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08:19 AM ET 07.02 | Just ask Brandon Leone about the impact Kevin Sumlin is having at Texas A&M. As a former Aggie running back, Leone played under both R.C. Slocum and Dennis Franchione. As an analyst for TexAgs.com, he covered A&M football in the waning days of Mike Sherman's tenure. ... "When you look at the last three coaches at Texas A&M, you've got Mike Sherman, Dennis Franchione, R.C. Slocum ... And then Kevin Sumlin comes in, and I think he brings something different," Leone said on a podcast with blogger Aaron Torres. "He's young, he brings a little of that swagger to the table and the recruits are just loving it. The team is feeding off him. He's not afraid to rub shoulders with guys."

The Dallas Morning News

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July 2, 2012  08:26 AM ET

It's good that he can "rub shoulders with the guys" aka relating to the kids. Probably a good recruiting technique too.

Still has to stay on the other side of the line and let the the kids know where that line is.

JMO but I've seen this blow up too many times when coaches/teachers are viewed as "one of the guys" or something similar.

July 2, 2012  08:38 AM ET

"loving" "rub shoulders"?

This a PSU article?

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July 2, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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The recruiting works out better now only cause they are in the SEC.Better than what TT is getting for sure.

Aggie's always recruited more talent than TT! In fact, they've always recruited more talent than any Texas school sans UTx...and some years they even out recruited them. (One disclaimer-TCU probably out recruited them the past few years but I'll defer to the recruiting gurus on whether this is so or not.)

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July 2, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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The recruiting works out better now only cause they are in the SEC.Better than what TT is getting for sure.

Sherman was a great recruiter - had the I can show you what it takes to play in the NFL card.

Recruits have never been the issue, its living up to expectations that always seem to get the aggys

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July 2, 2012  10:30 AM ET

How do I know this is just a bunch of sunshine pumping? The person being interviewed is "an analyst for TexAgs.com,".
THE MOST ridiculous forum and website on planet earth. Go take a look for yourself, Its worth the price of admission.

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July 2, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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I agree.. thats any Coach... Arky won with their loaded 3* 5.7s under Pretrino... so a lot of its coaching and evaluations.. This is only his 1st year, they will take a beating against the top teams.. But recruiting is about establishing relationships.. That takes 2 years...So his 3rd year is when they should see a huge jump as far as "rankings" go... fwiw LUS is loaded with 3*s as well..

I keep hearing this. First it was Francione, then it was Sherman. One year ago, even 10 months ago Aggies were hailing Sherman's coaching and recruiting abilities. Then 6 losses and he is gone.

Maybe this time it will actually happen.

July 2, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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So its not OrangeBlood or ShaggyBevo?

Shaggybevo? You venture into that place you better go hard or those guys will eat you alive.

Orangebloods? They dont' hold a candle to the ridiculous group-thinking, echo chamber, irrational, closed-minded, censor-happy, gooberness that is Texags.

I find the shag to be intentionally funny and Texags to be unintentionally so.

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July 2, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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Sumlin has them on the right track... Now its about coaching them and developing them...Unfortunate for Moo State and Arky, they are becoming the #2 school in La for recruits LUS cant take...

I'm hoping Mullen can get a permanent foot into N. La. and N.O. I know LUS will always have first pick, but they can only take so many. Maybe Arky can get back into TX more now that Aggy is on board. Mullen also needs to lock up MS Gulf kids that traditionally play anywhere but MS.

 
July 2, 2012  10:47 AM ET

Aggies have the potential to be great as soon as their obsession changes from UTx to winning. Plus they need real cheerleaders :)

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