Texas A&M is already the No. 1 class in the nation, but if they want to seal that mythical national recruiting title up, the Aggies could take a huge step towards that goal by signing these five guys.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
1. Kendall Sheffield, Missouri City (Texas), 5-11/180, Cornerback
- National rank: No. 8 overall prospect
- SEC schools: Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida
- The skinny: Who are we kidding here? This is the No. 1 player in the state of Texas and the Aggies are looking to be in real good shape with him. He has outstanding speed and was born to play the position. What he lacks in height he makes up for with his 4.40-second 40-yard dash time.
2. Malik Jefferson, Mesquite (Texas), 6-3/215, Linebacker
- National rank: No. 12 overall
- SEC schools: Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia
- The skinny: Even though several SEC powers have offered, this is actually an Aggies-Longhorns battle for one of the best talents in the state of Texas this year. He’s rated the No. 1 outside linebacker in the nation and things are looking good for the Aggies here.
3. Damarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill (Texas), 6-3/190, Wide receiver
- National rank: No. 27 overall
- SEC schools: Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU
- The skinny: Just like with Jefferson, this is really more of an in-state battle with Baylor and Texas than it is an SEC battle. This is another consensus top 50 national recruit, with excellent size and a knack for playing the position that some guys his size don’t.
4. Christian Kirk, Scottsdale (Ariz.), 5-11/200, Wide Receiver
- National rank: No. 36 overall
- SEC schools: Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas
- The skinny: Kirk is from Pac-12 territory, so there’s always the chance he could go that route–and there seems to be some interest in playing for Oregon. However, this shifty target could also end up in the Aggies’ awesome offensive attack–and let’s face it, Aggies QB signee Kyle Allen was from Scottsdale (Ariz.) too.
5. Kyler Murray, Allen (Texas), 5-11/170, Quarterback
- National rank: No. 38 overall
- SEC schools: Texas A&M, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn
- The skinny: With his dad being a Texas A&M legacy player, one would think Murray is a lock to end up in College Station, but he does have several of the in-state schools after him. He’s a little guy, no doubt, but so was Johnny Manziel, right?