Texas A&M has signed a player who could replace Johnny Football and another who should boost its struggling defense.
The Aggies signed Kyle Allen, who is rated the top quarterback prospect in the nation, to compete for the job left open when 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft last month. Allen threw for more than 8,000 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career at Desert Mountain high school in Scottsdale, Ariz.
They also inked the No. 1 rated defensive end in Arlington Martin's Myles Garrett. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Garrett had 81 tackles and 19 Â½ sacks last season.
A third standout in the 22-player class, which is ranked No. 6 by Rivals.com and fifth by Scout.com, is athlete Devante "Speedy" Noil.
Texas A&M's 2014 football signees announced Wednesday:
Otaro Alaka, lb, 6-3, 210, Cypress Falls HS, Houston
Kyle Allen, qb, 6-3, 200, Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Cedric Collins, db, 5-10, 165, Skyline HS, Dallas
Qualen Cunningham, de, 6-3, 220, Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
Kealvin "Tank" Davis, ol, 6-4, 265, Lakeview Centennial HS, Garland, Texas
Jermaine Eluemunor, ol, 6-4, 315, Lackawanna College (Pa.)
Myles Garrett, de, 6-5, 250, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas
Avery Gennesy, ol, 6-5, 310, East Mississippi CC
J.J. Gustafson, ol, 6-5, 275, Jesuit HS, Dallas
Nick Harvey, db, 5-10, 180, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas
Zaycoven Henderson, dt, 6-1, 310, Longview (Texas) HS
Frank Iheanacho, wr, 6-6, 220, Westside HS, Houston
Jamal Jeffery, wr, 5-9, 175, Lufkin (Texas) HS
Jarrett Johnson, de, 6-3, 240, Seven Lakes HS, Katy, Texas
Zach Ledwik, ol, 6-5, 270, La Grange (Texas) HS
Koda Martin, ol, 6-6, 275, Manvel (Texas) HS
Devante "Speedy" Noil, wr, 5-11, 190, Edna Karr HS, New Orleans
Josh Reynolds, wr, 6-4, 190, Tyler JC (Texas)
Josh Walker, lb, 6-1, 220, Gilmer (Texas) HS
DeShawn Washington, dt, 6-3, 285, Nederland (Texas) HS
Armani Watts, db, 5-11, 175, North Forney HS, Forney, Texas
Donovan Wilson, db, 6-1, 185, Woodlawn HS, Shreveport, La.