Friday, September 13, 2013
Early Offer: Bama-A&M big for recruiting
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer gives you a daily dose of recruiting in the morning. Friday's offerings: It’s an all Alabama-Texas A&M edition of The Early Offer, as more than 75 prospects will flock to College Station this weekend. What impact would an A&M victory have on the recruiting trail, and who exactly will be in town?
The hottest ticket in college football this weekend is for the Alabama-Texas A&M football game, with StubHub listing some tickets as high as $5,000 and the average price at more than $750. While fans are paying through the noses for seats, more than 75 recruits from the 2014 and 2015 classes will have prime tickets as guests of Texas A&M on unofficial visits. One source said the number of unofficial visitors “could easily climb to triple digits by Saturday morning.” The atmosphere should be electric and Texas A&M is doing everything it can to get as many bodies on campus as possible.
A&M’s time to shine
While the game itself likely won’t be the single factor in a prospect’s decision, it sure can help build momentum for either Alabama or Texas A&M with the critical official visit season about to get under way. We turn to our RecruitingNation’s SEC writers Derek Tyson and Gerry Hamilton for their take on what Saturday’s game could mean.
Tyson: "I’m interested in seeing how recruits perceive Texas A&M after this game. If the Aggies win, will recruits see this as a shift in power in the SEC? If they lose, will it affect the recruiting momentum A&M has built? If Alabama wins, they obviously will continue their SEC dominance both on the field and in recruiting.”
Hamilton: “The atmosphere is going to be off the charts, even for a school that has a tremendous home field advantage and the ability to impact recruits through sheer gameday atmosphere. I fully expect nothing but rave reviews by all prospects in attendance. Obviously, a win by the Aggies would be huge for their continued momentum, but this is one of those games that win or lose prospects will walk away extremely impressed with Texas A&M."
Making it official The Aggies official visit list this weekend is about as impressive as you’ll find anywhere. Five-star DE Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin) and five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) lead the way, and A&M is the projected leader with both. Also slated to take visits are four-star safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), four-star defensive tackle Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and highly recruited offensive tackle Dontavius Blair (Garden City, Kan./Garden City C.C.).