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Texas A&M signings: Aggies get help on defense

Daylon Mack of Gladewater was ranked as one of the top defensive linemen in the country.
Daylon Mack of Gladewater was ranked as one of the top defensive linemen in the country. Special to the Star-Telegram

Offense: The biggest buzz surrounds QB Kyler Murray, a dual threat who led Allen to three state titles while posting a 43-0 record as a starting quarterback. But with A&M returning its starting QB from last season (Kyle Allen), the biggest immediate impact likely will come from WR Christian Kirk, a five-star signee who enrolled in January and will take part in spring drills. WR Damion Ratley, a JC transfer, also could contribute quickly. A&M scored very well in the OL (Keaton Sutherland, Connor Lanfear, Trevor Elbert) and added a kicker (Daniel LaCamera) to replace the departed Josh Lambo.

Defense: A unit that allowed an SEC-high 216 rushing yards per game last season, ranking 109th nationally in run defense, landed two upsized run-stuffers in DTs Daylon Mack (6-foot-2, 322 pounds) and Kingsley Keke (6-3, 300). A&M’s talented group of linebackers includes Richard Moore (6-1, 210), a Cedar Hill product who will take part in spring drills. DE James Lockhart, a four-star signee, should bolster a pass rush that needs more playmakers to accompany DE Myles Garrett, a 2014 freshman All-American from Arlington Martin. A&M replenished nicely in the secondary, a spot where several seniors contributed last season.

Immediate impact: WR Christian Kirk. The Aggies’ lone Rivals five-star signee will take part in spring drills and plays a position that will not require a steep learning curve heading into the 2015 season. The graduation of Malcolme Kennedy, who led the Aggies in receptions (53) last season, creates an immediate void in A&M’s receiver rotation that Kirk could fill.

Name

Pos.

School

Jay Bradford

RB

Splendora

Kendall Bussey

RB

New Orleans (La.) Newman

Deshawn Capers-Smith

DB

New Orleans Easton

Jordan Davis

TE

Houston Clear Lake

Justin Dunning

DB

Whitehouse

Landis Durham

LB

Plano East

Roney Elam

DB

Newton

Trevor Elbert

OL

Rockwall Heath

Justin Evans

DB

Gulf Coast (Miss.) CC

Riley Garner

LB

College Station A&M Consolidated

Claude George

LB

Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

Kingsley Keke

DT

Richmond George Ranch

Christian Kirk

WR

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Daniel LaCamera

K

Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake

Connor Lanfear

OL

Buda Hays

James Lockhart

DE

Ennis

Daylon Mack

DT

Gladewater

Erik McCoy

OL

Lufkin

Richard Moore

LB

Cedar Hill

Kyler Murray

QB

Allen

Larry Pryor

DB

Sulphur Springs

Damion Ratley

WR

Blinn CC

Kemah Siverand

WR

Houston Cypress Ridge

Keaton Sutherland

OL

Flower Mound Marcus

Dwaine Thomas

DE

Boutte (La.) Hahnville

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