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A&M roll continues with Nick Harvey commitment
November 29, 2012By David McNabb of VYPE MAGAZINE - DFW
Nov. 30 _ LaPorte linebacker Hoza Scott, who has rather big game vs. Katy in Class 5A DII state playoffs this week, takes time out to re-inforce VYPEDFW story of Nov. 8. After Scott all but "officially" commits to Texas A&M for Class of 2014, he tells ESPN's @Max_Olson : “A&M is heading in a great direction. UT, I like them, still but it seems like they’re falling apart."
Nov. 27 _ The latest sign of AggieMania? Lancaster athlete Nick Harvey, who compares to former Euless Trinity and current TCU sophomore receiver Brandon Carter, has tweeted this morning he's committed to Texas A&M. Harvey has started at Lancaster since he was a freshman. Harvey filled in as a freshman quarterback but has played safety, running back, receiver and Wild-formation QB for Lancaster, which has advanced to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs with last week's victory over Lovejoy.
Lancaster (11-1) play Prosper (10-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Garland's Homer B. Johnson Stadium for Aggies looking to get a glimpse of the dynamic Harvey.
VYPEDW Reported in Nov. 8 (BB: Before Bama11/10/12)
Has Hell frozen over?
Texas A&M, with its gamble of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, seems to be getting huge returns on its bet. A&M’s move to the nation’s top football conference and the Aggies’ success is cracking a century-long edge the University of Texas has had concerning top in-state football recruits. Never, let me emphasize, NEVER in covering recruiting for more than 30 years in Texas, has A&M buzz been as equal as it is right now to Texas. Not even during the Aggies' success under Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum was A&M the same status as getting that UT offer.
That has changed.
While A&M was questioned for its move from its traditional ties because of disputes with Texas over the years, A&M’s better-than-expected competitiveness in the SEC has resulted in greatly upgrading the Aggies’ recruiting image. A&M certainly had some strong recruiting years in the late 1980s under Sherrill, but those were the days many of the top players in the state left for programs around the country _ USC, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Notre Dame and more dominated the Top 100 prospect lists.
The A&M cycle is up and not seeming as susceptible to programs outside the state. Texas is experiencing a disappointing season with early, high-profile losses to Oklahoma and West Virginia. Texas’ struggles the last two years has greatly tarnished some of the image the Longhorns built with the 2006 BCS national championship win over USC.
Texas’ top recruits over the last three years have largely been seen as under-achieving and a once high NFL rating has dropped considerably. Players and parents across the state have noticed the Aggies’ profile is on the rise. While A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive end Von Miller have been recruits not offered by Texas in recent years they’ve blossomed into top college players and high NFL draft picks _ and believe me that’s getting noticed. #$$$
There's the flip side as well. How many many heralded Texas high school players have never developed or completely disappeared (can you say cut?) from the Longhorns.
Texas always will have NFL picks like DE Alex Okafor, DBs Kenny Vaccaro, Carrington Byndom, Jackson Jeffcoat and Quandre Diggs (2014), but A&M is an NFL darling right now. Offensive lineman Luke Joeckel is a Top 10 pick in 2013 and Rowlett DE Damontre Moore and OL Jake Matthews are rising into first-rounders this year or next.
A&M also has lightly recruited quarterback Johnny Manziel emerging as one of the country’s top players and a Heisman Trophy contender. It also doesn’t help Texas that Baylor’s RGIII (Robert Griffin III) won the 2011 Heisman as a quarterback after only getting a DB scholarship offer from Texas coach Mack Brown. Texas' string of failed QB recruits is catching up to the Longhorns with prospects who go to California quarterback camps as middle schoolers. #TrentDilfer
Texas has had a long-standing recruiting policy in which commitments couldn’t take other visits. That cost the Longhorns the state’s top ’13 recruit, WR/TE Ricky Seals-Jones, who is now considering the Aggies. Texas is having to waffle on that stance as ’13 commit A’shawn Robinson of Fort Worth Arlington Heights has told Texas coaches he’s making other visits _ to Alabama for one_ and there’s not much UT can do. Those February commits to Texas don't mean much anymore. Hookem.com reports this week on if the Longhorns can hang onto Class of '14 athlete Derick Roberson of San Antonio Brennan.
On the other hand, A&M is moving in on other SEC recruits such as West Mesquite defensive back Kam Miles, a U.S. Army All-American who committed to Tennessee last spring but is now taking an A&M visit. The most athletic prospect for the Class of ’14 could be Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett, a 6-4, 225 NFL first-round type projection. Saw him chase down an Arlington Bowie running back from behind.
Garrett is a top A&M recruit and it gets better for the Aggies _ his sister is an A&M track star. Garrett, like Beaumont Ozen DB Tony Brown, have been "approved" for a UT scholarship offer for '14. For the state's top two defensive players in the class that used to be a huge factor.
Not so much anymore. for UT it's a Welcome to the world with everybody else. for #texags, it's welcome to the Big Time.