Texas A&M is one of the good teams in college football. They have finished with a winning record every year since 2010, and have made a bowl game every year since 2009. Since Jimbo Fisher took over in 2018 for Kevin Sumlin, who left for the University of Arizona, the Aggies have been expected to perform even better than they have. Some might expect them to make (and win) the BCS National Championship, considering that Fisher won it at Florida State back in 2013.
The 12th Man, the student section at Texas A&M, packs Kyle Field every year. They are hopeful that A&M will contend for the SEC every year, but with powers like Alabama, LSU, and Georgia, this dream seems to be a little out of reach.
However, 2019 might be the year for the Aggie faithful, as Texas-born, dual-threat quarterback Haynes King, the number one quarterback recruit in the Class of 2020, committed to Texas A&M on Thursday, July 18. Let me tell you why King is so special, and why he might be the guy to lead Texas A&M to the SEC Title and, hopefully, a BCS National Championship.
First, look at King’s touchdown-to-interception ratio. During King’s sophomore year of high school, he threw for 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions. In King’s junior year, he performed even better, throwing for a whopping 42 touchdowns and only four interceptions. In King’s senior season, one in which I can only imagine that Texas A&M coaches will be coming to all of his games, I expect even better numbers.
Second, King can accumulate yards, not only through the air, but also on the ground. In King’s sophomore season, he threw for 1,662 yards, and ran for an additional 222. In King’s junior season, he threw for 3,879 yards, and ran for an additional 664.
College football is a huge step up from high school football. We have seen quarterbacks who have excelled in high school that have only performed on a mediocre level in college. Will King fall victim to the pressure of playing in front of near 100,000 fans every Saturday? I do not think so. He already plays in front of huge Texas crowds, and he appears to have the skills to succeed in college, and hopefully, one day in the NFL.
Texas A&M beat out fellow SEC powers Auburn and Tennessee in the Haynes King sweepstakes. Will they finally be able to take home the ultimate prize this upcoming season?