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Texas A&M’s biggest needs, top targets on the 2018 recruiting trail

Kevin Sumlin

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COLLEGE STATION Texas — Texas A&M had a sneaky good 2017 recruiting class that was not flashy by any means, yet finished near the top 10 nationally. The Aggies addressed nearly every need they had.

Kevin Sumlin and his staff are looking toward a promising 2018 class filled with talent across the Lone Star State – especially in nearby Houston. Here’s an early look at three positions A&M will seek to fill in the next recruiting cycle.

1. Running back: The Aggies only signed one back in their 2017 class – three-star Jacob Kibodi. A&M just lost James White as a transfer to Lamar, and power back Keith Ford will be a senior this season. The Aggies will be in the market for multiple running backs in the 2018 class.

2. Defensive end: This was the one area where the Aggies look to have fallen a bit short in the 2017 class. Plus, A&M will lose seniors Qualen Cunningham and Jarrett Johnson after the ’17 season, leaving the Aggies thin off the edge. Expect the Aggies to pursue top-end pass rushers who can compete for a starting spot from the get-go.

3. Offensive tackle: The state of Texas offers numerous promising tackle prospects in the 2018 class, and several of the marquee recruits have the Aggies at the top of their list. A&M would not mind stockpiling up front. Four-star tackle prospect Colton Blanton already has committed.

Read on as recruiting editor Ryan Green takes a look at 10 prospects sure to entice the Aggies in the 2018 class. The players are listed alphabetically.

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