Friday, April 10, 2009

Texas A&M-Kingsville - 2009 Recruiting Class

Need Help:
Running Back - lost leading rusher Billy Martin (2nd LSC South), who rushed for 730 yds and 5 TDs. Mryon Brew and Joe Williams return.

Need Depth:
Wide Receiver - lost leading receiver Jareko Taylor, Clavens Charles, Dante Higgins and Chase Nesbitt (a combined 101 receptions for 1,482 yards and 13 TDs). Ryan Lincoln, Damian Couthren and Darryl Malone do return. The trio combined for 106 receptions, 1,513 yards and 9 TDs.

Linebacker - lost three-year starter Mike Martinez and reserve Alex Lozano, but return Marcus Sanders, Arlen Childress and Hector Sobers.

Good Quality/Depth:
Quarterback - Starter Billy Garza and the top two backups (Daniel Ramirez and Logan Morris) all return. Nate Poppell also "had a really good spring" according to coach Atterberry. Garza and Morris are seniors, so some future prospects would be helpful.

Offensive Line - all five starters return, including Markeith Wesley (1st LSC South) and Jorge Guerra (HM LSC South) for their fourth year together as starters. Three of the starters will be seniors, so this is another area that needs prospects for the future.

Defensive Line - Starting defensive end Tyrell Herndon has moved on, but everyone else is back, including Jimmy Saddler-McQueen (Co-LSC South Defensive Lineman of the year) and Jimmy Lugo (HM LSC South). Jeff Edwards and Michael Talamantez should combine to replace Herndon, and Dondi Cooks and Jason Garcia will man the defensive tackle position opposite McQueen.

Defensive Backs: Jabir Perkins, the LSC South defensive back of the year, is gone, but 5 players who started at least 6 games (and all with 40+ tackles) are back. Three are seniors, so the team needs to look to the future.

The Javelinas made great strides last year, finishing one spot out of the NCAA playoffs, and they should be better this year, with 8 starters returning on both offense and defense. One spot that needed some attention was at running back. A healthy Joe Williams and returning Myron Brew will be joined by Connell Davis, a transfer from the University of Missouri, who flashed great potential this spring . Though there is no glaring hole at linebacker, Aaron Buckley (a 2008 Texas A&M signee) and Nathan Goldie "had good springs and will likely see a lot of playing time" this fall. Buckley redshirted at A&M last year, and has four years of eligibility remaining. Marc Kinney had a strong spring at safety, and should be ready to contribute. Ray Quintanilla, slowed by injuries this spring, is expected to be a big contributor in the fall on the offensive line.

With the team deep at most positions, TAMK may be in a position to redshirt most of their freshman class. Some players to watch for in the future: QB - Erik Nino and Dean Brantley; WR - Vernon Rogers and Robert Armstrong; OL Marcus Stager, Devin Shaw and Brady Brown; DL - Kier Wells; LB - Tronte Robinson; DB - Anthony Washington and Lavar Hart; K- Matt Stoll.

LSC Ranking - 3rd

Overall Grade - A
The Javelinas addressed their immediate needs with some talented transfers. The high school recruiting class is talented and has solid prospects at every position. There does not appear to be a need to rush them into playing before they are ready.

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