Texas A&M's 2014 Draft Class Shoots Up Class Rankings

By Tim Carroll
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It seems that ever since Johnny Manziel took the college football world by storm, the Texas A&M Aggies have been the hot new destination for high school football talent. The Aggies have finished better and better in recent years among anybody’s recruiting class rankings, and it is about at its peak this year.

Texas A&M has made the transition to college football’s best conference appear effortless as they finished the regular season third in the SEC West with a 6-2 conference record and, following a blowout of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, a no. 5 finish in the AP Poll.

The Aggies finished the 2013 recruiting class ranked 11th and eighth on Rivals’ and ESPN’s recruiting lists respectively. Both of these rankings are decent jumps from two season prior, in what now could be called the year 2010 B.M. (Before Manziel). Ever since he arrived, they have been raking in the talent like leaves on a fall afternoon.

Their 2014 class may be a class to be reckoned with, and they are ranked first and second on Rivals’ and ESPN’s recruiting lists respectively. This is due to the fact that they have been able to get increasingly better talent from their home state, which is consistently one of the top states in terms of the football talent they churn out.

All but one of the 13 committed players they have in the 2014 class are from Texas, with the exception being Pro Style quarterback Kyle Allen, who is from Arizona and is ranked as the top quarterback in the country by Rivals.  Among their Texas recruits, there is the top outside linebacker in the country according to Rivals and ESPN, Hoza Scott. There is also Dylan Summer-Gardner, who is among the top safeties in the nation.

Their draft class includes just four ESPN 150 recruits, including the three mentioned above, but the secondary talent that they have will almost definitely be starters by the time they are upperclassmen, and Texas A&M will likely be among the best teams in the country for seasons to come.

Tim Carroll is a Prep Sports Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Timbo_Slice00 and add him to your circle on Google.


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