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

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Player Position Stars
Leon O’Neal Jr. S 4
Jordan Moore S 4
Brian Johnson S 3
Jeremiah Martin WDE 4
Tyree Wilson WDE 3
Max Wright SDE 4
Bobby Brown DT 4
Mohamed Diallo DT 3
Seth Small K 3

Defense and special teams: B-

The offensive side of the ball included 14 signees, nearly double the eight defensive additions. Although they were outnumbered, the impact per player might be even more significant. That stats in the secondary. Texas A&M didn’t sign a corner in this class, which is a bit considering, but they could not have gotten a better duo of safeties than Leon O’Neal Jr. and Jordan Moore.

Moore became the vocal leader of this class on social media. He was just as important to reclaiming O’Neal Jr. as anyone on the coaching staff. O’Neal Jr. decommited from Texas A&M after Fisher was hired, partly because he wasn’t offered a scholarship by Fisher at Florida State. After considering all his options, the Aggies beat out Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma for his signature.

That wasn’t the first time Texas A&M edged some marquee programs for a high-profile commitment. Bobby Brown’s flip from Alabama to Texas A&M was regarded as one of the biggest stunners of National Signing Day. The one-time Texas A&M commit went from off the table to a key piece of the Aggies’ 2018 class in the span of six weeks. That’s elite recruiting in action.

Where this class falters is the lack of linebackers. Texas A&M went after a few but wasn’t able to land any of them at the final hour. The depth at the position in College Station isn’t great, which makes the omission from this year’s class all the more puzzling.