Ever since Kevin Sumlin arrived as head coach at Texas A&M, the Aggies’ level of recruiting has really taken off. The Rivals.com recruiting team rankings show A&M’s class rankings progressing on a steady incline on a year-to-year basis.
The Aggies’ recruiting class was ranked No. 11 in 2013 and No. 6 in 2014. After picking up two more in-state commitments this week, Sumlin’s 2015 class – currently ranked No. 4 in the nation -- may end up being his best yet and the program has no qualms when it comes to boasting about its success.
Four-star offensive lineman Keaton Sutherland verbally committed to the Aggies on Monday and the official A&M football Twitter account sent out this tweet:
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) June 16, 2014
Sumlin uses the simple yet effective “#YESSIR” on Twitter whenever the Aggies land a verbal commitment, but the tweet above featured a new hashtag -- #WRTS. Apparently, WRTS stands for “We Run This State,” and it has made its way into the tweets of assistant coaches, commits and other A&M-affiliated accounts.
Sumlin was asked about the new WRTS hashtag, but didn’t really have much to say.
“I’ve never tweeted that,” Sumlin said, per the Dallas Morning News. “No take on that.”
Sure, Sumlin has never tweeted it from his personal account, but it’d be silly to assume he wasn’t aware of its presence and what it means.
It’s pretty obvious that it’s a subtle shot at the University of Texas and other schools in the state who haven’t been able to match the Aggies’ top-notch in-state recruiting. Of the Aggies 15 current commitments in the class of 2015, 13 are from Texas and ten of those 13 are ranked among the top 50 players in the state.
By comparison, Baylor and Texas each have commitments from just three of the state’s top 50 players, so it’s hard to argue with the sentiment. And less than an hour after this original post was published, he got another top recruit.
Texas A&M picked up a verbal commitment from Cedar Hill, Texas wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge. Lodge is Rivals four-star recruit and is rated as the 39th-best prospect in the country and the fifth-best recruit in the state of Texas.
Lodge announced the news on Twitter with this awesome screenshot and the tweet included the familiar #WRTS hashtag.
— #CashOutKingJr ! (@DaMarkusLodge18) June 19, 2014
Sumlin later confirmed the news.
Talk of hashtags aside, Sumlin didn’t hesitate to touch on his program’s recent recruiting prowess.
“We’re just in a different time right now,” he said. “There are a lot of young players who understand where we’re headed, and because of that they’ve been able to come to our campus and see what’s going on from a construction standpoint, and a lot of standpoints.”
Sumlin, of course, is referring to the ongoing $450 million renovation of Kyle Field, an obvious boon for his recruiting pitch.
Sumlin was probably wise not to directly associate himself with the “We Run This State” slogan. It would drum up some typical offseason controversy while Sumlin has other things to worry about – like who his starting quarterback for will be.
The battle between sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen to lead the A&M in its Thursday night opener at South Carolina will continue into the fall, Sumlin said.
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