Yesterday we began a 2 part series diving into the quarterback position at A&M. If you haven’t see yesterday’s article yet, you can read it here.
The Aggies enter the 2014 season in a rather precarious situation. True sophomore Kenny Hill and true freshman Kyle Allen are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. And while both are very talented and capable of leading the Aggies in the post-Manziel era, the lack of numbers is enough to make any coach cringe. To make matters worse, A&M plays in the vicious SEC West and tees off against two of the top defensive teams from the SEC East. Depth is crucial and Aggies need to hope that the two quarterbacks stay injury free this season.
Despite the lack of numbers, Coach Sumlin and staff are on the right track to adding depth. Last week they secured a verbal commitment from the top quarterback in the nation, Kyler Murray. However, 3 quarterbacks are not enough. A&M needs to get back to 4 or even 5 scholarship quarterbacks. In addition, the Aggies need to be prepared to lose whoever doesn’t win the starting quarterback job between Kyle Allen and Kenny Hill as early as next season. Both quarterbacks are extremely talented and could win the starting job at the vast majority of other elite programs.
If one of those quarterbacks transfers, this gives the Aggies only 2 scholarship quarterbacks once again for 2015; Kyler Murray and the winner of this years’ quarterback battle. The Aggies will need to bring in at least one more quarterback into the fold next year, and they also need to look to add additional depth the following year. There are a few names to keep an eye on in this regard.
The first is WVU transfer Ford Childress who was a lightly recruited quarterback out of Houston, TX. Childress chose West Virginia and enrolled early with the 2012 recruiting class. He redshirted his first year and then won the starting quarterback job by the third game of the 2013 season. In his first start, he broke the freshman record for passing yards in a game with 359. Unfortunately, he suffered a pectoral injury two games later that sidelined him the rest of the season. With that setback, he recently chose to transfer and enroll at Trinity Valley C.C. in Athens, TX. Childress spoke about his plans saying,
“[I plan to] go to a JUCO so I don’t have to sit out a year, hopefully then Texas A&M.”
This would give the Aggies an experienced and reliable backup, one that clearly has plenty of potential. Furthermore, Childress should already be well versed in the A&M offense after leaving coach Dana Holgorsen’s team. Holgorsen served as offensive coordinator for Coach Sumlin at University of Houston and groomed current A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. If the A&M coaching staff pursues Ford Childress, he would enter A&M as a junior with 2 years of eligibility.
In addition to Childress, the Aggies could look to other 2015 quarterbacks in Texas. The first prospect is John Tyler Granato, a 3-star pro-style quarterback out of Houston, TX. Granato is 6’3” 210lbs and has shown interest in A&M. However, he is currently verbally committed to Rice. Also, there is Ryan Agnew who is a 3-star dual-threat quarterback at Southlake Carroll. With Kenny Hill already on the roster, Agnew would give the coaching staff their second quarterback from Southlake in a 2 year span.
Coach Sumlin and staff have proven to be the best recruiters in the nation when it comes to the game’s most important position. Two years ago when the coaching staff had just arrived, they went out and landed the top 2 quarterbacks in the state; Kenny Hill and MLB drafted Kohl Stewart. The following year, the Aggies stole the top pro-style quarterback in the nation out of Arizona in Kyle Allen. And despite the stockpile of talent, the Aggies have once again secured the commit of the top quarterback in the nation for 2015. This time it is Aggie legacy and dual-threat quarterback, Kyler Murray. Credit to Sumlin for being able to land such elite talents in 3 consecutive years. Now it will be interesting to see how he is able to manage that talent.