Recruiting Rumors: 5-Star Flipping Away from Texas A&M Football?

Texas A&M Football WR coach Dameyune Craig

Oct 31, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig walks on the field prior to the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Is a 5-Star WR Changing His Commitment from Texas A&M Football?

The top-ranked recruit in the class for Texas A&M Football, Cam Coleman, has long been the apple of many Auburn fans’ eyes. It makes sense—Auburn is in dire need of help at the receiver spot, and Coleman attends Central High School in Phenix City, AL, less than an hour from Auburn’s campus. Hugh Freeze and company have been in hot pursuit of Coleman ever since the Auburn head man arrived on campus, but Coleman surprised many Auburn insiders and fans when he committed to Texas A&M football earlier this last summer. This drew cries of foul play from the Tiger fans, many of whom began rumors that Coleman had been close to committing to the Tigers before A&M “swooped in at the last moment”—a narrative that was busted when it was revealed that Coleman had silently committed to the Aggies over two weeks prior to his announcement.

Coleman has remained steadily in the class ever since, despite taking several visits to other schools in recent weeks. Now, though, with the departure of Jimbo Fisher as Texas A&M football head coach, smoke has begun to kick back up that Coleman might be considering a change of commitment in the forthcoming days. Pursuant to that, Bud Elliott of 247Sports logged a prediction this morning for Coleman to flip to Auburn. So is such a change imminent? I wouldn’t be so hasty.

I’m no recruiting insider, but since that time, Ryan Brauninger of Texags has had a more positive update on Coleman (paid content). Elliott has also been, in my estimation, overly critical of A&M in the past—he previously covered Florida State and did not like Jimbo by the time he left Tallahassee. His disdain, from my outside perspective, seems to have shifted to the Aggies since that time. Though he remains fair overall and a generally good follow on socials, it has felt in the past that he is quick to criticize the Aggies and loathe to give the benefit of the doubt at times.

In my opinion, a real bellwether here would be seeing if Coleman makes it to Auburn’s campus for the Iron Bowl—that would be a huge red flag for the Aggies and a huge advantage for the Tigers. We can only wait and see.