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Life is good at College Station, where SEC inclusion, a stadium expansion and "Johnny Football" have elevated the program's stature. Head coach Kevin Sumlin, entering his third season at the helm, appears certain to land a third consecutive top-10 class.
The Aggies finished outside of the nation's top 20 in recruiting three times in six years before Sumlin arrived, never placing higher than 14th.
The Aggies currently sit at No. 2 nationally in 247Sports' composite rankings, anchored by 17 in-state commitments. Long considered the Texas Longhorns' little brother, Sumlin has his squad standing above everyone in the Lone Star State these days when it comes to recruiting.
Dallas area standout Kyler Murray gives the team a 5-star quarterback for the second straight year, joining top 2014 recruit and true freshman Kyle Allen. Kenny Hill, who was part of Sumlin's first class at Texas A&M, will have the initial crack at replacing Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Sumlin's ability to capitalize on fertile recruiting regions beyond state borders have helped tremendously.
Texas A&M landed No. 1 wide receiver prospect Speedy Noil from New Orleans in 2014, and Allen is from Arizona. Christian Kirk, a 5-star pass-catcher who also hails from Arizona, could be the big out-of-state snag during this cycle and add to an incredibly deep position.
Despite plenty of offensive fireworks, the Aggies have failed to compete with an SEC-level defense at times. Sumlin has steadily addressed that shortcoming, picking up 5-star defensive linemen Daylon Mack (2015) and Myles Garrett (2014) in the process.
The program is currently focused on coveted in-state defenders Malik Jefferson (linebacker) and Kendall Sheffield (cornerback). Expect Texas A&M to reach national signing day ranked among the top five classes for a second straight February.
“I like recruiting, as crazy as it is,” Sumlin told Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News. “I like being involved with families. Young guys coming in at 17, 18 years old — then having them come back after they leave and seeing them as good husbands and fathers."