Making headway

Surprise seasons put three teams back on the recruiting map

Originally Published: January 25, 2013
By Sam Khan Jr. and Jared Shanker | ESPN The Magazine
HatsAdam Levey for ESPNLast February, the teams on the table were missing from Recruiting Nation's top five.

A year ago, Johnny Football's last name was Manziel and Texas A&M was staring down its daunting debut in the SEC. As for coach Kevin Sumlin, he'd had only a month to settle into his new gig in College Station. But then came the upset of eventual BCS champ Alabama and Manziel's history-making Heisman. Now Sumlin feels right at home, leading the hottest team in college football. He's also as comfortable as he has ever been in the homes of blue-chip recruits.

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Texas A&M/SEC reporter

Jared Shanker

Florida State/ACC reporter