So the question remains, how many players can the Aggies sign for the class of 2007? We here at the 12thfan.com are going to break down the numbers crunch and the players to watch for the class of 2007.
Currently on roster the Aggies have a very small number of seniors on the roster, so it is highly unlikely that the Aggies will sign the full compliment of 25. In fact, with only around 12 or so seniors on scholarship numbers could be exceptionally low. There is the likelihood that a few players will transfer, leave early for the NFL or give up football all together, the number of signees looks to fall somewhere between 17-18.
Breakdown: Stephen McGee has taken the reigns at A&M and claimed the starting spot, but after that the A&M quarterback situation is spotty at best. After not signing a quarterback in the class of 2006 and the limited scholarship numbers for 2007, this may be the most fragile situation for the Aggie staff to evaluate. They can only afford to sign one quarterback so they'll have to make it count. Mallett will be the top target here, but the Aggies odds of landing Mallet are not good as it looks to come down to the Horns and Arkansas for his services. Kinne may be the next guy on the board, but with his father holding a position on the Baylor coaching staff it's hard to imagine him not going to Baylor and even if he doesn't it will likely be for a place like Alabama, not an in-state rival. The two guys to really keep an eye on here are John Chiles and Jaret Lee. Chiles already has an offer and Lee is likely close to one. Lee attended A&M's junior day and is likely the leading candidate to fill this position.
Candidates: McAllen Memorial's Bradley Stephens, Garland's Johnny Wooten, Tatum's Lennon Creer, Spring Woods Marcus Mendoza, Pflugerville Hendrickson's Joseph Reese, Waller's Colton Johnson and Pearland's Foswhitt Whitaker.
Breakdown: With offers already out to Stephens, Wooten, Creer and Reese, it appears that the Aggies are trying to wrap the position up early. After signing three running backs in the class of 2006 (Shankle will likely be used as a wide receiver), the need is not huge. However, depth at running back is something that every team must have and with small numbers the Aggies want a homerun hitter in this class. Stephens and Reese are the top two targets. Both prospects are being nationally recruited and will give the Aggies a strong look.
Candidates: Irving's Dante Pinchback, San Antonio Churchill's Ian Harris, Brenham's Ahmad Howard and Conroe's Byron Mitchell.
This is once again, not a position of huge need, but since the Aggies did not ink a tight end in the 2006 class and only one in the 2005 class they need to add depth at the position. Pinchback is the top guy on everyone's board, however, some schools will give a long look at beefing him up and moving him inside. Ian Harris could get a strong look from the Aggies and don't shocked if they shop around outside of the state as well.
Candidates: Hempstead's Terrance Toliver, Lufkin's Dez Bryant, Gilmer's Curtis Brown, Garland's Malcolm Williams, Cedar Hill's Romie Blaylock, Round Rock's James Kirkendoll, Mount Pleasant's Kelvin Cheatum and Houston Jersey Village's Desmon Marrs.
Breakdown: Toliver, Brown and Williams all already have offers from the Aggies and are the top targets. Texas A&M signed a solid crop at the position last year, but need a couple of game breakers in their offense and with a good group in-state look for the Aggies to sign two, even in a year where they'll have to be stingy with scholarships.
Candidates: South Grand Prarie's Tray Allen, Aledo's Kyle Hix, Brownsboro's Lonnie Edwards, John Tyler's Marquis Franklin, Newman Smith's Nic Pozderac, Austin Westlake's Matt Nader, Bryan's Evan Eike, Houston Lamar's Jarvis Jones and Dallas Skyline's Terrell Williams.
Breakdown: If there is one position of need for the Aggies its along the offensive line. The state of Texas has a number of very good offensive lineman in the class of 2007 and Fran and staff will attempt to take advantage of the talent. Allen, Hix and Nader all already hold offers from the Aggies. Allen is going to be a national recruit and will have offers from the entire country before all is said and done. He has also named the Aggies as his early leader. If Eike is offered he'll be a likely candidate to grab one of the spots as well being a hometown product.
Breakdown: The Aggies loaded up at linebacker in the class of 2006, but depth at the linebacker position is a must and the Aggies will want to sign a top of the line guy at the position. Jones and Robinson will be the apple of everyone's eye, but the other prospects all fit the bill of being able to play big time college football as well.
Breakdown: Jones is the state's top defensive lineman, but the others are not far behind. The Aggies will look to for one defensive end and one defensive tackle for the class of 2007. Each of these guys is big time and signing any combination of them would be a tremendous boost for Texas A&M.
At this point it appears as though there is not a plethora of true cornerbacks in the state this year, in a year where the Aggies need some at the position. The secondary has been the thorn in the side of the Aggie defense under Franchione's tenure and they'll be looking to add top notch talent at the position right away. Thomas is the state's best pure cover corner and Hunter already has an offer from the Aggies. Some consider Hunter a running back, but with his 5-foot-9 height and the depth across the state at running back this year, he will have a lot of schools chasing after him as a running back.
Candidates: John Tyler's Tekerrien Cuba, La Marque's James Thomas, Pearland's Sam Proctor, Houston Furr's Ervin Jefferson, South Garland's T.J. Johnson, Aldine's Curtis Thomas and Pflugerville's Reggie Madu.
Breakdown: The Aggies typically like to recruit guys who could be a safety or who could be beefed up and make a move to linebacker. Cuba appears to be the top player in the state at the position, with Curtis Thomas close behind. Like cornerback, the Aggies need to sign two at the position and need not only depth, but players who can come in and contribute to a secondary that was among the worst in college football in 2005.