2018 Texas A&M Football Signing Class

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher announced his 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday.

2018 TEXAS A&M FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS (23)

Signees (12) Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown (High School / Previous School)

Beal, Glenn TE 6-5 265 Fr.-HS New Orleans, La. (John Curtis)

Brown, Bobby “Tre” DE 6-4 282 Fr.-HS Arlington, Texas (Lamar)

Corbin, Jashaun RB 6-0 191 Fr.-HS Rockledge, Ala. (Rockledge)

Foster, James QB 6-3 210 Fr.-HS Montgomery,
Ala. (Lanier)

Jackson, Vernon RB 6-3 240 Fr.-HS Boling, Texas (Boling)

Jenkins, Marcus “Tank” OL 6-3 325 Fr.-HS Montgomery, Ala. (Park Crossing)

Johnson, Brian ATH 6-2 185 Fr.-HS Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Martin, Jeremiah DE 6-5 240 Fr.-HS San Bernardino, Calif. (Cajon)

O’Neal, Jr., Leon S 6-1 190 Fr.-HS Cypress, Texas (Cy Springs)

Preston, Jalen WR 6-2 212 Fr.-HS Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Prince, Deneric RB 6-1 196 Fr.-HS Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Strong Jr., Charles RB 6-1 220 Fr.-HS Lake Butler, Fla. (Union County)

Wilson, Tyree DE 6-6 230 Fr.-HS New London, Texas (West Rusk)

Early Signees (10) Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown (High School / Previous School)

+ Blanton, Colten OL 6-7 285 Fr.-HS Cypress, Texas (Cy Ranch)

Chapman, Caleb WR 6-5 210 Fr.-HS Friendswood, Texas (Clear Brook)

Clement, Barton OL 6-3 315 Fr.-HS Missouri City, Texas (Fort Bend Marshall)

Diallo, Mohamed DT 6-4 320 Jr.-JC Toronto, Ontario (Eastern Commerce Collegiate/Arizona Western)

Matthews, Luke OL 6-4 305 Fr.-HS Missouri City, Texas (Elkins)

Moore, Jordan DB 5-11 192 Fr.-HS Yoakum, Texas (Yoakum

Parker, Montel WR 6-2 185 Fr.-HS Dickinson, Texas (Dickinson)

Small, Seth PLK 5-11 190 Fr.-HS Katy, Texas (Katy)

+ Sternberger, Jace TE 6-4 240 Jr.-JC Kingfisher, Okla. (Kingfisher / Northeastern Okla. A&M)

Wright, Max DE 6-4 270 Fr.-HS Katy, Texas (Katy Taylor)

+ -- January enrollee

Signing Class Breakdown

15 signees from state of Texas

11 signees from the Greater Houston area

8 signees from out of state (Second-most in program history)

4 300-pound signees (Most-ever in program history)

1 international signee (First-ever in program history)

Position Breakdown

OL: 4

DE: 4

RB: 4

WR: 3

TE: 2

QB: 1

DB: 1

DT: 1

ATH: 1

SAF: 1

SPEC: 1

Offense/Defense/Special Teams:

Offense: 14

Defense: 8

Special Teams: 1

GLENN BEAL

TE • 6-5 • 265 • Fr.-HS

New Orleans, La.

(John Curtis HS)

Coached by J.T. Curtis at John Curtis High School.

• Named first-team All-Louisiana team by USA TODAY High School Sports in 2017.

• Made 14 catches for 259 yards with two touchdowns in 2017.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 594 nationally, No. 26 tight end, No. 23 in Louisiana.

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 41 tight end, No. 26 in Louisiana.

ESPN -- 3 star, No. 14 tight end, No. 251 Southeast region, No. 18 in Louisiana.

BOBBY “TRE” BROWN

DE • 6-4 • 282 • Fr-HS

Arlington, Texas

(Lamar HS)

Coached by Laban DeLay at Arlington Lamar High School.

• Earned honorable mention District 4-6A recognition after posting 40 tackles with six tackles for loss and three sacks in 2017.

