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College Football Recruiting: Why Texas A&M Has Become More Alluring Than Texas

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 03:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies greets fans following a victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Wade Davis Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 25, 2016

Texas A&M has become the premier college football team in the state of Texas, and it is well on its way to becoming a premier recruiting school as well.

Look out Texas Longhorns, it looks like the Aggies are here to stay.

A&M sent shock waves through the college football world this past weekend when the Aggies beat the previously No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, and its quickly become "the" program on the college football scene.

Not only was the Aggies' win over Alabama impressive, but it was done in style.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be a superstar right now, and he's only a freshman. The Aggies offense is fun to watch—fourth in the nation, scoring 43.1 points per game—and the team even showed off their its sharp "storm trooper" jerseys in the win.

Everything about Texas A&M is extremely cool right now. And if there's anything you need to know about college football recruiting, it's that high school kids want to be cool. Of course, they want to win as well, but if they can look awesome in the process, that makes a potential college all the more intriguing.

Add in the fact that Texas A&M is now in the SEC, and the Aggeis' allure has become stronger than ever—especially in Texas. The Aggies are not only the most alluring team in Texas, but they are quickly becoming one of the biggest recruiting draws in the country.

What about the Longhorns, you ask?

Texas has long been a recruiting powerhouse because of its tradition and ability to field great teams, but there's no denying that Mack Brown and his program has been slipping as of late.

Ever since they lost the national championship to Alabama in 2009, the Longhorns haven't been the same. They went 5-7 in 2010, 8-5 in 2011 and find themselves at 8-2 right now, with two tough games against TCU and the current No.1  team in the BCS, Kansas State, to finish out the year.

It's not as if the Longhorns have been horrible, but they haven't been great—and that's even with the No. 3 recruiting class in both 2010 and 2011 and the No. 2 class in 2012, according to Rivals.

Texas is massively underachieving by its standards, and at least for now, its been passed up by Texas A&M for the best team in the state.

While I can't discount a program like Texas for long, the thing is, I also don't believe that Texas A&M is a one-year wonder.

Manziel is only a freshman, which means he's going to be around for at least a few years, and his star power will undoubtedly help the Aggies attract elite offensive recruits. They're also coached by Kevin Sumlin, who had one of the best offenses in college football when he was with Houston, so don't expect the Aggies to lose their flair for exciting offense anytime soon.

Additionally, their national profile has increased because they are in the SEC, and if they continue to win big games, they'll just become more and more popular within the college football world.

This program has been set up brilliantly for long-term success in recruiting. And right now, it is completely overshadowing the Longhorns.

Texas A&M is the flashiest program in the state of Texas, but it can also back that up with wins. In today's college football recruiting world, that's a powerful combination, and it's the reason why A&M has become and will be more alluring than Texas to recruits.

 

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