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February 5, 2014

No. 1 quarterback, defensive end highlight Texas A&M’s class

QB Kyle Allen will compete in spring for starting role while Martin’s Garrett fills an immediate need.

Players signed: 22

Tarrant-area signees: 1

Offense: Kyle Allen, a five-star signee from Scottsdale (Ariz.), is enrolled and will battle incumbents Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill in spring drills to replace departed quarterback Johnny Manziel as the team’s 2014 starter. Whoever wins the QB job will be happy throwing to the aptly named Speedy Noil, a potential game-breaker, and tall target Frank Iheanacho (6-foot-7, 220 pounds). There is a potential plug-in starter for a depleted offensive line in JC signee Avery Gennesy (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) and enough other playmakers to justify why analysts universally consider this one of the nation’s top 5 recruiting classes.

Defense: The most-heralded newcomer, Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett, is a five-star talent with a non-stop motor. Garrett (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) plays a position of immediate need and should boost the Aggies’ pass rush in 2014. Other quality defenders in this class include DT DeShawn Washington, OLB Josh Walker, OLB Otaro Alaka and DT Zaycoven Henderson, who reneged on prior pledges to Texas and TCU. All could be immediate contributors for a defense that needs more bulk, speed and playmakers to boost the Aggies’ title hopes in the SEC.

Immediate Impact: DE Myles Garrett. The Aggies’ lone signee from Tarrant County, rated as the nation’s top defensive line prospect, collected an eye-popping 20.5 sacks in his senior season. He joins a defensive unit that combined for 21 sacks last season, with no more than three by any player.

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. School
Otaro Alaka OLB 6-3/210 Houston Cypress Falls
Kyle Allen QB 6-3/200 Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
Cedric Collins CB 5-10/165 Dallas Skyline
Qualen Cunningham DE 6-3/220 Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Kealvin Davis OT 6-4/250 Garland Lakeview Centennial
Jermaine Eluemunor OG 6-5/300 Lackawanna (Pa.) CC
Myles Garrett DE 6-5/245 Arlington Martin
Avery Gennesy OT 6-5/315 East Mississippi CC
J.J. Gustafson OT 6-5/275 Dallas Jesuit
Nick Harvey DB 5-11/180 Richmond Travis
Zaycoven Henderson DT 6-1/305 Longview
Frank Iheanacho WR 6-7/220 Houston Westside
Jamal Jeffery WR 5-9/175 Lufkin
Jarrett Johnson DE 6-3/220 Katy Seven Lakes
Zach Ledwik OT 6-5/270 LaGrange
Koda Martin OT 6-6/245 Manvel
Speedy Noil WR 6-0/170 New Orleans Karr
Josh Reynolds WR 6-3/178 Tyler JC
Josh Walker OLB 6-1/220 Gilmer
DeShawn Washington DT 6-3/275 Nederland
Armani Watts DB 5-11/175 North Forney
Donovan Wilson DB 6-1/185 Shreveport (La.) Woodlawn

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