The Texas A&M Aggies are currently one of the hottest teams in college football on a national stage, and they are undoubtedly the new powerhouse program in the state of Texas.
The Aggies have always had a solid football program with a great tradition and passionate fanbase. Yet, everything changed in Aggieland two years ago that shaped their future for years to come. First, the Aggies brought in Kevin Sumlin from Houston to be their new head coach. Secondly, the Aggies found a starting redshirt freshman quarterback in Johnny Manziel that worked out fairly well for them. Lastly, the Aggies joined the best conference in college football, the SEC, during the conference’s most dominant decade.
All of that happened within one year at College Station, and it transformed their program in the recruiting aspect as well.
Two years ago, the Aggies finished the season 11-2 with a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma, and Manziel brought home the Heisman Trophy. They also earned a huge road win over eventual national champion Alabama, which proved the Aggies legitimacy in the SEC. That one season alone in 2012 had so many question marks regarding coaching, players and a new conference, and Texas A&M defied all of the odds.
On the recruiting trail, the Aggies saw a vast improvement. In 2011, their last season in the Big 12, the Aggies’ recruiting class ranked 35th in the nation. Yet, their 2012 class finished at no. 16 overall. In 2013 and 2014, they finished in the top-10 at no. 9 and no. 5 respectively in the nation.
Many people sit there and think that because Texas A&M is in the SEC, they are stealing all of the talent from the states of Georgia and Florida, which are the hotbead states for SEC recruiting. However, the Aggies are dominating their own state of Texas and stealing from the Big 12 schools.
In the Aggies’ 2014 class, 15 of the 21 signees are from Texas, with the others hailing from Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Arizona. There is no talent that is being taken away from traditional SEC powers, except possibly a few SEC West teams.
With the University of Texas struggling in recent years since their 2010 national championship loss to Alabama, the Aggies have taken full advantage and have become the one true powerhouse in the state of Texas. Sumlin and the Aggie coaching staff have done a fantastic job with the program and moving it in the right direction. Texas A&M is now a legitimate contender for not only the SEC West title, but the SEC title year in and year out.
If you are a Longhorns fan, you have to cringe, because the era of the Aggies is upon all of us, and it is going nowhere but up.
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