Mid-Summer Recruiting Update

Websider's Taylor Hamm has established himself as one of the premier recruiting analysts surrounding Aggie Football. Hamm's mid-summer recruiting update will bring even the causal recruiting follower up to par with the latest scoop. Hamm breaks down each offensive and defensive position as well as adding commentary on over 30 current prospects. You won't find a more in-depth update anywhere else!

Quarterback (1-2)

Commits: 0

Offers and Major Targets;

Brett Hundley, 6-foot-2, 190 lbs, Chandler, Arizona

Johnny Manziel, 6-foot-2, 175 lbs, Kerrville, TX

With the Aggies signing two quarterbacks in 2010, Sherman will be looking to land one signal caller in the 2011 class. The staff has focused on several out-of-state quarterbacks but their efforts are zeroing in on four-star prospect Brett Hundley. The 6-foot-4 dual-threat gunslinger from Chandler, Arizona recently narrowed his list down to a top-5 which included A&M, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington. The Aggies are in good shape to land one of the nations top quarterbacks and are considered one of the front runners. In fact, Hundley admitted to Websider's Taylor Hamm earlier this week that he intends to use one of his official visits to College Station this fall. Brett left yesterday for Washington and will visit UCLA over the weekend. A&M has not offered Manziel yet, but the staff is intrigued with his versatility and athleticism. If Hundley commits elsewhere, Manziel could be the next QB in line to get an offer.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Brett Hundley (60% probability)

Runningback (1-2)

Commits: 0

Offers and Major Targets;

Daniel Lasco- The nephew of former Aggie great Sammy O'Brient was set to end the recruiting process after the Woodlands spring game but decided to hold off a bit longer. For some time, Miami, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and TCU were said to be in a good position for his services, but with the process wide open, other programs like Cal have creeped into the picture. Daniel will visit TCU this weekend and follow that up with an end of summer trip to Cal before ending the recruiting process. Websider expects his decision to come down to TCU, Cal, and A&M.

LaFrederick Ford- Many are wondering why the 6-foot, 190-pound junior from Kirbyville hasn't gone ahead and committed to Jim Turner. In 2009, Ford rushed for 2,527 yards on 255 carries and 35 touchdowns all while leading his team to the 2A state title game. Although the sub 4.5 speedster has a commitable offer at the moment, the Aggie coaches are eager to get him down to campus in order to see if he is full recovered from the torn rotator cuff injured late in last year's playoffs. Baylor is the only major offer on the table at the moment, so if Ford is serious about being an Aggie, he must get down to the July 11th camp or you could see the Ags move on. Ford has a part-time job that could hinder his ability to get down this summer.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Daniel Lasco (50% Probability)

LaFrederick Ford (50% Probability)

Wide Receiver (1-3)

Commits: 0

Offers and Major Targets;

LaDarius Brown,- The Aggies would easily shut down recruiting other wide-outs for the Waxahachie speedster's services. Brown, who had 34 receptions for 889 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009, recently visited TCU. The Horned Frogs and Aggies are the only two schools who have hosted the 6-foot-2, 190 pounder. Brown is the number 1 offensive target for A&M and they made a good impression when he visited this spring.Oklahoma will be a major player for Brown as well.

Cameron White – The first TCU commitment of the 2011 class when he pulled the trigger back in June of 2009. White de-committed earlier this year and tested the waters in Lubbock, Stillwater, and College Station. A&M has backed off since his junior day visit and it appears the Ags have moved on.

Derek Edwards- The Brenham speedster pledged his verbal commitment to Texas Tech back in March, but the Aggies have their sights on landing the 6-foot-1, 170 pounder in 2011. Edwards is pretty solid to the Raiders but Coach Kragthorpe won't give up without a fight.

Websider projects A&M will sign:

LaDarius Brown(50 % Probability)

Derek Edwards (40% Probability)

Offensive Line (1-3)

Commits: Joseph Cheek and Nathan Gutekunst

Offers and Major Targets;

Shayvion Hatten,- The TCU commit starts on both sides of the ball at Daingerfield and is considered a perfect fit under A&M's new 3-4 defense. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior, who shut down his recruitment back in March, still wants to visit College Station this summer to see what the Aggies have to offer. A&M and Tech are still considered major players for Hatten's services in 2011. The key for the A&M staff is to get him on campus as soon as possible.

Carter Wall,- The 6-foot- 5, 265-pounder from Fort Bend Travis impressed the A&M staff and Jim Turner at the June 6th camp. He could be a late offeree after he is futher evaluated this fall.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Shayvion Hatten (40 % Probability)

Defensive End (1-3)

Commits: 0

Offers and Major Targets;

Jermauria Rasco,- Teammate of Aggie signee Brandon Jackson and star DE at Evangel Christian Academy is considered a long shot for the Ags. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end has 20+ offers on the table from top programs across the country. Although he told Websider's Taylor Hamm that he hasn't ruled out A&M, his leaders are considered LSU, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Cedric Reed- The 6-foot-6, 245-pound defender from Cleveland, Texas had more than 40 offers, but in the end it came down to the Ags and Horns. Although Reed put on the burnt orange cap in his high school library at a special press conference, sources close to the Reed family told Websider's Taylor Hamm that the decision was premature and is having second thoughts about the University of Texas. Reed keeps in contact with Terrell Williams and it will be interesting to see how his recruitment pans out.

