We continue our recruiting series that highlights the top recruiting targets the A&M coaching staff is still looking to land in 2015. There are 6-8 spots left and several elite prospects in the fold. Yesterday, we covered 5-star linebacker Malik Jefferson.
Coach Sumlin and staff have made it a priority to increase the depth and talent at defensive back since arriving in College Station. In 2013, they recruited blue chips Tavares Garner and Noel Ellis while also adding speedster Alex Sezer. Nick Harvey was the lone defensive back recruited in 2014, but has shown his merit already given the ample playing time he has received. Finally, with Deshawn Capers-Smith and Roney Elam already committed for 2015, the coaching staff may be looking to bring on only one more defensive back.
While all those prior recruits have increased the profile of this position group, none have been as talented or highly rated as Kendall Sheffield. The 5-star defensive back is listed as the 5th best player in Texas and the 43rd best player in the nation. He operates at an elite level in coverage utilizing his top-end speed (4.4 second 40-yard dash) and his acceleration to shut down opponents. The other area that especially impresses is his leaping ability. Sheffield has a natural instinct on when to high point the ball and uses his 41.7 inch vertical to his advantage.
Recently, Taylor Hamm of 247 was asked if the 4-0 (now 5-0) record for A&M has made an impression on any recruit in particular. “I feel like A&M has made the most progress with Sheffield,” Taylor said. “I’m very confident, I always have been, but it would be a HUGE shock to me if he ends up anywhere besides A&M at this point.” Sheffield has always made it clear that he wants to see other programs and take advantage of his official visits. But when it comes time to commit, most expect him to call College Station home.