Last season, for the first time since 2005, Texas A&M signed more state top 50 players than Texas.
Of the top five committed players in Texas, according to Rivals.com, Texas A&M has two of them. Alabama and LSU have one each, while Baylor has the only one of the group that isn't committed to an SEC school.
Texas A&M commit Nick Harvey, a safety from Richmond (Texas) Travis who is one of that group of five, told 247sports.com that the Aggies being in the SEC played a big part in his decision.
“I always wanted to play in the SEC,” Harvey told the site. “I'd say them being in the SEC had about 25 or 30 percent to do with my decision.”
Mitchel was recruited by the Aggies out of high school, but the draw of playing in the SEC wound up being too much to ignore.
He wound up choosing the Razorbacks over Nebraska.
“Toward the end of my decision, I wanted to go somewhere where I'm playing against the best,” Mitchel said. “When you go against the best, that's when it really brings out your talent. You have to play the best to be the best.”
By Ryan AberA look at Big 12 and SEC recruiting in Texas