Tevin Westbrook- Westbrook at 6-foot-5, 240 is one of a dozen Florida offers A&M has extended out this spring. The Pine Crest High School product in Fort Lauderdale wants to stay close to home and hasn't showed A&M much love throughout the process.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Cedric Reed (40 % Probability)

Jermauria Rasco (20 % Probability)

Tevin Westbrook (20% Probability)

Defensive Tackle (2-3)

Commits: 0

Offers and Major Targets;

Quincy Russell- the standout defensive tackle out of San Antonio (Sam Houston), Texas, has offers from the likes of Texas, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Baylor, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M, among many others. Although he felt rushed into his commitment to the Horns initially, he is still considered a strong lean towards The University of Texas. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder was in College Station over the weekend but due to NCAA rules he was unable to visit the Bright Complex. Instead, he went to Austin for the Longhorn's camp that Sunday. Expect his decision to come down to Nebraska, Texas, and Texas A&M.

DeMarcus Hodge- The 6-foot-1, 295 pound defensive tackle from Neville HS (LA) recorded 50 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, and 4 bat-downs his junior year. Hodge lists a top four (in random order) of TCU, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas A&M but he told Websider's Taylor Hamm that he expects A&M to get bumped up near the top once he visits in July.

Isiah Norton- The Texas A&M coaching staff is looking for a pure nose tackle to fit into their new 3-4 defense.The 6-foot-5 and 290-pound defensive tackle has an impressive frame, explosive off the line, and has a 35 inch vertical. After some confusion back in March about him committing to Nebraska, Norton set the record straight and informed Websider in April that he is still wide-open with his recruitment. Norton has been tough to get in touch with in the past few weeks so his status is unknown at the moment. Texas will also be a school A&M will have to contend with for Norton.

Ashaad Mabry- The San Antonio MacArthur product is the Aggies most recent offer, but as Hamm reported earlier this week, the 6-foot-3, 275 pounder has no interest in the Ags at this point.

Mickey Johnson- The Aggies did not make the 6-foot-1, 310-pound three-star defensive tackle from The Saint Pauls School Senior Boys in Covington, La top-4. Which includes UCLA, LSU, Nebraska, and Florida State.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

DeMarcus Hodge (40% Probability)

Quincy Russell (20 % Probability)

Isiah Norton (20% Probability)

Ashaad Mabry (20 % Probability)

Linebackers (3-5)

Commits: Donnie Baggs

Offers and Major Targets;

Anthony Wallace- Easily the priority target at the annual Maroon & White game this spring. The Scout.com 4-star truly enjoyed his visit to Aggieland a few months ago and A&M along with OU have positioned themselves as the front runners for Wallace's services. Texas isn't making a hard push for one of the state's top linebackers. The Skyline product doesn't do many interviews so it's been tough to get a grasp on where he currently stands with the A&M coaching staff. Coach Bond, the recruiting coordinator at Skyline, recently told Hamm that he expects A&M to be a player for Anthony in 2011. Wallace will be in California this week for the Rising Stars camp and is looking to make his decision by the end of the summer.

Kent Turene- The 6-foot-3, 225 pound linebacker from Boyd Anderson HS in Florida has emerged as one of the countries top linebacker prospects with over 40 offers on the table. The Aggies were one of the first schools to offer Turene and that could pay dividends down the road. Turene and Websider's Taylor Hamm have a good relationship and Kent recently told Hamm that he still plans on visiting College Station this summer. Currently, Turene is on a long recruiting tour that is planned to end on the 25th. Turene is still considered a long shot so it will be interesting to see if Turene follows through with his word. Stay tuned to Websider for the latest on this situation.

Aaron Wallace JR- The son of former Aggie legend Aaron Wallace SR is considered an A&M lean due to his strong family ties to the University, but his most recent offer from UCLA over the weekend should be somewhat of a concern for the A&M staff. Wallace JR is a California boy who is trying to find the best fit for him. His parents want him to make a decision when he feels is the right time and not look back. They don't want him committing and then de-committing down the road. Expect a decision near the end of the summer.

Shaun Ward- All but committed to Coach Toth earlier this month. The 6-foot-2 and 225 pound ILB/DE committed Maryland after his unofficial visit back in March. Since the day he committed to the Terps, Ward has been open with Hamm about where he stands with A&M and Maryland. Ward felt rushed into his commitment and is seriously considering A&M. Shaun has been back and forth about his status to visit College Station this summer. Ward told Hamm a couple of days ago that it now looks like he will be able to make it down in July but you have to take that with a grain of salt. If he does make it down next month, expect Ward to commit on the spot. If he doesn't make the trip, expect Ward to use one of his official visits to A&M, and expect him to commit. The Ags look very good right now to land Ward.

