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December 19, 2013

Aggies add five midtermers

Last year, Texas A&M brought in nine new players at the midterm, and several of them made an impact on the 2013 season. This year, the haul is smaller, but could be equally important. It also includes the nation's top-ranked high school quarterback.

The crown jewel of the entrants is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain QB Kyle Allen, rated a 5-star recruit and the nation's best pro-style passer by Rivals.com. Allen chose the Aggies over a Who's Who list of offers, including ones from Alabama, UCLA, Ohio State, Notre Dame and nearby Arizona State. The six foot, three inch, 195 pound Allen threw for 8,201 yards and 86 touchdowns against 32 interceptions while completing exactly two-thirds of his passes during his college career. He'll have a chance to compete with sophomore-to-be Kenny Hill and rising redshirt senior Matt Joeckel for the starting job.

The Aggies also added a pair of junior college offensive linemen, Avery Gennesy and Jermaine Eluemunor. The six foot, five inch, 305 pound Gennesy, from East Mississippi Community College, picked A&M over Georgia, Ole Miss and Ohio State, among others. He was named first-team NJCAA All-American as well as All-Region honor and was honored as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division Offensive Line MVP.

Eluemunor took a while to settle on his final choice -- he was previously committed to UCLA and Arkansas -- but was a major get for the Aggies. A four-star prospect, the six foot, four inch, 315 pound native of England racked up an impressive 21 offers, including ones from Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State.

A&M also added a third offensive lineman, one who had been committed for a very long time. J.J. Gustafson committed to the Aggies in February 2012, but didn't sign his papers on signing day 2013 due to a leg injury. Now fully recovered, the 6 foot, 6 inch, 275 pound Gustafson will join Dallas Jesuit teammates Jordan Mastrogiovanni and Cody Wicker on the Aggie football team.

The most recent Aggie commit is also officially part of the program. Wideout Joshua Reynolds from Tyler Junior College, who picked the Aggies over TCU and Oregon two weeks ago, had a team-leading 39 receptions for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns in his sole season at TJC. The six foot, three inch, 180 pound Reynolds will have four years to play three at A&M.

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