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Sports Illustrated: Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M Becoming A Recruiting Force
Kevin Sumlin is finishing up Texas A&M’s recruiting class of 2013 strong, further adding to the success of his debut campaign in College Station. The allure of an 11-win season, the SEC and the Heisman Trophy have helped the Aggies earn the program’s first top 10 recruiting class since 2005.
Bret Bielema has been busy on the recruiting trail. The new Arkansas head coach landed a commitment from Bellaire, Texas running back recruit Denzell Evans, a three star prospect with offers from Arizona State, Michigan State and Kansas State, among others.
Arkansas scored another coup over reigning Big 12 champion K-State with the commitment flip of wide receiver Melvinson Hartfield, a two star prospect from Dallas. Bielema’s solidifying of the Texas pipeline is vital to his success at Arkansas. Though the local preps have some noteworthy teams, the Razorbacks need to aggressively tap into one of the surrounding areas to compete with their conference brethren.
Four star offensive lineman Deon Mix recently decommitted from Mississippi State, and after a visit to Auburn, could be on his way to the Plains instead. Mix was non-committal when talking with AL.com, even hinting that he might still sign with Dan Mullen and Mississippi State.
“I’m not counting them out because I’ve been committed to them for so long. They kind of got the edge,” he said.
Athlon Sports: Ranking College Football’s Rosters
Athlon Sports’ columnist Brandon Gall takes an interesting look at the talent levels of rosters around the nation. To the surprise of no one given the conference’s recruiting acumen, the SEC dominates. But pure talent doesn’t automatically translate to wins, as he examines.