• As a junior, Brown earned first-team District 4-6A honors.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 182 nationally, No. 17 defensive tackle, No. 18 in Texas.

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 206 nationally, No. 11 strongside defensive end, No. 20 in Texas.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 243 nationally, No. 18 defensive tackle, No. 43 Midlands region, No. 33 in Texas.

JASHAUN CORBIN

RB • 6-0 • 191 • FR.-HS

Rockledge, Fla.

(Rockledge HS)

Coached by Wayne Younger at Rockledge High School.

• As a senior at Rockledge, Corbin recorded 2,252 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns.

• Gained 1,022 yards on 107 carries with 11 TDs as a junior in 2016 ... also contributed 25 catches for 619 yards with seven touchdowns.

• Had 205 carries for 1,865 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2015 ... also contributed 19 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns.

• As a freshman in 2014, Corbin contributed 31 carries for 95 yards, 1 TD, 41 catches for 454 yards, 4 TDs.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 261 nationally, No. 8 all-purpose back, No. 49 in Florida.

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 179 nationally, No. 7 all-purpose back, No. 34 in Florida.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 259 nationally, No. 16 running back, No. 126 Southeast region, No. 56 in Florida.

JAMES FOSTER

QB • 6-3 • 210 • FR.-HS

Montgomery, Ala.

(Lanier HS)

Coached by Marvin Cunningham at Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala.

• Completed 200-of-300 passes for 2,912 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2017 to earn honorable mention all-state recognition by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

247 Sports -- No. 271 nationally, No. 12 dual threat quarterback, No. 10 in Alabama.

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 18 dual threat quarterback, No. 11 in Alabama.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 124 nationally, No. 9 dual threat quarterback, No. 64 in Southeast region, No. 5 in Alabama.

VERNON JACKSON

RB • 6-3 • 240 • FR.-HS

Boling, Texas.

(Boling HS)

Coached by Kevin Urbanek at Boling High School.

• Named the District 14-3A Offensive MVP after rushing for 2,560 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior in 2017.

• As a junior, Jackson was named the District 14-3A MVP and honorable mention TSWA all-state honors at quarterback.

• As a sophomore, he earned first-team all-district honors at quarterback.

• As a freshman, Jackson was named the District 13-3A Newcomer of the Year.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 357 nationally, No. 20 athlete, No. 48 in Texas.

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 27 athlete, No. 56 in Texas.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 23 athlete, No. 54 Midlands region, No. 41 in Texas.

MARCUS “TANK” JENKINS

OL • 6-3 • 325 • FR.-HS

Montgomery, Ala.

(Park Crossing HS)

Coached by Walter Grider at Park Crossing High School in Montgomery, Ala.

• First-team Class 6A all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2017.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 253 nationally, No. 11 guard, No. 8 in Alabama.

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 22 guard, No. 7 in Alabama.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 260 nationally, No. 13 guard, No. 127 in Southeast region, No. 9 in Alabama.

BRIAN JOHNSON

ATH • 6-2 • 185 • FR.-HS

Manvel, Texas

(Manvel HS)

Coached by Kirk Martin at Manvel High School.

• As a senior, Johnson made 58 tackles (51 solos), with two sacks, one interception for a touchdown and two sacks for a 14-1 team.

• As a junior, he contributed 62 tackles, including six tackles for loss ... also had an interception, seven passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles.

• Posted 59 tackles, including six tackles for loss, as a sophomore.

247 Sports --3 star, No. 623 nationally, No. 43 safety, No. 86 in Texas.

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 39 outside linebacker, No. 66 in Texas.

ESPN -- 3 star, No. 37 outside linebacker, No. 136 in the Midlands region, No. 106 in Texas.

JEREMIAH MARTIN

DE • 6-5 • 240 • FR.-HS

San Bernardino, Calif.

(Cajon HS)

Coached by Nick Rogers at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif.

• Earned second-team All-California honors from the USA TODAY High School Sports in 2017 ... earned Div. 4 All-CIF honors in 2017.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 254 nationally, No. 15 weakside defensive end, No. 35 in California.

