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SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah believes that Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin's crew will need to win at least eight wins in the regular season for him to keep his job.

Sumlin has already been put on notice by AD Scott Woodward, who said at the end of May that "Coach knows he has to win and he has to win this year." That could prove problematic, at least if Jeyarajah's assessment of the team is accurate. The analyst writes that the team's roster "might not be ready" due to questions at quarterback, defensive line, linebacker and wideout. Our take -- eight wins might not even be enough. Sumlin has turned in three consecutive 8-5 seasons to get himself into this do-or-die situation.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 18 - 2:51 PM

Texas A&M received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 LB Brian Johnson.

Johnson is fresh off a visit to the Aggies. Rivals analyst Nick Krueger notes that the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is expected to play a fair bit of safety during his senior season at Manvel High (Texas), but that his ultimate place with Texas A&M will be as a linebacker. Johnson ranks as Rivals' No. 30 linebacking prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 17 - 2:03 PM

Rivals notes that Texas A&M four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Grant Gunnell was mostly a non-factor at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Per the outlet, "The Texas A&M commit made some nice passes in one-on-ones, but played fairly conservatively in the 7-on-7 tournament." One uneventful performance aside, the 6-foot-6, 207-pounder out of Texas offers a palatable frame for collegiate play and Greg Biggins of Scout.com believes that Gunnell has a chance to develop into an NFL quarterback with the proper coaching as he develops.
Source: Rivals
Jun 15 - 4:29 PM

SEC Country's Alec Shirkey thinks Texas A&M would be well served using sophomore RB Trayveon Williams on kick returns.

Shirkey believes that putting Williams back on kickoffs could help maximize the 5-foot-9, 200-pounder's big-play potential. Shirkey ranks him as the No. 9 running back in the SEC. He rushed for a healthy 1,057 yards (6.8 YPC) and eight touchdowns last season, but failed to surpass 100 yards on the ground in any of the team's final seven games. A more consistent body of work in 2017 could do wonders for HC Kevin Sumlin, who is already on the hot seat heading into the season.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 13 - 7:32 PM

Texas A&M received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell.

We are still waiting for the initial rankings on the 2019 class to be posted by the major recruiting outlets, but you can reasonably expect Gunnell to be pretty high up there when the time comes. The 6-foot-6, 207-pounder posted video game numbers during his sophomore season at St. Pious (Texas), throwing for 4,970 yards with a just-plain-silly 65/11 TD/INT ratio. Scout.com's Greg Powers writes that Gunnell is "a quarterback with the plus size that college coaches covet and with the frame potential and skill sets of a potential NFL draft pick one day with the right college development."
Source: Scout.com
Jun 8 - 9:44 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah writes that Texas A&M freshman WR Jhamon Ausbon is " likely ready to be a lead contributor."

This is not the first time we have heard such buzz, as Sam Kahn Jr. offered up a similar opinion earlier this offseason, noting that the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was a "quality performer" during spring practice and "has a good chance to start and contribute right away." Christian Kirk remains a mainstay at wideout, but the team will need Ausbon, Quartney Davis and others to step up to help replace the losses of Josh Reynolds, Speedy Noil and Ricky-Seals Jones.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 4 - 1:19 PM

Texas A&M received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DE Max Wright.

Big weekend for HC Kevin Sumlin, who reeled in both Wright and S Leon O'Neal on Friday. For his part, the 6-foot-4, 276-pound Wright was deciding between Texas A&M and Texas. The Katy, Texas, native is a "[s]mart player who understands blocking schemes and takes very good angles to the football," according to ESPN's scouting breakdown. The outlet is keen on his sound tackling technique and motor. They rank him as the No. 235 prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Jun 3 - 1:49 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Nick Krueger writes that Texas A&M four-star 2018 S Leon O'Neal needs "to prove that he’s more than just a boom-or-bust safety in pass coverage" at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

"O’Neal is as decisive and explosive a prospect as there is. He is a devastating hitter, but is still more of an instinctual defensive back rather than a technical one," Krueger writes. His outlet ranks the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder as the No. 116 prospect in the 2018 cycle, a nice jump from mid-February, when O'Neal was not ranked among Rivals' top 250 prospects.
Source: Rivals
Jun 2 - 5:29 PM

Texas A&M senior DB Donovan Wilson is being counted on to replace Justin Evans' production, according to Bleacher Report's David Kenyon.

