Texas A&M Aggies: Becoming a Recruiting Juggernaut
- Updated: May 30, 2014
The Texas A&M Aggies looked as though they were going to go through a long rebuilding process as the NFL draft gobbled up most of their talent. To make matters worse they lost some very big names that draw television ratings and that just so happened to be their quarterback.
Although it looks as though Johnny Manziel will steal the headlines on Sunday afternoons, the Aggies believe they have found their future. The nation’s top-ranked high school quarterback is off the board now that No. 14 overall recruit Kyler Murray has committed to Texas A&M — another huge recruiting victory for the Aggies. This is very good news for a fan base that was worried about swimming in mediocrity for years to come.
The Aggies had some big time competition for this to billed prospect. Murray, who picked A&M over Oregon and Auburn, chose to follow in the footsteps of his father, Kevin, who was a two-time All-American with the Aggies. Despite the family connection, the Ducks and Tigers made late pushes before Murray made his final decision Tuesday night. Ultimately the connection to the school and his father’s legacy won out.
The Aggies have become a recruiting juggernaut. The Aggies now have commitments from two of the state’s top three prospects in Murray and defensive tackle Daylon Mack (No. 15 recruit). They also are squarely in the mix for the top-ranked prospect in Texas, No. 12-rated Kendall Sheffield, who is a cornerback. The state’s top-ranked prospect in 2014 (No. 4 overall), defensive end Myles Garrett, also signed with Texas A&M. The Aggies have ascended every year in the recruiting rankings under coach Kevin Sumlin, going from No. 15 in 2012 to No. 8 in 2014 and No. 4 this past year. That is exactly how great football programs are born and continue to succeed for years to come.
The Aggies were not done there. One day after receiving a commitment from 5-star quarterback Kyler Murray, the Aggies have added Houston wide receiver Kemah Siverand. Siverand, a 6’0″, 183-pound Cypress Ridge High School standout joins fellow Houston product Jordan Davis, a 4-star tight end, as premier pass targets in Texas A&M’s 2015 class. This is exactly a great start for a team that is building a winning tradition that could last for decades. The sky is the limit for this team, especially if they continue to recruit at this rate.
The Aggies lost one of their more well-known players in Johnny Football, but if this class pans out, they could soon be following another quarterback. In fact if they keep it up at this rate they could be celebrating another accomplishment, a National Championship.