- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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GigEmNation writer Sam Khan Jr. chatted with readers on Friday about Texas A&M football and recruiting. Here's the full transcript of the chat. After four consecutive wins, the Aggies travel to Shreveport, La. for a non-conference tilt with Louisiana Tech at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday at Independence Stadium.
Blake Crow (H-town.): Haven't seen a lot of LA Tech football so far this season. What are some things that have stuck out to you so far in some of their games?
Sam Khan Jr.: To me what jumps out about Louisiana Tech is the way the Bulldogs have run the football. They're of a similar offensive style to Texas A&M and because of that, it's often perceived that all they do is throw it around. That's not true. They've run the ball really well with three different backs, Kenneth Dixon (a true freshman), Ray Holley and Tevin King. There's a healthy balance with that unit so they'll keep opposing defenses off balance.
Brian (Dallas): How do you think the Aggies recruting class is looking. Not in terms of ranking it next to other schools but in terms of getting guys that fill their needs for depth and based on what you have seen to you believe Sumlin will be a good developer of talent?
Sam Khan Jr.: Brian, great question. I think overall the Aggies have done pretty well at addressing their needs. Defensive line (and specifically defensive tackle) was at the top of the list and they have six defensive line commitments (five from defensive tackles), with possibly more to come. They've got a healthy collection of skill position players that will fit in that offense well I think (the Cedar Hill duo, Jeremy Tabuyo, guys like that) and they still have good chances with some of the big fish left out there in the 2013 class. From what I saw at Houston, Kevin Sumlin and his staff were good at developing guys and putting them in the right places. Houston went 13-1 with a guy that had one scholarship offer coming out of high school (Case Keenum) and a walk-on (Patrick Edwards) playing the biggest offensive roles. That team had nobody picked in the NFL draft (though several signed as free agents with teams). And everyone has seen the emergence of Damontre Moore at Texas A&M this year since the new staff arrived. Houston saw the same thing with Sammy Brown, an outside linebacker, from his first year to his second year. The leap was tremendous and that's a big kudos to the coaching staff.
Bilbo (The Shire): Sam, what teams does A&M have to beat (with good QB play) before JFF gets legit heisman considerations?
Sam Khan Jr.: Bilbo, if the Aggies beat LSU on Oct. 20 and Johnny Manziel plays well, I think he gets himself into the conversation. His numbers are hard to ignore but the key to the Heisman is Ws. You can't be in the conversation unless your team is winning. If that scenario were to play out, the way Manziel would stay there is by beating Alabama, or at least playing really well against them. For him to have a legit shot to get an invite to NYC, I think the Aggies would have to be in the mix to win the SEC West at the end (with him playing well throughout the rest of the year), which is asking a lot.