Texas A&M really has this SEC thing down.
First-year head coach Kevin Sumlin has been tearing up the recruiting trail. The Aggies recently got their 26th commitment for the Class of 2013, when Honolulu wide receiver Jeremy Tabuyo committed to play in College Station.
SEC rules limit teams to signing no more than 25 players between Dec. 1 and May 31.
Players that sign but don't qualify in 2013 still count towards that number, but there is some flexibility in that cap in regards to counting back early enrollees, which is certainly what Texas A&M will do since it has room.
With so much momentum and six months to go before National Signing Day, Sumlin may have some "processing" to do before any of these players even sign.
Before this gets twisted into a knock against Sumlin, let's be clear...it's not. It's very impressive that the A&M staff has the framework of its first full recruiting class set in July. It's a good problem to have. But it also means that the staff must shift its focus from recruiting to retention, which is a different animal.
Is it a reflection of the power of the SEC? Maybe.
The ability that Texas A&M now has to sell the SEC to in-state recruits will certainly attract talent to College Station. That's something that will take time, although Kyrion Parker, a wide receiver from Manvel, Texas, already said that the SEC was a factor in his decision to commit to the Aggies.
Texas A&M is off to a good start in the SEC before it has even played a game. It's not the Xs and the Os, it's the Jimmys and the Joes. Right now, Sumlin has a full cast of Jimmys and Joes headed to College Station in 2013.
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