To say Texas A&M’s quarterback situation was “murky” in mid-December would be a huge understatement. The Aggies sawt both of their top signal-callers — Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray — transfer to other schools, leaving JUCO transfer Jake Hubenak to take the reigns for at least a year until prized five-star recruit Tate Martell arrived in College Station.
That was the initial forecast for the Aggies. Then Trevor Knight happened.
“The initial QB situation wasn’t that great (for me), but once things happened, then it looked really great,” Knight said, according to Kate Hairopoulos of Sports Day. “So I felt like this was the best opportunity.”
Knight initially reached out to Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin before their quarterback situation turned from sweet to sour, but the Aggies weren’t exactly hurting for passers so the Aggies understandably told Knight they were okay at the position.
The Aggies should consider themselves lucky to have landed Knight too, as they weren’t the only SEC West school looking to snatch up the graduate transfer.
“It was a really tough choice for him,” said Connor Knight, Trevor’s brother and former Oklahoma teammate and a long snapper and tight end at OU. “I think he had some really good conversations with [Auburn coach] Gus Malzahn and [LSU coach] Les Miles. He developed good relationships with them.”
Ultimately, Knight did choose Texas A&M over other suitors, and though the decision is widely viewed in a favorable light, the transition may not be as seamless as all would hope—for both A&M and Knight. The Aggies have a new offensive coordinator in Noel Mazzone and he will be Knight’s third coordinator in his collegiate career. That’s not exactly a winning recipe.
Still, Sumlin isn’t shy about placing Knight on a pedestal, calling him “probably the most important recruit that we secured.”
Those are pretty lofty expectations for someone who, in 24 starts, has passed for 3,424 yards while completing 57.1 percent of his throws. He’s also thrown 25 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, while rushing for 853 yards and eight scores, a clear indication of both the talent and inconsistencies that got him benched.
Maybe what Knight has to offer most to Texas A&M isn’t a four-touchdown performance, but a personality that will can competently guide Sumlin’s offense until his successor arrives.