receivers. Sumlin and wide receivers coach David Beaty would be smart to create some separation with a redshirt and a full year of refining Iheanacho’s route running skills.