- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Give Texas A&M credit. The Aggies didn't sit around and wait for somebody else to make a move on Kevin Sumlin before making their own.
Sumlin was assuredly going to be a commodity during the offseason coaching search sweepstakes.
Texas A&M knew that and wisely didn’t see any reason to wait, especially with Sumlin perched at or near the top of USC’s wish list.
The fact that it was announced Saturday prior to the regular season finale against Missouri that Sumlin had agreed to a new six-year contract with Texas A&M tells you all you need to know.
The Aggies didn’t want Sumlin out there on the open market with the Trojans, or anyone else, hunting for a head coach even though he already signed a new deal in January with Texas A&M that paid him $3.1 million annually.
So this is his second big bump financially in less than a year. The translation: The Aggies don’t plan on standing idly by and watching the coach who’s helped them make such a big splash in the SEC walk away.
Plus, Sumlin had been recruiting like gangbusters at Texas A&M. Keeping him in place there in the state of Texas will only solidify what the Aggies have already done on the recruiting trail.
Down the road, Sumlin’s a guy who’s also going to be on some NFL radars.
For him to leave Texas A&M, it would take a no-brainer type of job. His offense is a huge draw for prospects all over the country, particularly skill players. Who doesn’t want to come in and be the next Johnny Manziel?
The other thing the Aggies have going for them is that they have something to sell that nobody else in that state can. Their pitch to recruits is that they can play in the SEC and still stay in-state and play their college football.
The Aggies have to continue to beef up their defensive recruiting if they’re going to win an SEC championship. They’re ranked 107th nationally in total defense this season and have given up 33 or more points in six of their seven league games.
Sumlin feels like he’s well on his way to shoring up some of those defensive deficiencies on the recruiting trail.
But the most important recruit the Aggies have landed to date is keeping Sumlin in College Station.