The Texas A&M Aggies class for 2015 is already the No. 2 class in the nation after they received a commitment from their third five-star recruit in Damarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas. Cedar Hill) and the 2016 class is shaping up to challenge for the top class overall after No. 1 2016 recruit Gregory Little (Allen, Texas. Allen) committed to the Aggies on Friday.
The 6-5.5, 282-pound offensive tackle is high school teammates with 2015 commit and No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray and is the second commitment for the class of 2016, joining fellow five-star offensive tackle Patrick Hudson (Silsbee, Texas. Silsbee) who committed on March 28th.
Hudson ranks as the nation’s No. 25 player regardless of position, the No. 5 offensive tackle and the No. 6 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
“I felt comfortable there, it’s close to home, it’s the best conference in college football, so I didn’t see any point in waiting that long,” Little told GigEm247 minutes before he announced. “I kind of always knew that’s where I wanted to go.
“Coach Sumlin was so happy when I told him. He wanted to do back-flips. I actually told him I was coming last week. They couldn’t wait for me to go public with it though (laughing).”
Little picked the in-state program over offers from some of the most prestigious and elite college football programs in the nation after he turned down LSU, USC, Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn and Michigan, among others.
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Fresh off a visit to College Station last weekend, Little saw all he needed to see on campus and heard all he needed to hear from the coaches, players and from the academic side of things to shut down his recruitment prior to his junior season.
At this stage of his high school career, you won’t find many offensive tackles with his polish in both the run and passing game because of his quick and nimble feet that allows him to get to the second level in the run game and get in his deep sets in pass protection. He should continue the pipeline of offensive tackles from College Station to the NFl in the near future.
He is ahead of recent top-six prospects Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews at this stage of their development and will only continue to get better with two more years of high school and conceivably could be 6-7, 300-pounds by the time he enrolls at Texas A&M.
The move to the SEC continues to pay dividends for Kevin Sumlin and A&M as they are a quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail with giants such as Alabama and LSU.