The eyes of the college football world will be on College Station on Saturday afternoon when the Texas A&M Aggies host the Alabama Crimson Tide, the reigning national champions looking for revenge for last season's loss at home. It's only fitting, then, that the Aggies will be hosting one of the most impressive visitor lists for a game in recent memory.
With at least 25 four- or five-star prospects in the 2014 and 2015 classes expected to take in the game at Kyle Field, the potential recruiting impact if the Aggies win could be tremendous for the future of the program, even though most games -- wins or losses -- don't generally move the needle much for recruits.
This game, however? This is not a normal game, so it somehow seems beyond most recruiting truisms.
Among the 2014 visitors are five-star prospects Jamal Adams, a safety from Lewisville (Texas) Hebron, Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Arlington (Texas) Martin, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr wide receiver Speedy Noil, Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier, and New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr defensive end Gerald Willis.
The Aggies are the overwhelming favorite for Garrett, as the industry consensus in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions has Garrett playing his college football for the Aggies, but A&M isn't considered to be a serious contender for any of the three prospects, except perhaps Adams, who has expressed an affinity for the SEC, but is thought to be leaning heavily to Florida.
The atmosphere during the game and the pageantry surrounding the contest should all play heavily in the favor of the home team, but will it be enough to vault the Aggies into serious contention in those respective recruitments? Only time will tell.
The four-star prospects include two junior college offensive tackles taking official visits in Dontavious Blair and Avery Gennesy, as well as top targets like Arizona defensive end Qualen Cunningham, among others. There are also two committed four-star recruits expected to be in attendance -- Crimson Tide linebacker commit Zach Whitley, who strongly considered A&M before committing to Alabama, and Baylor athlete commit Davion Hall, who is likely there to watch the Tide play, but has also considered the Aggies throughout his recruitment.
In the 2015 class, the Aggies will have two of their current pledges in town -- Houston (Texas) Clear Lake tight end Jordan Davis and Splendora (Texas) running back Jay Bradford, along with Alabama commit Deionte Thompson, a safety from West-Orange (Texas) Stark. Even though A&M already has two running backs locked up in the class among their three commits, Plano (Texas) West's Soso Jamabo and Chris Warren of Rockwall (Texas) will be be at the game, as the Aggies apparently aren't done recruiting at the position.
Other big targets in that class who are expected to attend include Allen (Texas) quarterback Kyler Murray, an A&M legacy, Houston (Texas) Cypress Ridge wide receiver Kemah Siverand, Ennis (Texas) defensive end James Lockhart, and Whitehouse (Texas) safety/outside linebacker Justin Dunning.