Texas A&M Recruiting: Momentum Back In Aggies’ Favor
- Updated: June 27, 2016
It’s no secret the position of QB has not been nice to Texas A&M as of late. If you’re an Aggie fan, that’s all you’ve heard about since December. For the sake of your sanity, I won’t mention it again. The transfers led many to believe that Texas A&M was losing its grip on the state of Texas for the foreseeable future.
Here we are 6 months later, and that is most certainly not the case.
No, Tate Martell’s decommitment was not fun to watch, but 2 months later Texas A&M rebounded by grabbing a QB just as good in IMG’s Kellen Mond, formerly a star football player in San Antonio.
Mond decommitted from Baylor after the rape scandal broke and Art Briles was terminated. Mond listed his Top-3 days after: Ohio State, Auburn, and Texas A&M in 3rd place. In the span of one month, Texas A&M gained so much momentum that they swooped in and stole Mond from the other 2, which is a huge eye opener for those who believed Texas A&M’s recruiting momentum was all but lost.
Mond is an interesting QB due to the fact he is a Duel-Threat (#1 In the Country by some recruiting services) QB listed at 6’3″. He is very tall, quick, and is a very good passer, poised for a great senior season at IMG Academy. Playing at IMG could make his transition to Texas A&M smooth, possibly setting him up to compete Day 1 for the QB position opening after Trevor Knight’s eligibility clock runs out after 2016.
Despite how good he is though, his biggest impact will come on the recruiting trail. While Tate Martell had ties to some key recruits across the country, his ties to the state of Texas were lacking. Hailing from San Antonio, Mond has a larger influence on Texas than Martell does, which is huge considering A&M gets most of their players from the Lone Star State. With his commitment to Texas A&M, Mond moves the Aggies up to #7 in 247sports’ 2017 Class Rankings, and that number could continue to rise as prospects will decide in the near future if they want to join Mond in the #GigEmGang17 class. As Taylor Hamm stated on Twitter, the dominos could only continue to fall.
It will be fun to see what players Mond could bring in and what the class will turn out to be come Signing Day in 2017. Mond’s commitment reassures Texas A&M’s recruiting presence is still as strong as ever and answers any questions regarding who has the current recruiting momentum in the state of Texas. At the moment, recruiting is at Texas A&M’s advantage.