Signing Day Special: Impact Recruits
Now that the craziness of Signing Day is over, let’s dive into the top commits to each school that could potentially make an impact on September 5th:
Joseph “JoJo” Wicker, DT – Long Beach Poly HS, CA: Wicker’s recruitment ran all the way up until his announcement on Signing Day, but he’ll likely be well worth the wait. The four star defensive tackle was ranked as the 95th best player in the country by Rivals and one of the top players in California. At 6’2″ and 275 pounds, Wicker has room to grow and already has exceptional quickness and strength, which allowed him to basically set up shot in opponents’ backfields throughout the year. ASU is somewhat thin at defensive tackle, giving Wicker the opportunity to jump in and make in impact right away.
Stanley “Scrappy” Norman, CB/ATH – Juniper Serra HS, CA: The aptly nicknamed Norman played both sides of the ball in HS but likely projects at cornerback in college. While somewhat smaller in size (weighing in at around 170 pounds) the versatile athlete had 8 interceptions throughout his HS career and has exceptional lateral quickness and drive to the ball. Norman’s talent and potential landed him offers from a number of the top programs in the country, including Florida State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee. That talent level could make it difficult to keep Norman off the field on September 5th no matter what position he ends up playing for the Sun Devils.
Jaason Lewis ATH – Ocean Lakes HS, VA: Lewis, who had been committed to the Sun Devils since September but picked up a number of late offers thanks to a strong senior season, stuck with the Sun Devils on Wednesday. At 6’4″ and 246 pounds, the versatile Lewis could play a number of positions, including runningback, tight end/h-back or even defense. The Virginia Player of the Year finished as one of six four star recruits (Rivals) in the Sun Devils’ class and held offers from Nebraska, Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State and LSU.
Daylon Mack, DT – Gladewater HS, TX: The Aggies pulled down another in a line of impressive classes in 2015, and in no place did a need match up more with an exceptional talent than with their snag of five star defensive tackle Daylon Mack. A&M’s explosive offense has been somewhat let down by a struggling defense over the last two years, but that’s something new coordinator John Chavis hopes to fix, he’s got a great starting piece in Mack. The number 6 player in the country (according to ESPN) dominated the Under Armor All Star Game against some of the best HS competition in the country. At 6’5″ and 330 pounds, Mack already possesses the size and quickness to compete in the SEC and could see significant playing time from the start.
Justin Evans, S – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, MS: The Aggies pulled Evans away from offers from Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Ole Miss and Nebraska, in the process helping to shore up some major depth issues in the defensive backfield. The Aggies only return two safeties with any experience in 2015, so Evans, along with fellow safety signees Larry Prior Jr. and Justin Dunning, could all see playing time on September 5th. Evans was the number one JUCO safety in ESPN’s rankings after finishing his two year career at MGCC with 86 tackles and 6 interceptions. That experience may allow Evans to have a leg up on Prior & Dunning, however all three add much needed depth to the safety position for the Aggies.
Kyler Murray, QB – Allen High School, TX: Two factors (the upcoming Major League Baseball draft and incumbent QB Kyle Allen) could prevent the two time Mr. Texas Football winner from seeing the field at A&M, but Murray is a generational talent and one of the most decorated players in Texas HS football history. After winning the first of three consecutive state titles in his first year starting at Allen as a sophomore, Murray accumulated an astonishing 10,377 total yards and 133 (!) total touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons, which averages out to roughly 345 total yards and 4.5 touchdowns per game. Allen, a former five star himself, will have a leg up having already spent a year in Sumlin’s offense, but this will definitely be a battle to watch throughout the summer.