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 194 nationally, No. 9 weakside defensive end, No. 28 in California.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 40 defensive end, No. 65 in West region, No. 45 in California.

LEON O’NEAL JR.

SAF • 6-1 • 190 • FR.-HS

Cypress, Texas.

(Cypress Springs HS)

Coached by Rick Cobia at Cypress Springs High School.

• U.S. Army All-American

• The Opening Finals participant

• As a senior, O’Neal posted 78 tackles with five forced fumbles, four passes broken up and four tackles for loss in 2017.

Earned second-team all-district honors as junior after making 86 tackles with two pickoffs and four passes broken up in 2016.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 75 nationally, No. 8 safety, No. 8 in Texas.

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 94 nationally, No. 8 safety, No. 9 in Texas.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 125 nationally, No. 9 safety, No. 23 in Midlands region, No. 17 in Texas.

JALEN PRESTON

WR • 6-2 • 212 • FR.-HS

Manvel, Texas

(Manvel HS)

Coached by Kirk Martin at Manvel High School.

• Under Armour All-American

• The Opening Finals participant

• Grabbed 47 catches for 1,096 yards and 13 touchdowns for a 14-1 team in 2017 ... earned All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle and was the District 23-5A MVP ... had three touchdowns in the state title game ... also gained 261 rushing yards and had six rushing scores ... contributed a touchdown via punt return and kickoff return.

• As a junior, Preston made 33 catches for 664 yards and 10 scores ... also had three return touchdowns and was named the District 23-5A Special Teams MVP.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 95 nationally, No. 18 wide receiver, No. 9 in Texas.

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 90 nationally, No. 16 wide receiver, No. 7 in Texas.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 61 nationally, No. 8 wide receiver, No. 8 in Midlands region, No. 7 in Texas.

DENERIC PRINCE

RB • 6-1 • 196 • FR.-HS

Manvel, Texas

(Manvel HS)

Coached by Kirk Martin at Manvel High School.

• Earned second-team all-district honors after rushing for 863 yards and 10 touchdowns on 105 attempts for a 14-1 team as a senior in 2017.

• As a junior, Prince rushed for 417 yards and eight touchdowns on 69 carries.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 1,007 nationally, No. 54 running back, No. 142 in Texas.

Rivals -- 3 star.

ESPN -- 3 star, No. 43 running back, No. 182 in Midlands region, No. 147 in Texas.

CHARLES STRONG JR.

RB • 6-1 • 220 • FR.-HS

Lake Butler, Fla.

(Union County HS)

Coached by Ronny Pruitt at Union County High School in Lake Butler, Fla.

• Rushed for nearly 4,000 career yards and scored 48 touchdowns in four seasons at Union County HS.

• Rushed for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns on 186 carries as a senior.

• As a junior, Strong rushed for 1,279 yards and 18 touchdowns on 209 attempts.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 607 nationally, No. 27 running back, No. 95 in Florida.

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 17 running back, No. 83 in Florida.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 37 running back, No. 214 in Southeast region, No. 81 in Texas.

TYREE WILSON

DE • 6-6 • 230 • FR.-HS

New London, Texas

(West Rusk HS)

Coached by John Frazier at West Rusk High School in New London, Texas.

• Contributed 249 career tackles with 60 tackles for loss in three high school seasons at West Rusk HS.

• Named the Texas District 9-3A Defensive MVP as a senior and an AP Class 3A second-team all-state selection after making 126 tackles, including 38 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries for a 10-2 team ... Texas APSE Class 3A second all-state selection.

• Was a first-team all-district selection at OLB as a junior after making 74 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and four sacks.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 471 nationally, No. 23 weakside defensive end, No. 67 in Texas.

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 26 weakside defensive end, No. 65 in Texas.

ESPN -- 3 star, No. 73 outside linebacker, No. 202 in Midlands region, No. 162 in Texas.

Early Signees

COLTEN BLANTON

OL • 6-7 • 285 • FR.-HS

Cypress, Texas

(Cypress Ranch HS)

Coached by Gene Johnson at Cypress Ranch High School.

