Late Sunday, four-star linebacker Otaro Alaka ended his Texas commitment of nearly 10 months and switched to Texas A&M. And then the flurry of hatred on Twitter began. Longhorns fans Tweeted that he was giving up good academics for bad, that he was heading to play for the worst defense in the SEC, that he should burn in … ahem … the underworld.
In other words … Alaka is a huge pickup for the Aggies.
“I’d like to thank Coach Strong and UT for the offer but Ive decided to decommit from the university of Texas and commit to Texas A&M! #gigem,” Alaka Tweeted before midnight on Sunday.
For weeks, the linebacker seemed like a possibility to flip to the Aggies. He set up an official visit to College Station and he remained in contact with the Aggies’ coaching staff–especially after the Texas coaching change. He is a four-star prospect and rated the No. 163 overall recruit in America. He is physically imposing at 6-foot-3, but still has room to put some weight on at 205 pounds.
The Houston native is quick and instinctive and ready to punish.
Of Texas A&M’s 21 recruits on board, 15 of them are four-star prospects or better–clearly an indication of how the Aggies have changed recruiting in Texas over the past few years. Texas A&M’s class is ranked No. 3 in the nation now, while Texas’ is No. 13.
NOTE: All ratings refer to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.