HOOVER, Ala. — As the saying in business, life and college football sometimes goes– “Timing is everything.”
No truer words have been spoken in regards to the Texas A&M quarterback situation.
While the Aggies’ direction at the quarterback seems very clear now that Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight is firmly entrenched as the team’s starter, if the off-season departures of Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray had happened a little differently there’s a chance Knight would be playing elsewhere.
Stuck behind Baker Mayfield on a team that made the College Football Playoff in 2015, Knight was in search of a place to play out his final season of eligibility. He sent some inquiries to schools he thought could be interested in his services, and Texas A&M was high on his list. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t initially high on Sumlin’s.
“I called Coach Sumlin because I was thinking this is a different conference and it’s closer to home, so I might as well have a conversation,” Knight recalled on Tuesday. “He was very adamant on the idea that they had two quarterbacks that they were comfortable with, and he told me that and said ‘Thanks for the conversation, but that’s the direction that we’re moving forward in.”
After initially turning away Knight’s advances, the rapid departures of Allen and Murray left the Aggies with just one scholarship quarterback following the 2015 season.
Sumlin’s tune changed quickly. Knight said he wouldn’t go as far as saying Sumlin was begging, but it was clear that he needed Knight.
“Fast forward a week or so and that situation is a little bit different,” Knight said. “So our phone calls after that were a little bit different as well. We started having those more recruiting like conversations and just kept moving forward from there. I had to decide what was the best place for me and my senior year, and after praying on it and thinking about it for a long time I decided it was A&M and everything has worked out so far.”