Texas vs. Texas A&M has been a hot topic as of late due to the Aggies' recent hot streak and popularity within the college football world.
Texas is a longtime college football powerhouse that's known for attracting some of the best recruits in the nation on a yearly basis. Texas A&M, on the other hand, has had nowhere near the Longhorns' success, but due to a recent move to the SEC, a new coach in Kevin Sumlin and the play of one Johnny Manziel at quarterback, they have become America's favorite school in the state of Texas.
A few weeks ago, I took a look at the emotional side of things and concluded that Texas A&M had become more alluring to recruits than Texas.
Let's take a look at it from a numbers perspective this time, though.
As it currently stands, Texas is ranked as the No. 10 recruiting class in the nation by Rivals.com, while Texas A&M is one ahead of it at No. 9.
We all know that nothing is official until National Signing Day, so there's plenty of time for these rankings to shift around, but in regards to these to programs, who will emerge with the better class?
It's worth noting that Texas A&M already has 32 commits on board for 2013, but with back-counting to the 2012 class (which only had 19 commitments), potential decommitments and even withdrawn offers, it may have room for at least one more player in its class—if that player is Ricky Seals-Jones.
Seals-Jones would be a huge commitment for the Aggies, and his presence as a 5-star recruit in Sumlin's 2013 class should be enough to bump them up a few spots. It's a very realistic possibility that the 5-star receiver will choose to play for the program that boasts an offense that scores 44.8 points per game and features a superstar freshman quarterback.
Texas A&M would have a very strong class with the addition of a 5-star, but that said, by the numbers, Texas still has the most room to improve its class.
The Longhorns only have 15 recruits committed so far for 2013, so they still have the ability to add a few more elite recruits.
Texas is in the top two for two notable recruits in 4-star safety Marcell Harris and 4-star defensive tackle Andrew Billings, and it's in the top five for 4-star offensive tackle Desmond Harrison and 4-star JUCO defensive end Za'Darius Smith (who also has Texas A&M listed as a favorite). This is not even counting the fact that the Longhorns already have the commitment of 5-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.
Purely going by numbers and rankings, Texas should finish with the better class, even if the Aggies do land Seals-Jones.
Texas has room to add six, seven or more highly-ranked recruits to its class, and it's a school that traditionally does very well in regards to recruiting rankings. (No. 2 in 2012, No. 3 in 2011 and 2010, according to Rivals)
What it is able to do with that class is a different story, and Texas A&M still looks to have the brighter short-term future, but emotion and momentum aside, Texas will finish with the better recruiting class for 2013.