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The various pieces of success throughout the season, like All-Americans and wins over major programs, add up to real recruiting success. This is a limited sample of recruiting classes, but it highlights the Aggies' move to the SEC.
Here are the recruiting class rankings (from ESPN) for Texas and Texas A&M since 2010:
2010: Texas ranked No. 2, and Texas A&M was No. 17
2011: Texas ranked No. 5, and Texas A&M was not in the top 25
2012: Texas ranked No. 3, and Texas A&M was No. 15
2013: Texas ranked No. 16, and Texas A&M was No. 8
This is a good snapshot of the change that has taken place over the past few years in the state. Texas was just coming off an appearance in the BCS title game against Alabama when it immediately scored the 2010 class.
In 2011, Texas was still enjoying the high that comes after a title appearance, and Texas A&M was still far behind the Longhorns in prestige.
In 2012, the public had already been made aware that Texas A&M was moving to the SEC for the 2012 season, but the move was not yet official. It still helped the Aggies sign a top-15 recruiting class.
The 2013 cycle was a direct result of Texas A&M's successful first year in the SEC. After coming within a single win of playing for the SEC title, the Aggies passed Texas in the recruiting rankings.
Plus, the Aggies are already on track to take the 2014 state recruiting title as well.