Breaking Down the Buzz: Texas A&M

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Kevin Sumlin is flying high on the recruiting trail. (USATSI)
Kevin Sumlin is flying high on the recruiting trail. (USATSI)
Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Eye on College Football examines what current hot topic the fans of one BCS team are obsessing over -- rationally or not -- in Breaking Down the Buzz. Today's team: the Texas A&M Aggies.

What they're talking about is ... recruitingrecruitingrecruitingRECRUITING. Yeah, it's a shocker: college football message boards affiliated with a major SEC program, deep into offseason, discussing recruiting. But aside from the expected stray Johnny Manziel thread, take a scroll down the GigEm247 forum or other Aggie boards, and the most dominant topic is -- go figure -- potential future Aggies.

Of particular interest is a top-ranked Allen, Texas prospect who may be leaning towards the Aggies when he signs in ... wait for it ... 22 months. That prospect is class of 2016 offensive tackle Greg Little, and it's not an exaggeration to call him "top-ranked" -- the hot-off-the-presses 2016 247Sports composite rankings call him the No. 1 recruit in the country.

And though it's early -- very, very, very, very early -- seven of the 9 predictions of the 247Sports Crystal Ball have Little headed to Texas A&M. So, yes, that's worth some chatter.

What they're saying is ... WOOOO. I mean, duh. One hot take at GigEm247 on the potential combination of Little and fellow 2016 five-star tackle Patrick Hudson -- who unlike Little is already committed to A&M, and also unlike Little is merely the No. 9 overall prospect in the class:

Holy s---. I just watched both their highlights from this past season on HUDL and it is just downright dirty, scary, and awesome that we have a good chance at landing both of these studs for 2016. Currently leading the predictions for Greg Little and have Patrick Hudson committed. Getting both could only help us in the quest for the OTU title (Offensive Tackle University).

The rest of the thread is largely occupied in debating whether A&M's current run of top-10 overall offensive line draft picks -- starting with Luke Joeckel, and followed by Jake Matthews, then possibly current Aggies Cedric Ogbuehi and Germain Ifedi -- will reach four, or stay at merely three. There's also this:

Hudson leonard davis, great comparison. Maybe ath enough to be o pace.

Little is jon ogden

So if you're keeping track, Hudson -- currently a high school sophomore -- might be best compared to All-American Leonard Davis, but he also might be athletic enough to be the second coming of one College Football Hall of Famer. And Little --also currently a high school sophomore -- is the second coming of a second, different College Football Hall of Famer. Message boards: always the best.

What we think is ... go ahead and WOOOOO. It's very, very good to be a Texas A&M fan when it comes to recruiting right now; the Aggies are already well on their way to a top-5 (if not top-1) 2015 recruiting class, landing potential three-year bookend tackles in Little and Hudson would be a coup regardless of hype, and the old enemy hasn't yet entirely found its footing after the end of Mack Brown's tenure. You'd be giddy, too.

Of course, another merely decent season on the field might throw some cold water on all of that off-the-field success; long-term, Kevin Sumlin will have to do better than 2013's fourth-place finish in the SEC West. But for now, make all the Hall of Fame comparisons you want, Aggie fans.

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