Back in 2015, defensive coordinator John Chavis likened Wilson's 'It' factor to that of Tyrann Mathieu, his former star pupil at LSU. During that 2015 season, Wilson posted 8.5 TFL, five interceptions and three forced fumbles from his nickelback/safety post. Wilson fell off to 5.5 TFL and one interception last year. With all the Aggies lost over the winter, they need him to re-emerge as a star-caliber player.
Jun 1 - 12:27 PM

Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said head coach Kevin Sumlin "has to win and he has to win this year."

"Coach knows he has to win and he has to win this year," Woodward said. "We have to do better than we’ve done in the past." In his first season at A&M, Sumlin went 11-2 and finished second in the SEC West while overseeing Johnny Manziel‘s Heisman-winning campaign. Since that time, the Aggies are 33-19 overall and below .500 in SEC play. Those past four teams have been particularly dreadful down the stretch, going 21-1 to begin the season collectively and 12-16 to end it. "It doesn’t come up to objective data-reading of wins and losses. That’s not gonna be the way I look at it," Woodward said of what Sumlin needs to save his job. "It’s gonna be a lot of subjectivity brought into it. How we win, what we do, how we do it, for me to make a decision [on Sumlin’s future]."
May 31 - 1:04 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff tagged Texas A&M freshman DE Tyree Johnson as a summer-enrollee to watch in August camp.

With both Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall out the door, the Aggies are looking to rebuild at defensive end. Writes Aschoff, "Johnson wasn't considered an elite recruit, but when you're looking for bodies at such an important position, its pretty much all hands on deck." He adds that the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Johnson is "quick and could still add some mass, but consistency will be key." Aschoff also singles out JUCO end Michael Clemons (who is likewise arriving on campus this summer) as another potential option to help Texas A&M on the defensive line.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 3:41 PM

Former Oklahoma senior T Christian Daimler transferred to Texas A&M as a graduate.

Daimler, 6-foot-7 and 321 pounds, is eligible to play immediately. He played in only three career games for the Sooners, all of which occurred last season. Daimler was a three-star recruit out of high school. He could compete for a starting gig with the Aggies, who lost OTs Avery Gennesy and Jermaine Eluemunor to graduation.
May 26 - 3:08 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. writes that Texas A&M freshman WR Jhamon Ausbon "looks like he has a good chance to start and contribute right away."

"During spring football he was a quality performer, showing off his athleticism and ability to go get the football, aided by his good size (6-2, 220 pounds)," Kahn notes. With Speedy Noil, Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones all no longer on the team, there will be ample opportunities for a player like Ausbon if he can capitalize. He ranked as a four-star recruit out of high school for the 2017 cycle.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 1:36 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Texas A&M redshirt sophomore S Larry Pryor "isn’t a like-for-like [Justin] Evans replacement, but he will be equally productive."

The Bucs selected Evans in the second round of this spring's draft, leaving the Aggies the tall task of working in a replacement. The 6-foot, 200-pound Pryor could fit that bill, with Connolly writing that he "has good instincts as a middle-of-the-field safety and the smarts to re-route tight ends or running backs when he is asked to play closer to the line of scrimmage." This past season, Pryor registered 34 tackles (1.0 for loss) while intercepting a solitary pass over the course of nine games played.
Source: SEC Country
May 19 - 6:55 PM

Texas A&M redshirt freshman RB Rakeem Boyd plans on transferring.

This appears to be academics related. Boyd is apparently headed to the JUCO level. He was Rivals' No. 8 running back recruit out of high school.
Source: KHOU11
May 19 - 9:45 AM


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