Texas A&M Football: What Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy Means in SEC Recruiting

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2012

Dec 8, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel kisses the 2012 Heisman Trophy after a press conference at the Marriott Marquis in downtown New York City.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Manziel made Heisman history this season when he became the first freshman in college football history to win the Heisman Trophy. SEC recruiting is at an all-time high and this win just gave it another boost. 

Manziel’s win was marked by an amazing year, but his victory at the Heisman award ceremony isn't anything new for the conference. The SEC has pulled in the last six national title winners as well as four of the last six Heisman winners. 

The nation was overwhelmed with the story of Johnny Manziel this fall—backup quarterback turned Heisman winner. 

He took his Texas A&M Aggies to a 10-win season and one of the most explosive finishes in the country for the 2012 season. His team is playing the best football in the SEC and should walk away with a bowl win to finish the year. 

Manziel set an SEC record with 4,600 total offensive yards this season, and he has at least two more years in an Aggie uniform to top this year. 

When recruits look for a new team this coming year, how difficult will it be for SEC coaches to sell this conference as the place where winners come to play? Better yet, how easy is it going to be for Kevin Sumlin to land major talent to help get this team to the top of the conference?

With star receiver Ricky Seals-Jones set to make his decision between LSU and Texas A&M this coming Monday, this win by Johnny Manziel may be the edge that helps Sumlin land the nation’s biggest receiving threat in the 2013 class. 

Imagine the offensive skill talent that will now head to Texas A&M to play with the latest Heisman winner. This is a unique opportunity for the Aggies to bring in elite players for the next few seasons.

Other teams in the SEC can also look to this success as a building block for a recruiting class. 

Any player would be wise to come to the most explosive and exposed conference in the country. Like the SEC or hate it, it is impossible to deny that the country’s eyes are drawn to its on-field product every Saturday.  

The SEC is already the toughest and most talented conference in the country. The more teams and players that win these awards, the stronger it will grow. 

Players come to the SEC to win titles and Heisman’s. This has become the easiest sell in college football and on Saturday it got even easier with the help of a little bronze.