Ranking Newcomers After Fall Camp

Ranking Newcomers After Fall Camp

With a talented, large incoming recruiting class of 31 entering the Texas A&M football program this summer, the staff will need quite a few newcomers to step in and contribute immediately. With fall camp concluded, Aggie Websider's David Sandhop discusses who will likely be on the field when this fall for Kevin Sumlin.

With a talented, large incoming recruiting class of 31 entering the Texas A&M football program this summer, the staff will need quite a few newcomers to step in and contribute immediately. With fall camp concluded, Aggie Websider's David Sandhop discusses who will likely be on the field when this fall for Kevin Sumlin.


1. Ricky Seals-Jones

He could eventually be Manziel's No. 2 target behind Evans by October. He will make a difference early and often. He's the real deal.


2. Isaiah Golden/Hardreck Walker

Add thin numbers up-front with a very talented, physically-mature freshman and you get playing time.


3. Tommy Sanders

Even though I think he'll be a situational guy because of his size, he is the most explosive LB on the roster and Coach Snyder will use his speed...especially in passing situations.


4. Darian Claiborne

You know he's been my guy even before he signed last February, and even I'm surprised at how well he's played in fall camp. Incredible athlete who has filled out and has good instincts. He'll be the first LB off the bench in most situations.


5. Justin Manning

Observers haven't talked much about him, but he's probably gotten more overall reps than both Golden and Walker. He's explosive and has strong hands.


6. Cameron Clear

I debated whether to move him up, but kept him here because the offense will go without a tight end for a majority of plays. Still, if there is a wild card in this offense, it's Clear. He's such a good blocker, but also has shown the athletic ability to be a downfield threat that Coach McKinney can disguise a lot of things with Clear in the lineup.


7. Quiv Gonzalez

You'll see Gonzalez on special teams quite a bit. His speed is certainly the real deal. I also expect the offense to utilize his speed several times a game.


8. Noel Ellis

He's established himself as the best newcomer in the secondary, mainly as a nickel back. He may not be with the first unit, but with as much rotation that occurs in the secondary, you'll see No. 6 on the field often.


9. Jordan Mastrogiovanni

You don't hear about him much in practice reports because the offense is running a four-wide set. However, the few times the offense went with a tight end and Snyder went to a 4-3 defense, the freshman was in the game even taking a few snaps with the first team. He's much bigger than I imagined and he has good instincts. Both he and Claiborne will anchor the LB corps starting in 2014.


10. Kenny Hill

Hill is one injury away from jumping to No. 1 with a bullet. Hill has positioned himself to land the back-up job and there will be plenty of opportunity to see the field in three of the first four games.


11. Daeshon Hall

Hall has shown some flashes, but still needs a little seasoning. Right now he's behind the Taylor brothers, but don't be surprised to see him on the field early in the season. His upside is incredible and I'm sure the staff is curious to see what they have on game day.


12. Alex Sezer

A lot of people overlooked the mid-term sleeper and figured all of the incoming freshmen corners would quickly pass him up. They didn't. He held his own and consistently ran with the second unit, and on occasion ran with the starters. He's a tough booger with a little attitude.


13. Shaan Washington

Washington has been utilized on 3rd and long passing situations with the second unit. Being a former safety, he brings a coverage element that some linebackers struggle with at times.

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