Since Coach Sumlin’s arrival in College Station, Texas A&M recruiting has been at an all-time high. In his three full recruiting cycles, Sumlin has brought in the #9 (2013), #5 (2014), and #11 (2015) classes. And for the most part, the other in-state schools have not been nearly as successful in recruiting the state’s top players.
Yes, there are exceptions like Malik Jefferson (Texas) last year and KD Cannon (Baylor) the year before. But the primary competitions for those top recruits have typically been with out of state schools such as Alabama and LSU. Put simply, A&M has been dominant in recruiting the state of Texas and especially the Houston area these past few years.
In less than a 24 hour span last week, Sumlin’s old stomping grounds gave A&M recruiting the biggest body blow it has received inside state lines in 4 years. New Houston head coach Tom Herman shocked the world with his ability to land 5-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver, a player A&M was heavily recruiting.
Oliver’s decision prompted offensive tackle Dixie Wooten and defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, another Aggie target, to also jump on board. Three Houston area players, two of which were blue chip recruits, all picking a non-power 5 school over offers from the top school’s around the country.
If that weren’t enough, A&M may be losing ground on QB Dillon Sterling-Cole, an Aggie legacy, and WR Tyrie Cleveland, a former Aggie commit. The two players have announced their intentions to play together at the next level, and it seems that they are both impressed with what Tom Herman is putting together at Houston.
Signing day is still several months away, and until then anything can change. But if Oliver and Elliot stick and Sterling-Cole and Cleveland join the #HTownTakeover, Tom Herman will have established himself as a serious threat to A&M’s most fertile recruiting grounds.