• Enrolled at Texas A&M in January 2018.

• U.S. Army All-American

• Earned Texas APSE Class 6A honorable mention all-state recognition after posting 85 knockdowns and 57 pancake blocks for 8-3 team in 2017 ... named to Dave Campbell’s Magazine Preseason Super Team and the publication’s Postseason Tops in Texas First Team … Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year finalist ... Second-team All-Greater Houston by the Houston Chronicle.

• As a junior, Blanton earned first-team All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 152 nationally, No. 12 offensive tackle, No. 14 in Texas.

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 26 offensive tackle, No. 37 in Texas.

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 152 nationally, No. 12 offensive tackle, No. 31 in Midlands region, No. 24 in Texas.

CALEB CHAPMAN

WR • 6-5 • 210 • FR.-HS

Friendswood, Texas

(Clear Brook HS)

Coached by Mike Allison at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Texas.

• Named to the Texas APSE Class 6A honorable mention all-state team after making 43 catches for 626 yards and 17 touchdowns for a 5-4 team in 2017 ... Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year finalist ... earned second-team All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle.

• As a junior, Chapman reeled in 64 catches for 1,049 yards and 17 touchdowns.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 353 nationally, No. 60 wide receiver, No. 47 in Texas

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 55 wide receiver, No. 42 in Texas

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 77 wide receiver, No. 77 in Midlands region, No. 61 in Texas

BARTON CLEMENT

OL • 6-3 • 315 • FR.-HS

Missouri City, Texas

(Marshall HS)

Coached by James Williams at Fort Bend Marshall High School.

• Earned first-team All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle in 2016 and 2017.

• Named to Dave Campbell’s Magazine Postseason Tops in Texas First Team in 2017.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 379 nationally, No. 18 guard, No. 51 in Texas

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 15 guard, No. 35 in Texas

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 20 guard, No. 67 in Midlands region, No. 53 in Texas

MOHAMED DIALLO

DT • 6-4 • 320 • JR.-JUCO

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

(Eastern Commerce Collegiate / Arizona Western)

Coached by Tom Minnick at Arizona Western College.

• Posted 19 tackles, including two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore at Arizona Western ... finished his junior college career with 30 tackles, five tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 56 nationally (JUCO), No. 15 defensive tackle

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 79 nationally (JUCO)

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 27 nationally (JUCO), No. 3 defensive tackle

LUKE MATTHEWS

OL • 6-4 • 305 • FR.-HS

Missouri City, Texas

(Elkins HS)

Coached by Dennis Brantley at Fort Bend Elkins High School.

• U.S. Army All-American

• Averaged three pancake blocks per game and graded at 92 percent for a 2-6 team in 2017 ... earned All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle ... named to the Texas APSE Class 6A honorable mention all-state team ... selected to Dave Campbell’s Magazine Preseason Super Team in 2017 and also earned the publication’s Postseason Tops in Texas honors … named a Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year finalist.

• As a junior, Matthews earned second-team All-Greater Houston honors.

• Luke is the latest Matthews family member to sign with the Aggies, following brothers Kevin, Jake and Mike Matthews to don the Maroon & White … father, Bruce, was inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2007 after a stellar 19-year career with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 367 nationally, No. 17 offensive guard, No. 50 in Texas

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 28 guard, No. 73 in Texas

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 18 guard, No. 64 in Midlands region, No. 51 in Texas

JORDAN MOORE

CB • 5-11 • 192 • FR.-HS

Yoakum, Texas

(Yoakum HS)

Coached by Bo Robinson at Yoakum High School.

• Contributed 117 tackles, 11 passes broken up and seven interceptions for 13-2 team in 2017 ... on offense, he rushed for 1,411 yards and 16 touchdowns and had 29 catches for 735 yards and 11 scores ... earned second-team All-Texas honors from the USA TODAY High School Sports ... named to the Texas APSE Class 3A first-team all-state team

• As a junior, Moore posted 11 interceptions, including five that he returned for touchdowns ... offensively, he contributed 507 rushing yards and eight touchdowns and 774 receiving yards with 11 scores

• As a sophomore, Moore posted eight interceptions on defense and rushed for 1,066 yards and 22 touchdowns on offense ... added another 200 yards through the air.

