Top Targets on Aggies 2016 Recruiting Board

Sumlin and staff are on the heels of a recruiting surge that saw five 2016 recruits pledge their commitment to Texas A&M in just over a week. At this time, the Aggies have 14 verbal commitments for the 2016 class; 8 on offense, 5 on defense, and 1 special teams player. For a full list, click below.

2016 Recruiting Class

As the coaching staff moves forward, certain position groups have either been completely filled or are close to maxing out while other areas still need their attention and work.

Quarterback
Current Commits: None
Top Targets: Dillon Sterling-Cole, Nick Starkel (OSU)

Overview: With Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray, and Jake Hubenak competing for the starting spot, the Aggies have great talent and depth for several years to come. If both DSC and Starkel choose to commit elsewhere, Texas A&M could forgo recruiting a quarterback for the 2016 class.

Running Back
Current Commits: None
Top Targets: Devwah Whaley, Trevor Speights, D’Vaughn Pennamon

Overview: The Aggies will graduate Tra Carson and Brandon Williams following the 2015 season and will be looking for two commits to fill their scholarship spots. However, James White, Jay Bradford, Kendall Bussey, and Keith Ford all return for 2016 allowing Sumlin the flexibility to only take one back if needed.

Wide Receiver
Current Commits: Kendrick Rogers, Quartney Davis
Top Targets: Tren’Davian Dickson, Tyrie Cleveland, N’keal Harry, Tre Nixon, Devin Duverney

Overview: Unlike the past 3 seasons, the Aggies could end up without a 5-star wide-receiver in the 2016 recruiting class. Rogers and Davis are both impressive 3-star recruits with plenty of upside. And with the coaches holding two tight-end commitments, they will likely take one more wide receiver and shut it down.

Tight End
Current Commits: Zarrian Holcombe, Irvin Smith
Top Targets: None

Overview: The Aggies gaining commitments from two tight-ends is nothing short of puzzling. Just look back at Cam Clear the past two seasons where he only tallied 76 yards on 9 receptions in total. Put bluntly, he never saw the field. With Jordan Davis signing last year and Holcombe and Smith on board for 2016, we are likely seeing the influence of Dave Christenson on staff and his more physical offensive approach.

Offensive Line
Current Commits: Gregory Little, Austin Anderson, Riley Anderson, Colton Prater
Top Targets: Jean Delance, Bryce Mathews, Patrick Hudson (Baylor)

Overview: Recruiting for the 2016 offensive line is all but finished. The Aggies could take one more and will continue to recruit their top remaining targets for safe measure. After all, Greg Little is the nation’s top recruit and has been enjoying the process of recruiting visits despite his commitment to A&M. Should he or another lineman decommit, the coaching staff will want to be ready to fill that opening.

Defensive Line
Current Commits: Mark Jackson, Alton Robinson
Top Targets: Isaiah Chambers, Justin Madubuike, Willie Baker, McTelvin Agim, Chris Daniels, Ross Blacklock, Jordan Elliott, Nick McCann

Overview:  With Mark Jackson and Alton Robinson on board, A&M boasts two of the most dynamic rush specialists in the state. Landing Chambers or Madubuike would shore up the strong side of the defense. Meanwhile the coaches can take either one or two defensive tackles in this cycle with Daniels, Blacklock, Elliott, or McCann all very capable prospects.

Linebackers
Current Commits: Tyrel Dodson
Top Targets: Dontavious Jackson, Keion Joyner, Michael Divinity, Jeffrey McCulloch, Camilo Eifler, Sewo Olonilua (TCU)

Overview:  New defensive coordinator and linebackers coach John Chavis is having a clear impact on the recruiting trail so far. In the 2015 recruiting class, the Aggies hauled in 5 linebackers but none had a ranking higher than 3-stars. So far in the 2016 recruiting cycle the Aggies have already landed one of the nation’s top middle linebackers in Tyrel Dodson from Tennessee. They are also in play for 5-star Keion Joyner from North Carolina and 4-star Michael Divinity out of Louisiana. We’re already seeing that some of the nation’s best want to play for The Chief.

Cornerback
Current Commits: Travon Fuller, Charles Oliver
Top Targets: Byron Murphy, Kristian Fulton, “Greedy” Williams, Jaylon Jones, Eric Monroe

Overview: Recruiting misses at the cornerback position are starting to catch up with the Aggies. In a move of brilliance desperation, the coaching staff has gone so far as to move RB Brandon Williams to play cornerback, a position he’s never played. Hopefully, the move pays off and he becomes a bona fide starter. But this decision is the direct consequence of Bama stealing away Kendall Sheffield, Tony Brown, Maurice Smith away from the state of Texas three years straight.

Safety
Current Commits: None
Top Targets: Brandon Jones, Deontay Anderson, Moses Reynolds, Jaylon Jones

Overview: Unlike cornerback, the safety position is one of the more established groups on the defense. The Aggies return future stars in Armani Watts and Donovan Wilson. Add in JUCO standout Justin Evans, freshman phenom Justin Dunning, and senior leadership of Devonta Burns and Sam Moeller, and the Aggies are sitting in a very good spot. 5-star Brandon Jones looks to be a lock. And if Deontay Anderson commits elsewhere, the Aggies will push for Moses Reynolds, Josh Reynolds younger brother.

Kicker/Punter
Current Commits: Braden Mann
Top Targets: None

Overview: Listed as the 2nd best kicker and 3rd best punter in the nation, Braden Mann gives the Aggies a versatile and formidable specialist. He will have the opportunity to replace senior Drew Kaser next season and compete with freshman Daniel LaCamera for kicking duties.

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