If you’re a high school football recruit who wants to one day play in the NFL, Texas A&M might be the school for you. Thursday night, three Aggies were selected in the NFL Draft’s first round: Offensive tackle Jake Matthews to Atlanta (6th), wide receiver Mike Evans to Tampa Bay (7th) and quarterback Johnny Manziel to Cleveland (22nd). It was the first time in program history that three players were selected in the opening round.
The trio joins a bevy of recent former Texas A&M players to be first-round selections. Since 2011, six different Aggies have been selected in the first round. Von Miller, Ryan Tannehill, and Luke Joeckel were selected in previous drafts. Prior to 2011, the most recent first-round selections were Ty Warren and Sammy Davis in 2003.
It’s a pretty decent recruiting tool for coach Kevin Sumlin.
If Sumlin can win a national title–or even just a BCS game–then Texas A&M could really get the ball rolling on the recruiting trail. They’ve got the talent production thing covered pretty well.