What a difference a year and a conference and a coach made for Texas A&M.
A year ago, Texas A&M finished No. 21 in the national recruiting rankings by Scout.com. Not too shabby, but well behind No. 1 Texas and No. 10 Oklahoma.
As this is written, the latest rankings by Scout.com have the Aggies in a tie for fifth with LSU. Oklahoma plummeted to No. 18 while Texas is all the way down at No. 23, just ahead of Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Another national recruiting service put the Aggies at No. 8 nationally. That's rare air when you can rub shoulders with the likes of Alabama, LSU and Florida and LSU on national signing day.
But then, rubbing shoulders with the best of the SEC is a big reason why A&M has catapulted itself to national prominence since last winter.
The Aggies just completed their first season in the SEC and more than held their own against what is widely revered as the top college football conference in the country.
The Aggies surprised nearly everyon...