Thanks to the momentum Texas A&M carries after a successful inaugural season in the SEC, highlighted by Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy-winning year, the Aggies are winning more head-to-head battles with Texas.
But the Longhorns would still like to consider themselves as the premier destination in the Lone Star State, and, for now, have won the latest recruiting battle with the commitment of linebacker Otaro Alaka (Houston/Cy Falls).
Alaka chose Texas over A&M on Monday night. His commitment means each program has five commits from players the other school has offered.
In 2013 the Longhorns had eight commits with Aggies offers, while Texas A&M had jut four pledges with Texas offers. That should tell you that the gap is closing, if not already closed depending on who you talk to.
For now, though, the Longhorns have evened the score in 2014 with the commitment of Alaka.
Before his commitment, Texas hadn’t had much success in its 2014 battles with Texas A&M when it came to recruiting the defensive front seven. Washington, Scott and Walker are all huge gets for Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin.
Alaka, though, continues a string of recent commitments who have bolstered Texas’ front seven for the future. He’ll join a group that includes Garnett, Hampton, Roberson, defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren) and defensive end Jake McMillon.
Alaka might have evened the score on the recruiting trail for now, but it will change several times before all is said and done.