Aggie Websider 2008 Recruiting Awards

Now that all of the LOI's have been signed and faxed, it's time to release the 2008 edition of the Aggie Websider Recruiting Awards, highlighting the talents and potential of the recently signed class and what can be expected from this group in the coming years.

Best Offensive Recruit:

TIE

Jeffrey Fuller
Cyrus Gray

What can you say about Fuller and Gray. Gray is arguably the best overall athlete in the state with the versatility to play any skill position on offense and the pure speed to be a game breaker. Fuller is already on-campus and his testing numbers were already at the top of the returning receiver corps, including the biggest hands on the team.


Best Defensive Recruit:

Rod Davis

The Aggies are desperate for interior defensive line help, and Davis is one of the best in Texas. He was heavily pursued until the end by Florida and Texas. He'll need to work hard to get ready in the offseason, but he'll be asked to contribute immediately.


Immediate Impact Recruit:

Jeff Fuller

The Aggies need playmakers at receiver with the new emphasis on the passing game. The lack of go-to targets the past two seasons has hurt the offense. Fuller is arguably the most highly-touted receiver prospect at A&M going back to the Slocum era, and he will have an offseason and spring practice to prepare for immediate playing time.


Biggest Sleeper Recruit:

Ricky Cavanaugh

Were there any old-timers out there tearing up when you watched Cavanaugh's video that reminded you of the classic Wrecking Crew days with Aaron Wallace, John Roper, and Marcus Buckley wreaking havoc on quarterbacks off the edge? Well, I did. It's amazing that a playmaker with 23 sacks in his senior season alone was still available in mid-January.


Honorable Mention Sleeper Recruits:

Josh Ayers
Andrew Wolridge
K.J. Williams


Most Likely to Contribute as a Freshman:

Jeff Fuller
K.J. Williams
Cyrus Gray
Matt Moss
Rod Davis
Kyle Mangan
Andrew Wolridge

Some are on this list because they may be too good to keep off the field. Others are candidates for freshman playing time out of necessity. Someone like K.J. Williams could see playing time because he's that good and there's a big need at tight end after the early departure of Martellus Bennett. If Williams clears the remaining academic hurdles, which seems plausible at this point, he could be a factor in 2008.


Most Important Recruit:

Cyrus Gray

Other than the fact that the new staff had Gray rated as their top running back prospect and he'l l come in as possibly the fastest back on the team, strategically this was an important win for Sherman. It showed he can go out and close the deal with a high profile recruit. Plus, it shows that he can go into the Metroplex and re-establish the Aggies as a major presence in the area, something he's mention several times is a top priority for him.


Biggest Miss:

Markelle Martin

Martin was a long-time commit, and a very good cornerback who spurned A&M for OU and then Oklahoma State. The Aggies will be desperately thin at the position after next year, and in a class very light on quality corners in the state, losing Martin was a big blow. The staff rebounded with signing the Katy duo, but they also passed on Jordan Fields after some off-the-field issues.


Longest Committed Recruit:

Kyle Mangan (1/27/07)

In a class that filled up early, none were earlier than Brenham's Kyle Mangan who originally committed as a linebacker but recently has agreed to switch to fullback/H-back that should get him on the field as a freshman.


Last Class Signee:

Rod Davis (7:35 pm, 2/6)

The Aggies had to wait a few more hours to close out the 2008 class, but the results were well worth the wait. Davis delayed his signing so he could make his announcement at his church in front of family, friends, and his recently dismissed coach. It was all maroon, as the Aggies were the last Big 12 school to conclude a long recruiting season. Ironically, Davis was one of the first commits as well, giving the previous staff a verbal pledge on January 29, 2007.


Potential All-Americans:

Jeff Fuller
Cyrus Gray


Biggest Heartbreak:

Sedrick Johnson

A week ago, the Aggies were full at wide receiver. Then, late last week Lamar Harris decided to switch his commitment to OU after a recent visit. However, many Aggie fans saw that one coming. What happened on Wednesday with Sedrick Johnson unexpectedly switching to Iowa State came as a cold slap in the face. Johnson had been committed to the Aggies since last summer, but the lanky receiver never seemed to get comfortable with the new staff for whatever reason. Still, he had reaffirmed his commitment as late as last week and it appeared the flirtation with the Cyclones was over…apparently not.


The All-Maroon Recruit:

Eddie Brown

Eddie made no secret of his lifelong affinity for the Aggies. From Waller, Texas just 40 miles down highway 6, Brown dreamed of wearing the maroon and white and playing on Kyle Field in front of 80,000+ Aggie fans. That dream appeared on the verge extinction before Brown decided to work hard in the classroom and focus on improving his academics. His hard work paid off, because with improved grades, the new staff at Texas A&M suddenly came knocking on his door. Nebraska had already worked their way into the catbird's seat, but when Buddy Wyatt showed up at Waller High School with an offer in-hand, it didn't take long for Brown to jump at the offer. His dream came true.


Best Interview Recruit:

TIE

Derrick Hall
Tommy Dorman

If you want clear, articulate, and thoughtful answers to questions that focus on the team and team only, Tommy Dorman is your guy. His thoughts and insights during recruiting interviews reflected his maturity level far above his years. In fact, an interview with Dorman sounds eerily similar to the interviews we hear every week with Stephen McGee.

For the other side of the pendulum, if you want a great quote and get your fill of humor all in one interview, Derrick Hall is your man. When you called Derrick, he always had something to say and it usually made you laugh and shake your head. He'll be a media favorite in a few years.


Best Name Recruit:

Leroy Chevalier

The French sounding name rolls off your tongue and has a catchy sound. Now, Cyrus Gray is a classic football name and I almost went with the Desoto product, but Chevalier won the name award in the end.



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