New Head Coach Billy Kennedy knew he needed to make a splash at Texas A&M both on the court and in recruiting. Kennedy inherited a loaded, yet veteran team that will lose some key pieces over the next two years. Knowing this Kennedy hit the recruiting trail hard in the always fertile grounds of the state of Texas.
On Friday Kennedy got the news he was waiting for when Reese pulled the trigger on his verbal commitment and decided to become an Aggie. Reese, who is one of the top point guards in the country, has a brother who is a manager at A&M, and his father was offered an assistant spot at the school which he eventually turned down.
Even with those connections, landing the No. 47 prospect in the country has to be considered a major coup for A&M. Many thought Kansas was the leader for Reese, and also he entertained offers from Alabama, Louisville, Baylor, Memphis, LSU, Texas, and others. Now the question is can his presence lead to others following suit.
Right in Texas A&M's backyard is another four-star prospect, Alex Caruso. Caruso has A&M as one of his favorites, and has been on record stating that he always dreamed of playing in an Aggie uniform. Now knowing that he will have a solid floor general beside him, it will be interesting to see if Texas A&M can seal the deal with Colorado right there on their heels.
More so than just Caruso, who many feel is A&M's to lose, Prince Ibeh and Marcus Smart will now be the major focuses. Smart is one of the premier wing players in the nation. He is an elite level winner and someone who can defend a multitude of positions. Ibeh is one of the elite shot blockers in the country, and someone who has been in A&M's crosshairs for quite some time.
Obviously Texas A&M is a long way away from securing a class with all four of those prospects, but getting step one was a key as every great class has to have a leader.
The golden rule in recruiting is that good players want to play with other good players. Texas A&M now has a leader to their class in Reese. While Reese isn't likely to be doing much of the talking to help convince others to follow, the fact that he made the leap and decided to commit could do more than any singular conversation to help the Aggies in their pursuit of their other top targets.