It has been a few years since Oklahoma and Texas A&M have met on the gridiron, but the Sooners and Aggies haven’t been as linked with each other than what they have been the last few months.
It all started in December with the unofficial quarterback “trade” that saw Trevor Knight go from Norman to College Station for his senior season and Kyler Murray from an Aggie to a Sooner for three years left of eligibility.
There were no serious gripes about Knight leaving for the Aggies. After some memorable moments with the Sooners in 2013-14, Baker Mayfield took over as the man in Norman in the 2015 season. Knight was searching for somewhere to play under the graduate transfer rule. No biggie.
Murray, on the other hand, that has been something different. The vitriol has been intense from A&M fans who once saw Murray, a five-star quarterback for the 2015 class, as the next Heisman winner for the Aggies.
Following an uneven freshman season, Murray’s decision to transfer was announced on Christmas Eve. OU fans rejoiced. A&M fans went all-in on attacking his character and calling him a quitter.
We won’t know anything until the 2017 season as to what Murray has in store for the college football world, but it’s already one of the most intriguing storylines going in the game.
Then there’s the whole #GigEmGang17 vs. #SoonerSquad17 debate raging on through social media and at camps this spring.
Southlake (Texas) Carroll safety Robert Barnes said the whole idea for the OU commitment hashtag was actually partly because of A&M. The Sooners weren’t about to let the Aggies carry the day in recruiting.
OU is ranked No. 2 in the Scout rankings for the 2017 class, and #SoonerSquad17 has been out in full force the last two weekends at The Opening regional and the Rivals camp, both in the Dallas area.
Each has its ringleader in Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison for the Sooners and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman quarterback Tate Martell for the Aggies. Both easily ranked in the Scout 300.
The two engaged in a nice back-and-forth on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and there were more recruiting sparks ignited following A&M’s improbable comeback victory against Northern Iowa in double overtime in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament Sunday evening.
Trailing 69-57 with 44 seconds left, the Aggies rallied to win 92-88 in double overtime to set the stage for the Sooners vs. the Aggies. Not on the gridiron. Not on social media but in the Sweet 16 on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
A tweet by Martell has now been deleted where he said if A&M wins, OU commits Justin Broiles and Levi Draper should decommit from SoonerSquad17 and join GigEmGang17.
Broiles, never at a loss for words, had this tweet in response:
Then there’s the case of Bremond (Texas) High athlete Roshauud Paul. Offered by OU first, it seemed like he was waiting on the offer from the Aggies.
It happened, and Paul visited both College Station and Norman in the span of a two-week period. It was actually just hours after visiting OU that Paul announced his commitment to…. the Aggies.
Following the impressive turnaround by the Aggies, Paul took to Twitter about ignoring all the “haters” when it comes to A&M.
Broiles, again, was quick to strike back.
Once conference foes in the Big 12, you could argue the OU-A&M rivalry has never been hotter on the recruiting trail as the two schools continue to battle it out one major prospect after another.
Now it’s going from the gridiron to the hardwood, and you know the supporters of both teams won’t have a problem voicing their opinion.