On Monday, we previewed the 2015 offensive recruits reporting for their 1st day of summer prep. Click below if you missed it and want to catch up.
Today, we look at the defensive recruits. Early enrollees Richard Moore, Claude George, and Justin Evans have been on campus since January and have a step up on the competition after going through spring camp. Below is a preview of the defensive recruits who will be joining them.
DE James Lockhart (4-star recruit) – 6’3” 260lbs. – Ennis, TX
In 2013, Sumlin went out and got the top defensive end in the state. In 2014, Sumlin went out and got the top defensive end in the state. And in 2015, you guessed it; Sumlin went out and got the top defensive end in the state. Daeshon Hall, Myles Garrett, and James Lockhart are now all on campus and ready to wreak havoc on SEC quarterbacks.
DT Daylon Mack (5-star recruit) – 6’1” 310lbs. – Ennis, TX
If you’re not pumped about Daylon Mack getting inserted into an already stout defensive line, you might need to check your pulse. Mack will be a game one contributor and is already showing that he’s SEC ready.
DT Kingsley Keke (3-star recruit) – 6’3” 290lbs. – Richmond, TX
Another ‘Texas lean’ that ended up choosing the Aggies, Keke gives the Aggies a big body to rotate in the trenches. Keke plays with great pad level and has a solid burst off of the line. His size and skill make him a versatile recruit who can play either nosetackle or 3-technique.
LB Landis Durham (3-star recruit) – 6’2” 230lbs. – Plano, TX
It will be very interesting to see which position Landis Durham ends up playing. Although recruited as a linebacker, he spent most of his time in high school as a defensive end. He is very rangy and mobile, but given the depth in front of him at both outside linebacker and defensive end, he is a likely redshirt candidate.
LB Riley Garner (3-star recruit) – 6’3” 215lbs. – College Station, TX
Lightly recruited linebacker, Riley Garner, highlights the coaching staffs recruiting approach this past year; quantity over quality. Yes, quality and quantity would have been preferred. But with Malik Jefferson choosing Texas, Leo Lewis sticking with Mississippi State, and Ricky DeBerry heading to Oklahoma, their options were limited. Garner missed his senior season due to injury and will likely redshirt in 2015. Hopefully, he will find a way to factor into the depth chart down the line.
LB Dwaine Thomas (3-star recruit) – 6’2” 220lbs. – Bouette, LA
Hand-picked by John Chavis himself, Thomas was the last addition to this linebacker corps. He is explosive and fits the mold of the prototypical linebacker Chavis recruited at LSU. Minus the early enrollee linebackers, Richard Moore and Claude George, the other linebacker that has a chance to factor into the two-deep this upcoming season is Dwaine Thomas.
CB Deshawn Capers-Smith (3-star recruit) – 6’0” 180lbs. – New Orleans, LA
Mr. Louisiana Football and Gatorade Player of the year, Capers-Smith plays much bigger than his size. Just in the 2014 season, Capers-Smith threw for 3,722 yards and 45 touchdowns. Additionally, he showcased his speed with 1,106 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. At A&M, he will transition from quarterback to cornerback where he’ll hopefully continue to be a human highlight reel.
CB Roney Elam (4-star recruit) – 6’3” 170lbs. – Newton, TX
He’s got the size and skill to make an immediate impact. And boy do the Ags need all the help they can get at cornerback. With De’Vante Harris locking down one starting spot, the other side is still very wide open. Neither Nick Harvey or Victor Davis separated themselves in Spring camp prompting the coaching staff to move RB Brandon Williams to that side of the ball. All hands on deck and Elam’s arrival is just in time.
S Larry Pryor (4-star recruit) – 5’11” 192lbs. – Sulphur Springs, TX
While the cornerback position is filled with question marks, the safety position has emerged as a strength for this young defense. Donovan Wilson and Armani Watts are going to be stars, JUCO transfer Justin Evans may have earned himself a starting spot, and seniors Devonta Burns and Sam Moeller provide the team with veteran depth. Pryor is one of the most talented safety’s the Aggies have ever landed. And yet, the coaches will have the luxury to redshirt him.
S Justin Dunning (4-star recruit) – 6’3” 190lbs. – Whitehouse, TX
Not to be outdone, Justin Dunning is the highest rated safety A&M has ever gotten in the recruiting service era. Were it not for a left knee injury his junior season, Dunning could have been rated a 5-star. He showcased his talents last summer at the highest level, The Opening. There he snagged a tournament-high 6 interceptions against some of the best quarterbacks in the country.
K Daniel LaCamera (2-star recruit) – 6’4” 225lbs. – Tarpon Springs, FL
Josh Lambo is gone to the NFL and the Aggies will look to a new person for placekicking duties. Senior Taylor Bertolet is the front runner to win the job, but you can’t count out a guy who can hit a 68-yarder.