Texas A&M football is losing about half their starters from the 2018 squad; here are five freshman that could have an immediate impact in 2019.
One of the most anticipated and polarizing days of the year is almost here: National Signing Day. This is the day that unsigned recruits finally sign to their school of choice, putting an end to their recruitment from anywhere else. While Texas A&M football already has the No. 4 ranked class in the entire nation, they’re looking to add to the pile of talent they have acquired already.
With so much talent leaving in players like Otaro Alaka, Trayveon Williams, Donovon Wilson, and Tyrel Dodson, new players will have to come in and fill their big shoes. Is it ideal for true freshmen to have an immediate impact? Not all of the time. However, if an athlete can play, an athlete can play no matter how old they may be.
The Aggies are more than excited about this year’s incoming class and feel that they have a few of those special young athletes who can contribute immediately out of high school.
Kenyon Green, offensive tackle — Humble, TX
5 stars, .9926 247sports Composite rating, No. 1 player in Texas
Where to begin with Kenyon Green… answer this question for me: When was the last time an Aggie commit was on the cover of the leading high school football magazine in the state? I honestly do not know, but last time I checked, that kind of an honor is a good thing.
The best word I can find to describe Green is beast. A pure force to reckon with, some might say. This guy has more pancakes than an IHOP happy hour. Watching his film is a heck of a spectacle and it is exactly what this Aggie offense has been missing the past two seasons.
There has been much youth and a lack of chemistry with the Aggie’s offensive line recently. In the past, there was always at least one stand out lineman who the offense could center around. Erik McCoy did a bang-up job in 2018, but anchoring an offense on an interior lineman is difficult and can be limited. An elite offensive tackle, however, can open up numerous doors and opportunities that a team without a top tackle may not have.
Starting from day one, Green can be that anchor on the O-line. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he will be taking first-team snaps this fall. Kenyon Green has the quickness and the power to make a difference for this Aggie program that is quickly on the rise. One of the first things that struck me when watching his tape, is that he is lean for a big man. Even at 6’5” and 320 lbs, he still has a relatively small waist and does not move with a lot of jiggle in his mid-section.
This is exactly what Jimbo Fisher’s offense needs in order to grow and dominate the trenches. Most linemen can block the other team’s defensive linemen, but it is the ability to get to the linebackers at the next level that will transform a three-yard gain into a 30 yard gain. Not many linemen have a first step like Green does and if he keeps getting better, which he clearly will, he will be making plenty of green as well. Don’t surprised if you see him starting as a true freshman, and then one day as a rookie in the NFL.