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Monday, December 10, 2012
A&M commits excited for Heisman winner

By Sam Khan Jr.

The words came from the Twitter account of Rockwall (Texas) Heath defensive end and Texas A&M commitment Jay Arnold, but they could have described the sentiment of a number of the Aggies' current commits.

After the Heisman Trophy result was announced and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman in history to win the award and the first Aggie since John David Crow in 1957, Arnold tweeted "IM GOING TO PLAY FOOTBALL WITH A HEISMAN WINNER! HELL YEAH!"

Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
There's no doubt that in addition to A&M coaches, players and fans, recruits are excited about Manziel's Heisman victory. The commitments in the 2013 class are excited to join Manziel next season.

"People realize how much of a game-changer he is," Arnold said. "I think it really has put A&M on the map more so, especially with offensive players. They'll love the chance to get down there and get the chance to play."

Manziel's Heisman victory can certainly be a selling point for the Aggies. When the trophy makes it back to the Bright Football Complex, it's something coach Kevin Sumlin can point to for visiting recruits to see. It adds to the Aggies' already compelling recruiting pitch that includes a strong, rabid fan base, quality facilities, the Southeastern Conference and the exposure that comes with playing in college football's premier league.

"With them coming into the SEC, that already made them more enticing," 2014 safety John Bonney said. "Now with a Heisman Trophy winner, they'll probably be getting some more recruits and all that. It's going to be a great run for them, I think, in the SEC now."

Winning a Heisman Trophy is something most recruits dream of. Now that an Aggie has won it, it opens their minds to the possibility of doing it in College Station, Texas.

"As a recruit, it really shows us that we can accomplish anything we want to accomplish as a student-athlete there," said Auburn (Ala.) High School athlete Cameron Echols-Luper, an A&M commit. "With Johnny winning the Heisman as a freshman, it really sets the bar high for the group that's coming in."

Even though Echols-Luper doesn't live in Texas currently, he said there is still plenty of buzz about Manziel.

"Being around SEC country, all I hear every weekend is 'Johnny this,' and 'Johnny that,' 'Johnny's doing this to this team,' or 'He's doing that to that team,'" he said.