247 Sports --4 star, No. 225 nationally, No. 19 safety, No. 28 in Texas

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 13 athlete, No. 27 in Texas

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 172 nationally, No. 16 athlete, No. 35 in Midlands region, No. 27 in Texas

MONTEL PARKER

WR • 6-2 • 185 • FR.-HS

Dickinson, Texas

(Dickinson HS)

Coached by John Snelson at Dickinson High School.

• A versatile player, Parker completed his prep career with 2,400 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns.

• As a senior, Parker posted 25 catches for 354 yards and three touchdowns ... added 385 rushing yards and five scores and completed 33-of-52 pass attempts for 538 yards and seven touchdowns for an 8-3 team.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 388 nationally, No. 66 wide receiver, No. 54 in Texas

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 91 in Texas

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 56 wide receiver, No. 61 in Midlands region, No. 48 in Texas

SETH SMALL

PK • 5-11 • 190 • FR.-HS

Katy, Texas

(Katy HS)

Coached by Gary Joseph at Katy High School.

• Under Armour All-American

• For his prep career, Small was successful on 30-of-43 field goals and 161-of-164 extra points with a long field goal of 50 yards.

• Earned All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle after making 13-of-21 field goals and 69-of-69 extra points as a senior ... also earned first-team All-Texas honors from the USA TODAY High School Sports ... District 19-6A Special Teams Player of the Year and first-team all-district pick at placekicker and punter.

• As a junior, Small connected on 13-of-30 field goals and 79-of-79 point after attempts ... District 19-6A Special Teams Player of the Year and first-team all-district pick at placekicker and punter.

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 11 placekicker, No. 277 in Texas

ESPN -- 3 star, No. 3 placekicker, No. 160 in Midlands region, No. 126 in Texas

JACE STERNBERGER

TE • 6-4 • 240 • JR.-JUCO

Kingfisher, Okla.

(Kingfisher HS / Northeast Oklahoma A&M)

Coached by Clay Patterson at Northeast Oklahoma A&M.

• Enrolled at Texas A&M in January 2018.

• Registered 21 catches for 336 yards and six TDs at NEO in 2017

• Originally signed with the University of Kansas in 2015 ... saw action in 10 games with one catch as a redshirt freshman in 2016 ... also contributed a pair of tackles on special teams.

• Was rated a two-star recruit as a senior at Kingfisher where he was a standout on offense and defense ... grabbed 42 passes for 390 yards and eight touchdowns at tight end and garnered 53 tackles, 23 tackles-for-loss, 21 sacks, three forced fumbles and six pass breakups at defensive end.

• Helped Kingfisher to a state championship in 2013 after recording nine catches for 191 yards and four touchdowns on offense, while also securing 39 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five pass breakups and four forced fumbles on defense

• Earned 10 letters during his time at Kingfisher participating in basketball, football and track

247 Sports -- 3 star, No. 36 nationally (JUCO), No. 2 tight end

Rivals -- 3 star, No. 53 nationally (JUCO)

ESPN -- 3 star, No. 15 tight end, No. 184 in Midlands region, No. 10 in Oklahoma in 2015

MAX WRIGHT

DE • 6-4 • 270 • FR.-HS

Katy, Texas

(Katy Taylor HS)

Coached by Chad Simmons at Katy Taylor High School.

• Named to Dave Campbell’s Magazine Preseason Super Team, but had his senior season cut short by an injury.

• As a junior, Wright was a second-team AP Class 6A all-state selection after making 70 tackles, including nine sacks and 18 tackles for loss ... first-team District 19-6A selection.

247 Sports -- 4 star, No. 190 nationally, No. 8 strongside defensive end, No. 22 in Texas

Rivals -- 4 star, No. 143 nationally, No. 10 strongside defensive end, No. 12 in Texas

ESPN -- 4 star, No. 34 defensive end, No. 62 in Midlands region, No. 49 in Texas