Texas A&M Football: Aggies sign trio of Manvel stars

COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 28: South Carolina Gamecocks fans cheer after a touchdown against the Texas A
COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 28: South Carolina Gamecocks fans cheer after a touchdown against the Texas A /

The 2018 Texas A&M football recruiting class weathered a coaching change to secure the signatures of three Manvel, Texas players on National Signing Day.

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Kevin Sumlin earned the verbal commitments of more than a dozen players in the 2018 Texas A&M football recruiting class. A few of those players decommited and went elsewhere, but the vast majority of those guys stuck with the school and signed their letter of intents to become Aggies.

Three of those players to weather the storm of uncertainty were teammates from Manvel High School in Texas – safety Brian Johnson, running back Deneric Prince and wide receiver Jalen Preston. All three should make an impact on the field for Texas A&M soon.

Johnson is a 3-star recruit. He’s expected to compete for playing time at the rover position in defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s defense. Prince will profile much-needed depth for an Aggie backfield that is suddenly thin. Keith Ford has departed leaving Trayveon Williams and several unproven options behind him.

Preston was the crown jewel of the recruiting class entering National Signing Day. The 4-star receiver was the Aggies’ highest rated commit for a long time until Leon O’Neal recommitted days before National Signing Day. Preston demonstrated his immense talent with a spectacular showing in the high school playoffs. He will compete for meaningful playing time in College Station immediately. It’s likely that he becomes a household name sooner rather than later.

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All three of these teammates signed with the Aggies on National Signing Day. Their letters of intent have been collected and the length process is over, for them. The Aggies have already finalize the commitment of one other previously committed player on National Signing Day, West Rusk defensive end Tyree Johnson. After weighing a late push from Arkansas, Johnson will stick with the maroon and white.