Trevon Randle- Apparently Randle has been having second thoughts about his Commitment to LSU. According to Hamm's sources, the key to switching Randle is his father. Trevon's dad really wants him in the SEC. With Baggs and Matthews (Trevon's teammates) committed to A&M, Randle has the pressure on him to switch. Randle doesn't do phone interviews but Hamm has spoken to some of the coaching staff over at Clear Springs and they have confirmed Trevon's interest in A&M, as well as OU.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Aaron Wallace Jr. (60 % Probability)

Shaun Ward (60% Probability)

Trevon Randle (40 % Probability)

Anthony Wallace (40 % Probability)

Kent Turene (20 % Probability)

Cornerback (2-3)

Commits: Josh Stewart

Offers and Major Targets;

Marcus Roberson- The #1 defensive prospect on the board for the Aggies in 2011. In fact, the A&M staff thinks he could bring an SEC type flavor to the Wrecking Crew. They also think he has the potential to play on Sundays. The 6-foot-1, 174 pounder from St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) called the A&M coaches Tuesday morning to give them some promising news. Roberson has named A&M his top school even with offers from Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin, among others. Websider's Taylor Hamm has been on top of all the news regarding Roberson since the day he was offered (Which was first broke on Websider). Roberson has been upfront with Hamm about his intentions, which includes wanting to play out-of-state in college. Marcus has been adamant about getting down to the Lone Star state next month and is in the process of making official plans. The Gators will pose a serious threat for the Aggies, but Roberson clearly has his sights on possibly playing in Aggieland.

Cortland Browning,- Committed Missouri early in the recruiting process. Needs to get to the July 11th camp in order to pick up a written offer (has not been officially offered by A&M). There are mixed feelings within the A&M coaching staff about Browning's talents so it will all depend on whether or not he shows up and how he performs a couple weeks from now.

Jalen Brown- A&M commits Josh Stewart and Devonta Burns are doing their best to lure the 6-foot-1, 186-pound defender from Irving (TX) MacArthur High with them to Aggieland. Although Brown has recenlty named LSU and Oklahoma in his top-4 along with A&M and Notre Dame, Brown has yet to pick up offers from the Tigers and Sooners. If neither of them offer, expect Brown's decision to be an easy one, A&M.

Paul Turner- The West Monroe product was completely taken back when he got news of his most recent offer from A&M. The dual-threat quarterback had a dream season in 2009, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and throwing for more than 1,500 yards -- as the Rebels went 15-0 and won the 5A state championship. Turner, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior, is being recruited as either a wide receiver or a defensive back on the next level. The Aggies want him on defense and he has plans to visit Aggieland next month. He also holds offers from Louisiana Tech, TCU, Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tulane and McNeese State. The Ags will likely move to the top after his visit and expect him to knock out his decision towards the end of the summer.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Jalen Brown (60% Probability)

Marcus Roberson (50 % Probability)

Paul Turner (50 % Probability)

Safety (2-3)

Commits: Devonta Burns and Howard Matthews

Offers and Major Targets;

Lyndell Johnson- Still considered a top defensive prospect for the Ags in 2011. The A&M coaching staff wants to take another safety in this class but they want one that can play safety and possibly grow into a linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety from Plano East High fits that mold. Oklahoma State is currently the leader for Johnson's services. Lyndell keeps in good contact with Randy Jordan but the Cowboys seem like the team to beat at the moment.

Jared Brackens,- The North Mesquite committed to Iowa State yesterday even after he impressed Coach McMillian at the one day camp in June. Jared did not receive an offer after the camp so he decided to go ahead and verbally commit to the Cyclones. He will be further evaluated this fall and it would be an easy coup if the Ags choose to go in that direction.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Lyndell Johnson (30 % Probability)

Jared Brackens (10% Probability)

Athlete (1-2)

Commits: Jonathon Henderson

Offers and Major Targets

Desmond Roland- Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to Lake Highlands HS prospect last night about where he stands with his recruitment and where A&M fits into the picture. Desmond was in Fort Worth last weekend for the TCU camp and the Horned Frogs extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 197-pounder. The Dallas native lists TCU, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and A&M as the major players at the moment. Coach Jordan wants Desmond to visit sometime soon, and Roland wants to come down, but he hasn't set a date yet. I get the feeling A&M will be the outside school looking in unless he visits next month. Desmond knows a lot of college coaches are on vacation and intends to call Jordan when he gets back.

Christian French- The 6-foot-6, 220-pound, three-star tight end from John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says he has 10 total scholarship offers – Texas A&M, Louisville, Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. The Ags are looking at French at Tight End. We'll see if he makes it down for a camp this summer or for an official visit this fall.

Websider's probability A&M will sign:

Desmond Roland (30 % Probability)

Christian French (20% Probability)

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