Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Top 5 remaining targets for 2018 class

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Texas A&M doesn’t play Texas any more on the football field. That makes all of the off-the-field battles between these two schools all the more significant. The recruitment of Joseph Ossai is one of those such head-to-head battles between the Aggies and the Longhorns. It’s gone back and forth for months, but Texas A&M appears to still be a step ahead of their rivals in Austin.

The Aggies have the advantage of recent history on their side. The 6-foot-4 defensive end has seen Myles Garrett, Daeshon Hall and even Landis Durham put together highly successful seasons on the defensive line. Texas has had their fair share of elite pass rushers, but Texas A&M has the clear advantage.

A definite answer on the status of defensive ends coach Terry Price might be all Ossai needs to commit to Texas A&M. Ossai has looked like he was going to be an Aggie for quite some time. 247’s Crystal Ball projections give the Aggies 100 percent likelihood of landing Ossai. Much more can change between now and National Signing Day, but Ossai looks to be heading in the right direction.

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Texas A&M has plenty of room in their 2018 recruiting class. Between these five (Jackson, Brown, O’Neal, Foster and Ossai) expect the Aggies to sign at least two, if not three or four of them. Adding a handful of these top recruits to the fold could push Texas A&M back into the top 10. That’s a good starting point for Fisher who will be expected to make significant strides with the 2019 class.