The Aggies' move to the SEC continues to pay huge dividends, as coach Kevin Sumlin signed what is being called one of the best classes in school history. Texas A&M's class of 22 signees was ranked No. 4 in the country by ESPN RecruitingNation, and Sumlin spent half of his available scholarships trying to shore up the Aggies' porous defense. Myles Garrett of Arlington, Texas, the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the country, chose the Aggies over Alabama, Ohio State, TCU and Florida State. He might be able to help the Aggies' inconsistent pass rush immediately. Wide receiver Speedy Noil of New Orleans (No. 1 athlete) and quarterback Kyle Allen (No. 1 pocket passer) have already enrolled in classes and will participate in spring practice. Allen, from Scottsdale, Ariz., will battle senior Matt Joeckel and sophomore Kenny Hill for the unenviable job of replacing departed starter Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Juco linemen Avery Gennesy and Jermaine Eluemunor might be able to help on the offensive line right away, after the Aggies lost All-America left tackle Jake Matthews.
North Carolina's recruiting class wasn't ranked in the top 25 nationally and was probably in the middle of the pack in the ACC, but coach Larry Fedora continued to upgrade the Tar Heels' needs and build depth. The prized signee was running back Elijah Hood of Charlotte, N.C., who ran for 3,609 yards last season, the second-most in state history. Hood has already enrolled in classes at UNC and seems like a perfect fit for Fedora's spread offense. Wide receiver Austin Proehl of Charlotte is the son of longtime NFL receiver Ricky Proehl. Fedora is handing over play calling to new assistant head coach for offense/tight ends coach Seth Littrell, who spent the past two seasons as Indiana's offensive coordinator. He replaces former offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who left to become Arkansas State's head coach.
Coach Brian Kelly didn't deliver his highest-ranked recruiting class at Notre Dame, but it was still ranked No. 11 in the country and might end up being his most important because it's so lineman-heavy. Twelve of Notre Dame's 23 signees are projected to play on either the offensive line or defensive line, including No. 7 offensive tackle Alex Bars of Nashville and No. 10 defensive end Andrew Trumbetti of Demarest, N.J. Kelly wants his team to get stronger in the trenches, and there's immediate help needed on the defensive line, after Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III left early for the NFL draft. The Irish also wanted to get more athletic at linebacker, and No. 5 inside linebacker Nyles Morgan and No. 11 inside linebacker Greer Martini fill that need. The biggest addition might be quarterback Everett Golson, who returned to school after missing the 2013 season because of an academic suspension. With Golson back under center, the Irish figure to be more consistent on offense this coming season.