If there was any doubt about Texas A&M's ability to succeed in the SEC, their 11-2 season and victory over Alabama erased most of them -- and a first full recruiting cycle culminating in the nation's No. 10 class has probably erased the remainder.
Kevin Sumlin joined CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman and Jeremy Fowler to talk about that success -- capped by a Signing Day flip of defensive end Daeshon Hall from Washington -- and the future might hold for his up-and-coming program:
Some quotes from the interview:
"We're off to a great start. I think that we've continued our momentum through our season right through today to Signing Day. I think our staff did a great job with communication and we'll see what this day brings."
On reasons for recruiting success
"It's a combination of all those things. We've moved on to the SEC and that's part of it. But being able to compete and get into the top 10 gave us an opportunity to get in some living rooms that we may not have been able to get into a year ago."
"I'm very, very pleased to be able to sign the class that we signed today."
"I think we have a great university to sell, a fantastic collegiate atmosphere in Kyle Field and a great town in College Station."
On QB recruits
"For us to be able to sign two quarterbacks in a year when you have a redshirt freshman win the Heisman says a lot about the confidence of these two young quarterbacks. Kenny Hill is a good player for us at 6-3 and he's more of a dual-threat playmaker. Kohl Stewart is a different kind of guy: 6-3 [and] more of a pocket passer, but the thing that scares you about him is that he can throw a baseball 93 miles per hour and will be a MLB Draft-eligible player."
On Ricky Seals-Jones
"We've got a couple of capable guys there right now. We lost a playmaker in Ryan Swope. Ricky Seals-Jones is one of the top targets in the country. He's a big target at 6-5 and has explosive playmaking ability."
On Clarence McKinney
"He's been around us and this system for five years. He knows what we're doing and just knowing what you're doing is one thing, but knowing the answers when things aren't going right is another."
On the offensive tackles:
"Jake Matthews is going to move to left tackle for us from left guard."