Texas A&M Football: Aggies are in a scrappy recruiting battle with Texas

Demani Richardson, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Demani Richardson, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /
Texas A&M Football
Demani Richardson, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /

The Texas and Texas A&M Football teams haven’t gone head-to-head on the field in a decade. Even so, this rivalry is as heated as ever. Why?

For starters, the Longhorns decided to stir things up by announcing that they will be joining the SEC in a move that did not sit well with Aggie fans. One of the few reasons why Texas A&M left the SEC nearly a decade ago was to get away from the Longhorns, who stretched their power within the conference.

That said, the two teams were still constantly butting heads, even in separate conferences. Nearly every top in-state recruit makes a decision between the Aggies and Longhorns, so this is a rivalry that will never go away.

After a long week filled with arguments about the Longhorns joining the SEC, the two teams got back to a more familiar battle in recruiting.

The Texas and Texas A&M Football teams are in the middle of a scrappy recruiting battle for an elite in-state recruit

If anything could shift the focus between these two teams back to recruiting, it would be a top-50 overall recruit and top-15 in-state recruit. Bryce Anderson, a West Brook safety added more fuel to the fire by narrowing down his list to the two premier football programs in the state that he’s from.

On Tuesday, the high 4-star recruit announced his top schools.

Even though the elite safety claims to have made a decision, he’s keeping fans on their toes, posting a series of tweets mentioning both schools. A day before his official narrowed list, he posted a pair of cleats that he purchased featuring designs for both schools.

Anderson is a relatively small safety, though his height and weight haven’t been officially measured in years. Listed at 6-0, 190-pounds, the Texas native is known for his impressive top-end speed and elusive abilities, playing on both sides of the ball in high school. At A&M, he would most likely play his natural position of safety.

On offense, he played quarterback, giving him a deeper understanding of how opposing offenses think. Even though this isn’t generally thought of as a huge strength for a player that is going to be a safety, it goes a long way for some athletes.

With relatively old safeties in Leon O’Neal, Demani Richardson, and Keldrick Carper, the Aggies need a strong safety now more than ever. Anderson would get the opportunity for instant playing time, which would have to be a huge selling point for Fisher.

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Anderson plans to commit on either Friday or Saturday, though no official date or time has been announced yet.