Class of 2013 - Player Evaluations (11-20)

The Texas Aggie football program signed a total of 32 high school and JUCO prospects in the class of 2013. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop rates and evaluates every player in the class. In installment two, he analyzes prospects 11-20.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M football staff had a very successful Signing Day 2013 with Scout.com rating this year's class as the sixth best in the nation. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop provides an in-depth evaluation and rating of each signee, including the eight mid-term signees from December. The evaluation score is based on a 100 point scale with the following criteria:


95-100 Franchise caliber prospect; potential all-American w/ expected development

90-94 All-SEC potential prospect w/ expected development

85-89 Quick contributor and eventual starter w/ expected development

80-84 Contributor and potential starter over time w/ expected development

75-79 Contributor and potential starter over time w/ significant development


In his second installment of player evaluations, David Sandhop looks at the top 11-20 prospects in the 2013 Texas A&M recruiting class. Aggie Websider will be releasing evaluations of the rest of the class throughout the day.


Cameron Clear – Tight End

Evaluation score: 87
A&M Class Rank: 11


Strengths: huge frame, blocking, athleticism


Hop's Take: Clear was set to be the starter at Tennessee last year but needed a change of scenery and transferred. At 6-foot-6, 270+ lbs and his excellent blocking ability, he could double as an offensive tackle, but the staff likes his ability to stretch the field as a pass catcher. He's already getting rave reviews in the off-season workout program. I'm told he has an NFL body. He wasn't used much in the passing game at Arizona Western last season, so there will be some questions about his hands that will be answered in the spring.



Jordan Mastrogiovanni – Linebacker

Evaluation score: 87
A&M Class Rank: 12


Biggest Strengths: naturally big, good closing speed to the ball, big hitter


Hop's Take: By next fall, Jordan should be weighing in the 245-250 lb. range. A&M hasn't had that type of physical presence in the middle in years. But it's his closing speed on the ball that separates him from other big, middle linebackers and that's where he might have the edge at the Mike position going into the fall. He's also a big hitter and a sure tackler.



Noel Ellis – Cornerback

Evaluation score: 86
A&M Class Rank: 13


Strengths: technique, good pure cover corner


Hop's Take: He'll come into the program much like Devante Harris did in 2012 with great one-on-one coverage skills and plenty of speed. However, Noel will have to deal with the physicality of the SEC and he's undersized at the moment. The questions surrounding his weight and thickness needed in effective run support will be the only limiting factor in the New Orleans native earning playing time as a freshman. If he shows the staff he can come up and make the stop in run support, he'll see action. He's simply too good in coverage.



Hardreck Walker – Defensive Tackle

Evaluation score: 86
A&M Class Rank: 14


Strengths: Strong, powerful, run stopper


Hop's Take: Walker is a grinder. He's the guy that gets dirty making plays in the trenches. He can bust a double team and make the stop at the line of scrimmage. He's not as explosive off the line like his other two counterparts in this class, but he's probably the most consistent run stuffer at the point of attack. As with the others in this class, he's not lengthy, but makes up for it with raw power and strength.



Jeremy Tabuyo – Slot Receiver

Evaluation score: 86
A&M Class Rank: 15


Strengths: breakaway sub-4.4 speed, route running, hands


Hop's Take: Jeremy is simply a good technical receiver. He catches anything that's close to him, he's a great route runner and understands windows of opportunity on the field, and he's the fastest athlete in Hawaii consistently running sub-4.4 forty times even after a knee injury in 2011. He also has pretty good size at nearly 6-foot. Wait, I just described Ryan Swope. That's a very good comparison, and one that A&M fans will take I'm sure.



Brett Wade – Linebacker

Evaluation score: 86
A&M Class Rank: 16


Strengths: good instincts, excellent closing speed to the ball, consistent


Hop's Take: I'll be the first to say that I did not have Brett highly rated when I first saw his highlights from his junior season. However, after watching his senior highlights, I saw a very efficient and consistent linebacker in on most plays. He's deceptively quick to the ball when running downhill to the line of scrimmage, and he showed the ability to shoot the gaps and make plays in the backfield. He's a mid-term guy, so he has a good chance to be on the field in 2013. Reports have surfaced that he's already over 230 pounds in the offseason workout program.



Kenny Hill – Quarterback

Evaluation score: 86
A&M Class Rank: 17


Strengths: productive in highly advanced offensive scheme in high school, winner, accurate passer


Hop's Take: I mean really. Can a college team go wrong signing a Southlake Carroll quarterback? It's such an advanced system and the Dragons play some of the best high school teams every year. If you are a multi-year starter at QB for Southlake that puts up incredible passing and rushing numbers, wins a state championship, and shows the kind if accuracy that Hill showed in his high school career, you take him and feel lucky you have one of the most advanced and knowledgeable QB's in the high school ranks. He's not as elusive as recent A&M QB's, but he can leave the pocket and gain yardage. Still, he will be more of a pure drop-back style signal caller.



Ishmael Wilson – Offensive Line

Evaluation score: 85
A&M Class Rank: 18


Strengths: athletic, good footwork, powerful


Hop's Take: If and when Wilson locks into his man, he wins and wins big. He's extremely powerful, and when you add in his footwork, that's why he's considered one of the top three offensive linemen in the state this year. Now, when I watch him I keep going back and forth whether he's a guard or tackle at the next level. He's about 6-foot-4+, and I'm not sure he has the optimal length and reach for high D-1 college tackle, but he definitely has the footwork to play on the edge. I do think he tends to get in front of his feet and leans into his blocks in drive blocking situations. That's correctable, but something to note.



Quiv Gonzalez – Slot Receiver

Evaluation score: 85
A&M Class Rank: 19


Strengths: speed and quick, more speed


Hop's Take: It's no secret why Coach Sumlin offered Gonzalez early in the process. This kid can move and he gets up to top speed almost instantaneously. Get the ball to this kid in space and watch him go. There's not a faster football player in pads in the state of Texas this year. His hands are average and that's one area of improvement needed. He's also tiny at approximately 150 pounds. He would be carrying the load at slot anytime soon, but that's not his expected role. He's a guy that will get 3-4 touches a game from every angle on the field to find him space like reverses, trick plays, and quick passes in the flat where he can let it out and use that rare acceleration and speed. He's not going to be a consistent 8 catch, 120 yards traditional receiver.



Reggie Chevis – Linebacker

Evaluation score: 84
A&M Class Rank: 20


Strengths: big, athletic, explosive


Hop's Take: Reggie is another one of those big, athletic Mike linebackers that A&M hasn't had on the field much since the Slocum era. Chevis is raw and he will make some mistakes on the football field early in his career, but the athleticism, size, and upside were simply too high for the staff to turn down last spring. He could develop into the most dynamic linebackers in this recruiting class, or he could struggle to adjust to high D-1 ball after a high school career at Sharpstown where the competition wasn't at a high level week-to-week.

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