Texas A&M Recruiting: Kyle Allen, Johnson Commits Prove Aggies King of Texas

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistJune 4, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - APRIL 13:  Head coach Kevin Sumlin of the Texas A&M Aggies chats with his quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 before the Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin is on a roll. With verbal commitments from Kyle Allen and Jarrett Johnson within the last five days, Sumlin and the Aggies have proven they are THE recruiting heavyweight in the state of Texas. 

Recruiting is the lifeblood of all college football programs. It does not matter how good a coach is, he will not consistently win games without good football players. 

Sumlin and the Aggies signed a top 10 recruiting class in February. It appears that the Aggies are well on their way towards signing another top 10 class with the additions of Allen and Johnson.

For much of the past decade the Texas Longhorns have led the recruiting train in the state. They chalked up recruiting titles, real and imagined, on a yearly basis under Mack Brown's stewardship.

This has all changed since Sumlin arrived on the scene. Sumlin and the move to the Southeastern Conference has changed the recruiting dynamic in Texas. The pledges from Allen and Johnson are simply a continuation of this trend. 

Jarrett Johnson gave his verbal commitment to Texas A&M on Sunday June 2. 

That "YESSIR!" you saw from @coachsumlin??? Seven Lakes DE Jarrett Johnson. A big-time commitment for the Aggies.

— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) June 3, 2013

Johnson is a 6'3" 226-pound defensive end from Katy (TX) Seven Lakes High School. He is ranked by 247sports as a 3-star player and the No. 47 overall prospect in the state of Texas. 

The senior defensive end was a big win for Sumlin and the Aggies in a head-to-head battle with Texas. BR featured columnist Andrew Kulha discussed the recruiting battle for Johnson in March. 

Johnson is projected as a weak-side defensive end in college. He has displayed a tremendous ability to get off blocks and cause disruption in the offensive backfield. 

With his pledge, Johnson became the 11th commit of the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class and the first defensive end to commit. 

Allen is a quarterback from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, The 6'2" 185-pound senior is a top-50 national recruit who is ranked as the No. 4 overall pro-style quarterback in the nation by 247sports. 

And just like that, A&M land No. 1 quarterback from the c/o 2014 - Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Hills standout Kyle Allen @kyleallen_10

— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) June 3, 2013

Rivals.com ranked Allen as a 4-star player and the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. His verbal pledge to the Aggies is definitely a sign that the Aggies have arrived. 

The fact that Texas A&M was able to go outside the state of Texas and get a national recruit at quarterback tells you all you need to know about the state of Aggie recruiting right now. Allen could have gone to any school in the country, and he chose to go play in the SEC at Texas A&M.

That would not have happened five years ago. Allen chose the Aggies over offers from Arizona, UCLA, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee. 

He completed 72 percent of his passes in 2012 for 3,119 yards with 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Allen's strong arm and his ability to be accurate while on the move make him one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. 

The early success in the SEC coupled with Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy have thrust the Aggies into another stratosphere when it comes to recruiting. They can now legitimately be considered a threat on the recruiting trail when it comes to national recruits. 

The Aggies have had a lot of success producing first round draft picks in the NFL with local talent. They have always recruited well instate and regionally in Louisiana. 

The SEC has provided the Aggies with a national platform and they are taking advantage of it on the recruiting trail. Texas A&M has surpassed Texas on the recruiting trail and on the field. 

The Aggies early success in the SEC, their propensity for producing NFL players and their exciting offense have combined to form a product that recruits across the country are taking interest in. They are now the top dogs when it comes to recruiting in the state of Texas.