National signing day is here, and the hype, drama and anxiety that have gripped programs around the country failed to make it on campus at Texas A&M. The Aggies locked up their top-five class weeks ago and signed 18 high school prospects on Feb. 5 as expected.
No hiccups. No steals. And best of all, no drama.
For a program that has been known for flash with a hint of shock and awe as of late—mostly due to Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel—the lack of pomp and circumstance has left some questioning the viability of the program.
However, A&M snared three of the nation's top 10 recruits (one of just two schools to do so) and flew under the radar in what may be, arguably, the program's best class...well, ever.
National signing day did mark a decision for two prospects the Aggies hoped to pick up—4-stars linebacker Kenny Young and guard Braden Smith—but neither went with the maroon and white. No matter, though, as head coach Kevin Sumlin and A&M ended the day with everyone they planned to, finding solace in the fact that quiet doesn't always mean harmless.
The Aggies added top-flight talent at multiple positions, as Speedy Noil, Myles Garrett and Kyle Allen set up to make immediate impact performances for A&M next season at wide receiver, defensive end and quarterback, respectively.
Ultimately, the quality behind A&M's class stemmed from a reliance on strong, early recruiting that garnered significant interest from many of the nation's top prospects from the get-go, as noted by Noil and Allen's early enrollments on campus this past spring.
Sumlin and his staff did not have to wait with bated breath while one of the nation's tier-one prospects hovered over three different colored hats—one of which was maroon—hoping for their commitment to make, rather than break, their offseason.
Instead, A&M locked up the big guns early, finding time to recruit down to the wire mid-level athletes such as Young and Smith without sacrificing the possibility of an athlete changing his mind. All the hype and drama will continue to center around the Alabamas, Ohio States and LSUs of the world, who added or lost elite recruits in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, A&M will continue to stalk in the shadows with a silent, but lethal, class of its own. No drama necessary.