Texas A&M Football Could Benefit After Arkansas WR Signee is Released From LOI
Late in the early signing period, as the new staff for Texas A&M football was closing out several high school recruitments, there was an interesting name on the visitor list to College Station. Then-Arkansas verbal commitment Ashton Bethel-Roman, a top-150 player in the nation per 247, had made his way to Aggieland to check out what Texas A&M football had to offer under Mike Elko.
Though the Aggies made things interesting, Bethel-Roman eventually signed with the Hogs. That seemed to pretty much wrap things up; a miss for the Aggies, but it was a long shot in the first place.
Now, it appears that things have gotten interesting once more. Christina Long of Hawgs Illustrated is reporting that Bethel-Roman has been released from his Letter of Intent and will sign with a different program this upcoming week.
This comes on the heels of Arkansas WR coach Kenny Guiton leaving for Wisconsin after the early signing period. According to Ryan Brauninger of Texags, the timing of that staffing change was troublesome for Bethel-Roman.
Given the strong push that the Aggies made recently, I have to think they are the other program in contention here. The insiders feel confident as well, as both Brauninger and Jason Howell of Texags have intimated that the A&M side has been aware of these developments for quite some time.
This would be a great development for Mike Elko and Texas A&M football. Transition classes always are a bit rough, but bringing in talent at receiver was a huge issue after most of the pass-catchers decommitted. They flipped Florida WR commit Izaiah Williams on signing day, and five-star Terry Bussey can play receiver (as well as pretty much any skill position on the field), but adding a talent like Bethel-Roman would go a long way here.