Texas A&M Football: Grading the Aggies’ 2018 recruiting class

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Player Position Stars
James Foster QB 4
Jalen Preston WR 4
Caleb Chapman WR 4
Montel Parker WR 3
Jashaun Corbin RB 4
Vernon Jackson ATH/RB 4
Charles Strong RB 3
Deneric Prince RB 3
Jace Sternberger TE 3
Glenn Beal TE 3
Colten Blanton OT 4
Tank Jenkins OG 4
Luke Matthews OG 4
Barton Clement OG 3

Offense: A-

The offensive class is a prime example of Fisher’s recruiting prowess. When he arrived in College Station the Aggies had commitments from three offensive line prospects (Colten Blanton, Luke Matthews and Barton Clement), three receivers (Jalen Preston, Montel Parker and Caleb Chapman) and running back Deneric Prince.

That was a potent group, and the Aggies added made it even better with several high-profile additions. Texas A&M beat out Florida State and LSU for dual threat quarterback James Foster. Joining him in the class was his cousin, Tank Jenkins. Signing an offensive lineman named Tank that weighs 325 pounds and stands 6-foot-3 is always a good decision.

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Foster’s addition addressed an important need at quarterback. The Aggies had two more positions of need, running back and tight end. They knocked them both out of the park. Running backs coach Jay Graham added three backs to the fold. Pulling all-purpose back Jashaun Corbin out of Florida was a huge addition, but not as important as the final piece of class – Vernon Jackson.

Jackson was an Alabama commit that the Aggies flipped on National Signing Day. He was one of several head-to-head battles won between the Aggies and the Tide. The 240 pound bruiser is an SEC-West style battering ram that is going to enjoy plenty of goal line work for the Aggies next season.

Jaylen Waddle, a 4-star receiver from Texas was the only high-profile miss by this coaching staff. The Christian Kirk-esque speedster will give the Aggies grief in the future, but one loss to Alabama isn’t that bad of a blemish.