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Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV (4) reacts after Texas A&M’s game against South Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Reed Arena. (Ishika Samant/The Battalion)
A losing game
February 28, 2024
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) reacts after hitting a home run during Texas A&M’s game against Lamar on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 at Blue Bell Park. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
A Lamar-velous night
February 27, 2024
Rylen Wiggins (2) smiling after earning a homerun during Texas A&Ms game against Sam Houston State on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 at Davis Diamond. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Bye bye Bearkats
February 27, 2024
Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV (4) reacts after Texas A&M’s game against South Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Reed Arena. (Ishika Samant/The Battalion)
A losing game
February 28, 2024
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) and outfielder Hayden Schott (5) react react during Texas A&M’s game against Lamar on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 at Blue Bell Park. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
GALLERY: Baseball vs. Lamar
February 28, 2024
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) reacts after hitting a home run during Texas A&M’s game against Lamar on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 at Blue Bell Park. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
A Lamar-velous night
February 27, 2024
Rylen Wiggins (2) smiling after earning a homerun during Texas A&Ms game against Sam Houston State on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 at Davis Diamond. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Bye bye Bearkats
February 27, 2024

Recruits look to become signees

The speculation, the verbal commitments, the defections, the tension it all ends Wednesday when the 2013 Texas A&M football recruits become signees on National Signing Day.
Much has been made of head coach Kevin Sumlins recruiting class, which has wedged itself into the Top 10 of most major recruiting sites class rankings. The class as it stands entering Wednesday and barring any major defections or additions could stand among the all-time best batch of signees in program history.
As of Tuesday night, 32 recruits were verbally committed to A&M, making Sumlins recruiting class the largest in the country. The eight January enrollees announced were counted to the 2012 class, keeping A&M safely under the SEC rule that limits teams to 25 signees per year. Fifteen of the 32 projected signees earned four-star designations by Rivals.com, up from seven in 2012.
Some players pledged their intent to sign with A&M more than a year ago and others flipped their commitment to play in College Station within the last week, but until they sign letters of intent Wednesday, all analysis amounts to little more than conjecture. By the time the dust settles on signing day, for better or for worse, Sumlin and his staff will have cemented the look of the 2013 roster as spring camp approaches.
The heightened profile of the A&M class has drawn the eye of sports analysts outside Aggieland. ESPNs Pedro Gomez will be on hand in College Station to report live on recruiting developments and Fox Sports Southwest will televise signing day news live from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The tried-and-true recruiting draw of national media exposure and an 11-win season may have paid its dividends for the 2012 A&M football team and not to forget the quarterback who brought home the Heisman Trophy.
Before a 41-13 Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma, Sumlin said A&M has taken the ambiguity out of regional recruiting.
I think theres a clear choice in the region, Sumlin said.
Many point to the Aggies shift to the Southeastern Conference when diagnosing the recruiting bump from past seasons. From a potential recruits viewpoint, Sumlin said the SEC speaks for itself.
I think what we have shown in one year in the SEC is that not only do we belong and that we can compete, but that we can win, Sumlin said.
But its sustained success over time, Sumlin said, that is as or more important than any one season.
I think people make a lot out of one game when it comes to recruiting, Sumlin said. What does happen is over time you build your brand.
ESPN national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill said the SEC has made a clear impression on A&M recruiting.
“Bottom line: A&M would be looked at differently by top recruits if they weren’t in the SEC,” Luginbill said.
Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney said Sumlin has had a bigger impact than he is credited for. Before the season began and Johnny Manziel became a household name, Sumlin had already racked up 23 commitments from players around the country.
“It starts with Sumlin,” McKinney said to Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated. “He’s a player’s coach, he understands what they go through at that particular age in their life. He does things to make those particular kids feel comfortable.”
For all the work Sumlin has put in for the 2013 class, he still has his eye on two or three more undecided players by the end of the day for 2013 and has already secured seven commitments for 2014.

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