Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Aggies get big quarterback for the future
By Edward Aschoff
If Johnny Manziel leaves early for the NFL after the 2013 season, it looks like the Aggies won't have to look too far to find a viable candidate for being the quarterback of the future.
On Monday, Texas A&M added to its 2014 recruiting class when ESPN 150 member Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) verbally committed to the Aggies' staff.
Here's what Allen, who is ESPN's No. 128 overall player and No. 5 pocket passer, tweeted:
I will be playing my college football for Coach Sumlin at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY!! GIG EM!!
Kevin Sumlin must be thrilled about having Allen. While Manziel has been quiet about his future, many think the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will leave early for the NFL. Obviously, Allen still has to sign his letter of intent next February, but keeping him will give the Aggies a big-time player to compete for the starting quarterback spot down the road.
The Aggies lost Jameill Showers to transfer, but still have redshirt freshman Matt Davis, who enrolled early last spring, and junior Matt Joeckel on the roster. They'll also add three star quarterback Kenny Hill this summer. ESPN 150 member Kohl Stewart might not make it on campus because he could go pretty high in this week's amateur baseball draft. That makes Allen's commitment that much more important.
One thing that has to be encouraging for Sumlin, is the fact that Allen wanted to play in the SEC because he wants the challenge of playing the country's top defenses.
"If you want to be the best, you have to compete against the best. A lot of quarterbacks come out of the Pac-12 and Big 12, where they throw the ball around, but they don't play against as good of defenses. A&M does the same thing those programs do on offense but they do it against the best defenses in the country. My dream is to someday become an NFL quarterback, and I want the best training and the best preparation for that. That's in the SEC."
That move to the SEC just keeps working out for A&M.