Many top recruits from the Dallas-Fort Worth area were tuned in to College Station to witness the shootout between number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and the sixth ranked Texas A&M Aggies.
Among these was Arlington (Texas) Martin’s Myles Garrett who has both teams listed in his top five choices to play ball next year.
On Friday night, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin made a surprise appearance at Garrett’s Thursday night game paying a visit to Grand Prairie in a black helicopter just before half time. Sumlin made his presence felt to show how bad they want the 6-foot-4 245 pound athlete to become an Aggie.
On Saturday, The Aggies fell to the Crimson Tide 49-42 in a surprisingly high scoring classic. While Garrett did not give his prediction on the outcome of Saturday’s game or which team he liked better, he did recognize the strengths on both squads.
“A&M’s offense has the high power with Johnny (Manziel) back there leading it and Alabama’s defense is known to be tough and come at you every play,” said Garrett.
Other recruits in attendance would include Arlington (Texas) Bowie’s Edwin Freeman (No. 13 outside linebacker 2014) who has A&M in his final three leading into his decision. Freeman played in a tough game Friday night, but had already made plans to be at the big game on Saturday.
“Oh I’m going to be there,” Freeman stated.
After watching A&M compete on the grand stage against a big time opponent in an electric atmosphere, Freeman announced that A&M had vaulted to the top of his wish list, topping a list which also includes TCU and Texas.
Many other undeclared athletes such as Dallas (Texas) Skyline’s rising star Carlos Strickland (No. 23 wide receiver 2015) enjoyed the game but would be let down when the Aggies couldn’t come up with the victory at home.
“I went with A&M...I thought Johnny Manziel would pull it out,” said Strickland.
Even with the loss, the Aggies are still ranked 10th in the nation and first among BCS teams in the state of Texas. It may have lost an early season battle with Alabama, but may have continued to maintain ground in the ever important recruiting war.