Texas A&M is closing out the 2014 recruiting class with unprecedented commitments and the current #2 recruiting class in the nation. Of the current 21 commitments for the 2014 class 7 are early enrollees meaning they have signed their official paperwork with the university and are on campus for classes starting Monday. Getting on campus early is a huge benefit to these athletes; it gives them a full Spring to establish themselves in their new environment, they get a head start on learning the system, and it gives the coaches a long hard look at where they will fit in the program. Here’s a look at the 7 early enrollees for the Aggies and their potential impact on the program.
5-Star WR/ATH Speedy Noil: The #1 receiver prospect in the country and the #11 overall player was possibly the biggest commitment for the Aggies in the 2014 class if not the most surprising. Texas A&M beat out LSU in a head to head battle for the Louisiana native. Speedy is a game changing athlete with speed, quickness, agility, and is a touchdown threat every time he touches the ball. He will have an immediate impact on the Texas A&M program both at wide receiver and possibly on special teams.
5-Star QB Kyle Allen: The #1 pro style quarterback in the country and the #15 player overall is considered by many to be the heir apparent to recent Aggie legend Johnny “Football” Manziel. While those are awfully big shoes to fill, Allen will bring a different style to the offense than Johnny. Kyle Allen is more of a pocket passer type QB as apposed to the dual threat style of Johnny Manziel. Kyle will run the offense more similar to the offenses under Sumlin at Houston, but he has to win the spring battle against sophomore QB Kenny Hill first. Hill is more of a dual threat Allen and has shown flashes of brilliance in clean up duty behind Johnny Manziel in 2013. This should be a fun battle to watch in the Spring.
JUCO OL Jermaine Eluemunor: The #1 junior college offensive lineman prospect and the #2 junior college prospect overall, Eluemunor was a commitment flip from Arkansas that soured the razorback fanbase when he ultimately chose Texas A&M. He is relatively new to football, but has shown tremendous natural ability. Jermaine plays tackle, but he could help the Aggies on the inside if needed.
JUCO OL Avery Gennesy: The #11 overall junior college prospect and offensive tackle commit was another surprise choosing the Aggies over Ole Miss. Gennesy has great size at 6’5” 307 lbs, and like Jermaine Eluemunor plays tackle but would easily be able to pitch in on the inside.
JUCO WR Joshua Reynolds: The junior college wide receiver was not highly recruited out of high school, but caught the eyes of the Aggies’ coaches with his play at TylerJunior College and tremendous skill set. He will come in to Texas A&M as a true sophomore with four years to play three.
* 3-Star OL J.J. Gustafson: The class of 2013 offensive tackle signee took a “grey shirt” last year and enrolled at Texas A&M this January along with the early enrollees of the 2014 class.
* ATH Jordan Traylor: The class of 2012 quarterback is now a walk-on for the Aggies as an athlete, and joins the rest of the early enrollees of the 2014 class in January.