- Created on Thursday, 13 December 2012 01:24
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
When Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night head coach Kevin Sumlin was smiling on the inside as much as out. He was happy of course for his freshman quarterback, but he had to also be thinking of the future.
Thanks to a top ten ranking, a 10-2 record, and now the best football player in the country as his quarterback recruiting just got a whole lot easier.
What receiver doesn’t want to catch balls from a Heisman trophy winner? What lineman doesn’t want to block for a guy like that? What defenders would not want to have an offense as potent as the Aggies backing it up?
The answer to all three is the same—no one.
Texas A&M has definitely seen a boost in recruiting this season thanks to the team’s success on the field in the toughest conference in college football. Prior to Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Saturday the big news was a new commit, one of the top defensive tackles coming out of high school, Justin Manning.
A few days before Manning committed to the Aggies Manziel got a new weapon in wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams who had previously been headed to Auburn. In the days following Manziel’s big win word broke that the Aggies stole another top wide receiver, this time from LSU—Ricky Seals-Jones.
According to Rivals.com the Aggies have the seventh best recruiting class in the nation, and if recent history is any indication that stands to get even better. The 2014 class is already looking up with the recent commit coming from La Porte (TX) linebacker Hoza Scott now going to College Station.
The class of players is only going to get better as the Aggies continue to win; there is just something about being a part of a winning tradition that people like. However, the problem with such a tradition is not so much losing players, but losing coaches.
As of Wednesday the Aggies will have to find a new offensive coordinator. Kliff Kingsbury was announced as the new head coach of Texas Tech.
The move is understandable; Kingsburry was one of the QBs that made his name playing for former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. In his playing days he set 39 school records and 17 NCAA ones (1999-2002). He’s a living legend in Lubbock and after his success with Johnny Manziel this past season the clear cut choice to replace the departing Tommy Tubberville even though he'll be the youngest head coach in the FBS (33).
Ever the leader, Manziel wasted no time calming the nerves of the Aggie Nation sending out a tweet upon hearing the news of Kingsbury’s departure:
"To all the people worried about Coach K leaving … Coach Sumlin will always bring in the best and do anything to make sure we're successful," Manziel wrote.
There has yet to be any word on who Sumlin has in mind to replace Kingsburry, but as bright as the future is for the Aggies it would not be shocking to see some of the best minds in college football beating down his door.