Let’s start with who the Ags already have in the boat for the upcoming year.
DL Dealyn Evans: Pine Tree (Longview, TX)
Evans was the first to jump on board for the 2024 class, doing so during last summer’s pool party recruiting event. Evans, at 6’4″ and 260 pounds, currently plays defensive tackle for Pine Tree, competing in Texas 5A-II ball. He projects as a versatile inside-outside player for the Aggies, in a role similar to DeMarvin Leal’s. According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Evans is a four-star and the #210 player in the nation. He fielded offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Baylor, and others, but ended up choosing the Aggies.
In his junior season, Evans recorded 58 tackles, 8 TFLs, and 4 sacks. In what will be evident as a theme for the current ’24 commits, Evans is a prospect with his arrow pointed directly up as he continues to develop throughout his senior year, adding several big time offers since his 2022 season came to a close.
WR Debron Gatling: Milton (Alpharetta, GA)
WR Debron Gatling is the most recent addition to this Aggie class. The lone out-of-state pledge for this class, Gatling hails from the same high school as a current player for the Texas A&M football program in highly-touted DL Lebbeus Overton. Gatling, in addition to having an extremely cool name, has put up impressive numbers in Georgia 7A football, clocking in at 37 catches for 659 yards (17.81 avg) this past year.
In the 247 Composite, Gatling comes in as a four star and the #282 player in the rankings. the 6’0″, 180 pound receiver is an intriguing addition and great start for what could be an amazing haul at receiver for the Texas A&M football program in 2024.
OT Ashton Funk: Tompkins (Katy, TX)
Of the three current Aggie commits, Funk is perhaps the most intriguing. Already a commanding presence at 6’7″ and 300 pounds, Funk possesses SEC-ready size before his senior year has even begun, and has done nothing but shoot up in the Composite since the debut of the 2024 rankings. In fact, both Jason Howell and Ryan Brauninger of Texags considered him for the top spot in their state rankings, eventually slotting him at #3 overall. Though it is an A&M-affiliated outlet, Jason and Ryan do a good job of evaluating local prospects at a more in-depth level than national outlets do, so I think this kind of “early buy” is significant for his trajectory on the national scene.
Funk chose the Aggies over Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, and others. He was a unanimous first-team selection for his district in Texas 6A as a junior. The 247 Composite currently has Funk slotted as the #294 player overall—though, as I said, he projects to keep rising with what will doubtless be a dominant senior season.