Texas A&M Football Recruiting: National Signing Day 2018 Preview

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The Aggies will close the book on the 2018 Texas A&M football recruiting class on National Signing Day. Which targets are still on the board?

Entering the week with the 35th ranked recruiting class for 2018, the Texas A&M Aggies look to make a lot of noise on the national recruiting scene heading into the 2018 National Signing Day. For the first time in recent memory, the Aggies will be awaiting a number of top prospects decisions on National Signing Day itself. Let’s check out the biggest names:

Texas A&M commits

Tyree Wilson

  • 3 Star Defensive End
  • Hometown/High School: New London, TX/West Rusk HS
  • Currently committed to Texas A&M

There were a lot of questions recently about Tyree Wilson. Will the talented defensive star out of New London entertain thoughts from Arkansas and Texas? Fortunately, last week Wilson shut down any rumors confirming he will sign with Texas A&M on National Signing Day.

Jalen Preston

A member of the ESPN300 rankings, the talented receiver leads the Manvel trio and the 2018 Class into College Station. Preston is expected to sign with Texas A&M on National Signing Day after an incredible senior season: 42 rec, 876 rec yards and 10 touchdowns.

Brian Johnson

  • 3 Star Safety
  • Hometown/High School: Manvel, TX/Manvel HS
  • Currently committed to Texas A&M

After a very successful visit back on in late January, Brian Johnson is the second member of the Manvel trio and also expected to sign with the Aggies on National Signing Day.

Deneric Prince

The final member of the Manvel trio is also expected to sign with the Aggies on National Signing Day.

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Priority Targets

Jashaun Corbin

Corbin will be deciding between Florida State, TCU and Texas A&M. Corbin was previously committed to Florida State under Jimbo Fisher. It will be interesting to see if he follows through to Florida State or follows Fisher to College Station

Leon O’Neal

Arguably the most interesting recruiting journey of the 2018 class, O’Neal was originally committed to Texas A&M before decommitting back on December 1. However, he has held Texas A&M in high regard and will be deciding between the Aggies and the Sooners. Clemson as well has made a late run at the talented safety. The future idea of O’Neal and 2019 5 Star safety Brian Williams lining up together is almost to good to be true for Aggie fans.

Jaylen Waddle

Down to the Crimson Tide and the Aggies, Jaylen Waddle will most likely be heading to the SEC West. The biggest question is if Jimbo Fisher was able to make such a big impression in a short period of time. Waddle officially visited Texas A&M back on December 8 after Fisher paid a visit to the playmaker’s home two days prior.

James Foster

The single quarterback offer in the Class of 2018, the Aggies remain a long shot for quarterback talent out of Montgomery, Alabama. Foster most likely will be deciding between Alabama, Florida State and LSU on National Signing Day.

Dorian Gerald

The top strong side defensive end in the country decision is down to Texas A&M, Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee. The Aggies have made a late push for the former Tennessee commit.

Jeremiah Martin

A Top 15 defensive end in the Class of 2018, Martin may make the jump to College Station from his West Coast home even with offers from USC, Oregon, Arizona and Washington.

Vernon Jackson

Jackson is currently an Alabama commit but visited Texas A&M this past weekend. Most remember him attending an Aggie Basketball game with Head Coach Jimbo Fisher last month. Don’t rule out Texas A&M pulling this off late.

Isaac Taylor-Stuart

The fourth ranked corner in the nation may just be out of reach for Texas A&M. The West Coast product has been leaning towards USC for some time now but Alabama and the Aggies listed as still in the running.

Bobby Brown

A former Texas A&M commit, Brown decommitted from the Aggies to only commit to Alabama two days later. One of the most exciting talents left in the 2018 class, will the Aggies do enough to win back the talented defensive tackle?

Joseph Ossai

In a classic Texas vs. Texas A&M recruiting battle, the talented defensive end out of Conroe, TX has held the Aggies in high regards until a dramatic shift that has Ossai headed to Austin. It’s still unclear where this will end but this battle does appear to be a lot closer than expected.

Glenn Beal

Glenn Beal will be playing in the SEC next year but it’s a good question which one out of his Top 5 schools. Beal will decide between Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama and LSU. However both Aggies and the Crimson Tide have stood out most.

Charles Strong

Similar to Corbin, Strong was previously committed to Florida St under Jimbo Fisher and decommitted after Fisher left for College Station. Last week, Strong announced that he will be deciding between Texas A&M and Ole Miss and will be announcing his decision at 5:00 PM CST on National Signing Day.

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No matter how this final week goes, the Aggies are going to have an impressive haul. The attention is already turning towards the 2019 class which landed a pair of commitments over the weekend: 4-star defensive back Bobby Wolfe and 4-star wide receiver Kameron Brown.