Inside Look: Secondary

As A&M enters the offseason, there are several factors that will shape how this team will look next year; departing juniors and seniors, incoming recruits, and returning starters. We will highlight each defensive position group leading up to National Signing Day. So far, we have previewed the Defensive Line and Linebackers.

Perhaps the biggest unknown heading into the 2015 season is the secondary. The Aggies lose two starters and one major contributor to graduation. Furthermore, recruiting misses over the last several seasons leave the Aggies with a very thin depth chart. The incoming recruiting class will be expected to contribute immediately and may even land one of the vacant starting spots.

DB - Recruiting
DB - Scholarships
Key

Departing Starters/Major Contributors
CB Deshazor Everett (Graduated)
S Howard Matthews(Graduated)
S Floyd Raven (Graduate)

Returning Starters/Major Contributors
CB De’Vante Harris (Senior)
CB Nick Harvey (Sophomore)
S Donovan Wilson (Sophomore)
S Armani Watts (Sophomore)

Redshirted Players
CB Noel Ellis (Sophomore)

Current Commits
CB Deshawn Capers-Smith (4-star recruit)
CB Roney Elam (4-star recruit)
S Justin Dunning (4-star recruit)
S Justin Evans (4-star recruit)
S Larry Pryor (4-star recruit)

Prospective Recruits
CB Kendall Sheffield (5-star recruit)
CB Kris Boyd (4-star recruit)
CB Holton Hill (4-star recruit)
CB Justin Martin (4-star recruit)

Way too early projected starters
CB De’Vante Harris (Senior)
CB Nick Harvey (Sophomore)
S Justin Evans (Junior)
S Armani Watts (Sophomore)

Aside from the Kyler Murray Saga, Aggie secondary recruiting could provide the most last minute drama. Uncommitted Texas targets Kris Boyd and Holton Hill both announce this Friday and rumor is that they want to play together. Former Gilmer teammate and current Aggie, Josh Walker, did his best to convince Boyd to join the Aggies. Was it enough to win over Holton Hill as well?

Additionally, the Aggies are hoping to flip a couple players currently committed to Alabama and Tennessee, respectively. The top cornerback in Texas, Kendall Sheffield, shocked the nation at the Under Armour game when he picked Bama over the Aggies. Texas A&M is frantically trying to make up lost ground on the 5-star prospect. Justin Martin, a Tennessee commit, gave the Aggies one of his final official visits on January 16th.

Not only will there be plenty of fresh faces in the secondary, but there should be a fresh scheme as well. New defensive coordinator, John Chavis, is known for using press corners and employing multiple looks with his safeties. Since becoming LSU’s defensive coordinator in 2009, Chavis has fielded a defense that has only given up 308.4 yards on average, good for 12th nationally. He will be counting on the veterans as well as the incoming recruits to not miss a beat in his transition to A&M.

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