Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman candidate Johnny Manziel almost wasn’t an Aggie.
Two years ago when the Kerrville product was on the recruiting trail, he had committed to Chip Kelly and Oregon before ultimately changing his mind and electing to stay with the in-state program.
Can you imagine how the landscape of the 2012 college football season–and the next three years for that matter–would be different had Manziel stuck with his commitment to the Ducks?
Texas A&M likely is not enjoying the season they are having, they are currently No. 8 in the latest BCS rankings after defeating former No. 1 Alabama on the road last week, without Manziel’s efforts.
Furthermore, the 8-2 record would look more like 6-4 or even 5-5 without the redshirt phenom directing Kevin Sumlin’s offense, and is one of the most valuable players in college football.
The cult hero status that Manziel, affectionately known as ‘Johnny Football’ enjoys, the Aggie fan base should be thankful that Manziel did what so many teenagers did two years ago and changed his mind.
Don’t feel too bad for Oregon though, because in that very same recruiting class they picked up a commit from Marcus Mariota, and has 28 touchdowns on the season–and is coming off a six touchdown performance vs. California last week, and is a Heisman candidate in his own right.
Had Manziel and Mariota both committed to Oregon it would have meant that college football would be missing out on one of the more promising young quarterbacks in the game, and if neither transferred, one likely would be playing wide receiver right now.
As fate would have it, both have made the right choice and the two may even see each other next month at the Heisman ceremony.
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