Revisiting the Texas A&M Recruiting Class of 2012

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Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; A view of the fans and cadets and the 12th man logo during the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Jordan Richmond – Richmond was originally one of the top ranked members of the class. He was arrested after his freshmen year (which he redshirted), and ultimately transferred to North Texas where he played out his eligibility.

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Cam (Otis) Jacobs – A defensive back who was primarily used on special teams.

Kenneth Marshall – Marshall was a defensive back who was removed from the team for disciplinary reasons.

Kimo Tipoti – An offensive tackle who saw action in three contests his sophomore year before leaving the team for personal reasons.

Tyrone Taylor – Taylor, a defensive end who played in 10 games his sophomore season, left the program for personal reasons.

Polo Manikainu – This young defensive tackle tragically lost his life prior to the 2013 season driving on a New Mexico highway. The loss of a phenomenal player, teammate, and person shook the entire program. The team would go on to honor their friend by wearing his initials and numbers on the back of their helmets during the season.

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It’s safe to say that this class as a whole did not live up to their expectations. This group of players as a whole spent way too much time off the field with injuries and off the field issues. The Texas A&M recruiting class of 2012 now stands as an example for the current coaching staff. It doesn’t matter how many stars come through the door if they aren’t healthy enough or disciplined enough to stay on the field.

***Stats from Pro Football Reference and ESPN ***