Now that the early signing period and various all-star games have come and gone, all the attention in the recruiting world turns to the February 7 National Signing Day.
Despite the unexpectedly high number of recruits who signed during the early signing period (about two-thirds of the FBS prospects already have signed), there are numerous big-time prospects who still are out there.
Texas A&M signed 10 during the December early signing period, and there is still much work to do in College Station for Jimbo Fisher and his staff to complete the 2018 recruiting class.
Here is a look at one uncommitted prospect on each side of the ball that Fisher would love to get before the 2018 recruiting cycle comes to an end.
WR Jaylen Waddle
The particulars: Waddle (5 feet 9, 175 pounds) is from Houston Episcopal.
The skinny: Waddle, a four-star recruit, is among the top 10 wide receivers in the country and a top-50 overall prospect. Waddle appears to be favoring Texas A&M and Alabama, with Florida State, TCU and Texas still in the mix as well. Fisher visited him shortly after being hired, and Waddle made an official visit to College Station on December 8. Fisher is no stranger to Waddle’s high school: Fisher was able to land five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson last year. Landing Waddle would put the finishing touches on a solid wide receiving class for the Aggies, who already have three-star receivers Montel Parker and Caleb Chapman signed and four-star receiver Jalen Preston committed.
S Leon O’Neal Jr.
The particulars: O’Neal (6 feet 1, 190 pounds) is from Cypress (Texas) Cy Springs, in the Houston suburbs.
The skinny: A four-star prospect, O’Neal is among the top 10 safeties in the country and a top-100 recruit overall. O’Neal may be the biggest priority for Fisher. O’Neal was committed to Texas A&M for almost six months before decommitting on December 2 following the firing of Kevin Sumlin. O’Neal not only was one of the best players in the Aggies’ 2018 class, but he was also one of their best recruiters. It is vital for the 2018 class that Fisher and his new staff are able to bring O’Neal back in the fold. O’Neal also is receiving big-time interest from Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma, and is scheduled to be in Athens this weekend. A&M has one safety, four-star prospect Jordan Moore, signed or committed. Aggies fans also need to keep a eye on five-star cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart (San Diego Helix), who is considering A&M along with Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and USC.
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