Monday, September 16, 2013
The Early Offer: A&M’s setting sells
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Texas A&M might have lost the game to Alabama, but the Aggies still could be winners on the recruiting trail; Texas' struggles could ramp up the pressure to look around for players who made early commitments to the Longhorns; and regardless of how the referees handled the final seconds of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game, the victory will pay off big time for the Sun Devils.
Despite loss, A&M makes impression
Most recruits won’t make a decision based upon the outcome of a game, and that’s why Texas A&M’s 49-42 loss to Alabama on Saturday won’t hurt as much on the recruiting trail as many think it might. When recruits visit for games, they soak up the atmosphere, talk to the fans in the stands, see the players preparing for the game in the locker room, and envision themselves running on the field from the tunnel. If what they witness is captivating enough, that will mean more than a 7-point loss. And from nearly everybody on hand, including five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr), the reviews were extremely positive. Most visitors used words like “electric” and “amazing” to describe the experience in College Station.
Batten down the hatches in Austin Texas recruits, prepare to be bombarded. Two Big 12 coaches I visited with on Sunday said after Texas’ 1-2 start, more schools -- including the ones they coach at -- are going to step up their efforts in pursuit of players either committed to the Longhorns or seriously considering them. So far the 24 players committed to Texas that make up the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class have publicly said they remain solidly committed to the Longhorns. But with questions about Mack Brown’s future growing louder and louder, it might be only a matter of time before somebody has second thoughts about their future. That’s especially true especially when a coach from another school is whispering in their ear that Mack’s days are numbered on the Forty Acres.
Huge win for ASU
There are plenty of questions about how the referees handled the end of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game Saturday, but one thing that’s unquestioned is that the Sun Devils' victory will pay off big time on the recruiting front. ASU already has the nation’s No. 35 recruiting class, but there was a strong contingent of recruits from both the 2014 and 2015 classes on hand to witness the victory in person. Insiders in Tempe said the ASU coaches hit the phones hard early on Sunday to talk with prospects about the Devils’ victory over the three-time defending Big Ten champions, and according to one source the response was “tremendous.”