The 2018 Texas A&M Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Texas A&M Recruiting Class Overview
Give it a year.
Of course you’re supposed to load up with top recruits no matter what if you’re a big-time program, but A&M came up with some very, very talented classes under Kevin Sumlin, and Jimbo Fisher has had about ten minutes to fire up the recruiting machine.
2019? Look out – A&M will come up with something special with Fisher locked in as stable a coaching situation as any in country. However, the turnover and the uncertainty is keeping this class from being a monster.
There’s high-end talent coming in on the offensive line starting with Barton Clement and Luke Matthews from nearby – and Max Wright a tremendous tweener of a defensive end and outside linebacker.
It’s quality over quantity. Expect that to shift next year.
The Texas A&M Class Is Heavy On …
Will Jordan Moore play defensive back or receiver? He’s got all the skills and size to be a shutdown, playmaking corner, but he’d be unstoppable if he develops into a receiver. Even if he works on the defensive side, the receivers coming in will be the stars.
6-5, 205-pound Caleb Chapman is a very big, very good prospect with the upside to be dangerous in the red zone, and Montel Parker is a smooth, quick 6-2 target who spurned Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to be an Aggie.
The Star of the Texas A&M Class Is …
DE Max Wright, 6-3, 230
Alabama, Georgia, and just about everyone else in the SEC wanted the relentless pass rusher, but he was a part of the Aggie recruiting class from the middle of last year and kept his commitment.
He’s an all-around playmaker as an end, but he might work in a variety of roles including as a core special teamer. With a little bit of tweaking, he could be a whale of an outside linebacker, but he’ll be tried out first on the line.
The Texas A&M Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Aggies return loaded with experience just about everywhere, and there are receiving options, too, with Jhamon Ausbon returning after catching 50 passes leading the way. However, Damion Ratley is gone after finishing second on the team with 694 yards, and Christian Kirk will be difficult to replace as both a No. 1 receiver and return man.
In all, 16 of the 22 receiving scores from last year have to be replaced. Again, the situation is hardly dire, but the chances are there for all the new guys to step up and play an early role.