With college football's national signing day less than three months away, college staffs are starting the stretch run to finish the 2013 cycle. In our newest “finish line” feature, 247Sports and Gigem247.com takes look at the top remaining prospects for Texas A&M.
Ricky Seals-Jones, ATH, Sealy (Texas)
Seals-Jones is one of the top prospects left on the board nationally, and Texas A&M is sitting in the best position headed down the stretch.
Gigem247.com’s Taylor Hamm on Seals-Jones’ recruitment: “The five-star athlete is essentially down to LSU and Texas A&M. After visiting College Station and Baton Rouge over the past three weeks, the Sealy (Texas) product is looking to make a decision right after his senior season is complete. It’s a tight race for the Top247 prospect but the Aggies appear to have the slight edge over the Tigers at the moment.”
Justin Manning, DT, Dallas (Texas) Kimball
Manning was once thought to be a lock for Oklahoma. Fast forward a few months and the Sooners are in a recruiting battle with Texas A&M and TCU.
Hamm on Manning’s recruitment: “Had the Sooners offered the four-star defensive linemane when schools like Texas A&M and TCU extended scholarships, Bob Stoops’ staff wouldn’t have the battle they currently have on their hands. Manning has been to College Station and Norman twice this fall and many believe it’s down to both former Big 12 foes. No decision date has been set, but Manning has said he'll have a commitment made before the end of the year.”
Isaac Savaiinaea, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Hamm on Savaiinaea’s recruitment: “This is shaping up to be a UCLA-Texas A&M battle. Look for Savaiinaea to make a decision at the Under Armour All-American game or on signing day.”
Kameron Miles, S, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite
The long time Tennessee commitment was recently offered by Texas A&M, and the Aggies will get the Top247 prospect on campus in November.
Hamm on Miles’ recruitment: “The longtime Tennessee Volunteer commit has been content with his decision until Texas A&M extended an offer last week. With Derek Dooley on the hot seat and the Aggies on the rise in the SEC, it appears Kevin Sumlin’s staff is sitting in good position to steal of the state’s top safeties away from the Vols. The West Mesquite defender will be in College Station for the Missouri game.”
Mike Mitchell, ILB, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound uber-athletic linebacker continues to report Ohio State as his leader, but the programs closer to home remain in the picture with the official visits process set to begin after the season.
Hamm on Mitchell’s recruitment: “It’s been tough to pinpoint exactly what the 4-star linebacker from Plano Prestonwood Academy is looking for when choosing a school. He’s been to Norman and College Station this fall but still lists Ohio State as his leader. However, he’s never visited Columbus. It’s safe to say that if Mitchell decides to stay close to home it will be A&M but all signs point towards the Buckeyes.”
Jordan Mastrogiovanni, ILB, Dallas (Texas) Jesuit
The Oklahoma commitment made an unofficial visit to Texas A&M for the Aggies game against LSU, and now the Aggies are firmly back in play for the teammate of Texas A&M commitment J.J. Gustafson.
Hamm on Mastrogivanni’s recruitment: “After visiting Texas A&M for the LSU game in late October, the current Sooner pledge is now seriously considering the Aggies once again. The Dallas Jesuit linebacker almost chose Texas A&M in the spring, so those old feelings were rekindled when he took in his first game at Kyle Field. The three-star defender is focused on leading his Rangers in the playoffs so expect things to heat up right after the season is over.”
Cameron Clear, OT/TE, Arizona Western J.C.
The former Tennessee recruit and Top247 prospect is now a part of the 2013 class. Ole Miss is in the mix for the Memphis product, but it appears Texas A&M is the team to beat.
Hamm on Clear’s recruitment: “The former Tennessee Volunteer who landed at Arizona Western C.C. is looking to get back into the SEC. Texas A&M and Ole Miss appear to be the frontrunners at the moment. Clear will be in College Station next weekend and there’s a possibility he jumps on board during his official visit.”
Za’Darius Smith, SDE, Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi C.C.
The late bloomer out of the state of Georgia has developed into one of the nations most coveted junior college defensive ends. As of today, Texas A&M and Mississippi State appear to be the teams to beat unless Florida State turns up the heat.
Hamm on Smith’s recruitment: “Texas A&M is looking to possibly replace Damontre Moore who could be headed for the NFL draft after the season. At 6-6, 250 pounds, the East Mississippi CC defensive end is exactly who Terry Price wants to potentially fill that spot. The Aggies do have some stiff competition for Smith, who will be taking his official visit to College Station next weekend, with Mississippi State and Florida State in the running as well.”
Jeremiah Stuckey, OT, San Francisco (Calif.) City College
Texas A&M is looking at the junior college level on the offensive line. One prospect that has risen over the course of the 2012 season has become a prime target for the Aggies.
Hamm on the recruitment of Stuckey: “Offensive line coach B.J. Anderson is looking to add a mid-term offensive tackle to the 2013 class, and the Aggies may have found a hidden gem from City College of San Francisco. The 6-6, 285-pounder is only 18 and will have four years to play three. He’s visiting Texas A&M next weekend officially, and has already made it clear that he will commit on the visit if everything goes well.”
MacKensie Alexander, CB, Immokalee (Fla.)
The recruitment of four-star cornerback MacKensie Alexander has gone many directions with a number of twists and turns still expected before signing day. One program that appears to be in serious contention is the newest member of the SEC West.
Hamm on Alexander’s recruitment: “Before the start of the season, not many people expect the nation’s number three ranked corner to even consider taking an official visit to Texas A&M. A&M’s impressive season was able to lure the four-star defender to College Station and reports close to the situation felt like A&M and Clemson were the frontrunners. Alexander’s recruitment will provide many twists and turns from now until signing day but Texas A&M appears to be a major player for his signature.”
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