If we were keeping score of the class of 2014 recruiting battle between Texas and Texas A&M, it would be Texas A&M 7 Texas 2, early in the second quarter.
Texas and Texas A&M have battled for nine prospects' commitments and the Aggies received verbal commitments from seven of them. That is not good news for Texas fans.
3-star offensive lineman Koda Martin committed to Texas A&M. The 6' 6", 250-pound Martin can play at tackle, tight end and defensive end. He had received an offer from Texas in March.
5-star linebacker Hoza Scott, 4-star quarterback Kyle Allen, 4-star cornerback Nick Harvey, 4-star safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 4-star linebacker Josh Walker and 4-star defensive tackle DeShawn Washington all reported offers from Texas but committed to Texas A&M.
3-star linebacker Cameron Hampton had named Texas A&M as his leader after he took an unofficial visit to College Station, Tex. on December 7, 2012. But Texas A&M declined to take his commitment, according to YouPlus Dallas.com. Hampton committed to Texas on February 10.
What is going on here?
It is early in the recruiting season. The dog-and-pony show known as signing day will certainly be rife with prospects flipping on their commitments. But bragging rights are worth noting, especially in Texas.
Texas A&M is currently sitting at No. 1 in college football's class of 2014 recruiting rankings. Texas has dropped to No. 3. It is a tight race. But Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin is beating Longhorn coach Mack Brown when it comes to landing prospects who have been offered by both schools.
Texas was recruiting LaPorte, Tex. native Scott and offered him on August 2. But Scott committed to Texas A&M on December 12. Texas ventured out of state to land 3-star linebacker Andrew Beck from Tampa, Fla. Beck committed to Texas on April 9.
The top uncommitted prospect in Texas is 5-star defensive end Myles Garrett. Texas offered Garrett on August 2, but he is reportedly leaning toward Texas A&M according to an ESPN report. His profile on 247 Sports doesn't indicate Texas as a school of interest.
The Longhorns still have a great-looking class. 4-star safety Jamal Adams, 4-star cornerback Arrion Springs and 4-star receiver Armanti Foreman are expected to commit to Texas, that same report notes. More:
Adams has about eight to ten teams right now that he is legitimately interested in, but we get the sense that Texas will be where he ends up for a couple reasons: One, the Longhorns can offer him the early playing time he covets. Two, he is really good friends with current UT commitments and star cornerback Quandre Diggs.
[Springs] was saying all spring that Oregon was his No. 1 school, but Texas has closed the gap. He has taken several unofficial visits to Austin and still has never been to Oregon. He'll camp with the Ducks, but UT being an hour from home is a factor.
Foreman and his twin brother, 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman, haven't been shy about stating their intentions to play together. Now that D'Onta's stock is rising and his offers are piling up, the chances of them being able to do so increase. Armanti's open but clearly likes Oklahoma (the school he was formerly committed to), Texas and Texas A&M. The closest of those three to offering D'Onta? Looks like Texas after he shined at their June 9 camp.
If Texas lands all three of these prospects then we can tap the brakes on Longhorn recruiting concerns. The Longhorns should land a top 10 class. The program has been the state's big boy of football for what seems like forever.
But it is impossible to ignore that elephant—or in this case, that SEC logo—in the room.
Texas A&M is beating Texas in the recruiting game. With three more quarters to go, Brown may need to open up his playbook.
Note- all star ratings are 247 Sports' composite rankiings