DALLAS -- Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Justin Manning slipped on a maroon Texas A&M hat in front of friends, family and media who gathered at the school on Thursday, signifying his commitment to the Aggies.
But if Manning had gone with his first instinct, he would have reached for the purple and white TCU hat.
Manning originally had scheduled a commitment ceremony for the week of Kimball's homecoming in mid-October and said he was fully prepared to commit to TCU.
Before the conference could take place, Manning had a scheduled visit to LSU to investigate one of the 18 schools that had offered him a scholarship.
But Manning said that right before he left for Baton Rouge, LSU called to notify Manning it had pulled his scholarship offer.
The move shocked him, and he stepped away from the recruiting process to sort out his thoughts. A month and a half later, the cards fell much differently for Manning: A&M, Oklahoma then TCU.
"[TCU] can blame the Tiger Nation for that one," Manning said.
The Rivals four-star recruit said that when it came down to it, A&M's current recruiting class sold him on the Aggies.
As has become his tradition when A&M picks up a commitment, Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin tweeted out "YESSIR!" It's something he's done 33 times already for the class of 2013. He currently has the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation, according to Rivals.
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