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A&M coach tweets hard after losing recruit, then loses another

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin lost another quarterback Wednesday when the nation’s top-rated recruit decommitted from the Aggies.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin lost another quarterback Wednesday when the nation’s top-rated recruit decommitted from the Aggies. AP

Texas A&M’s run of quarterbacks running away continued late Wednesday night when Tate Martell, the nation’s No. 1-rated dual-threat quarterback and an Aggies commit since August, tweeted that he has decided to reopen his recruitment.

Martell’s tweet is time stamped 10:30 p.m. CT. Six minutes later, at 10:36 p.m., came this curious tweet from A&M wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead:

The obvious reaction on Twitter was that Moorehead’s tweet was directed at Martell. Four minutes later, at 10:40 p.m., Moorehead sent out this tweet, which has since been deleted:

Scared for this next group of kids. There is no accountability and no sense of positivity when it comes to adversity. #selfish #allaboutme

— Aaron Moorehead (@Amo8685) May 5, 2016

When things started to get really hairy on Twitter, Moorehead decided he better clear the air. With a tweet at 11 p.m., he claimed he wasn’t tweeting at Martell and that, in fact, he didn’t even know Martell had decommitted. Of course, the timing of Moorehead’s initial tweet makes his explanation seem awfully fishy, but maybe indeed it was simply coincidental.

And then came…

And…

Moorehead’s denial, however, didn’t fly with Aggies commit Mannie Netherly, a four-star wide receiver from Crosby. He tweeted his decommitment at 12:03 a.m., citing Moorehead’s tweet:

Aggies fans had been living with some trepidation that Martell could bolt for a couple months now. He’s a social-media savvy youngster who has documented just about every step of his recruiting process.

In March, he shared his visit to Ohio State, the first real red flag that A&M could be slipping on his most-favored list. Just a few weeks ago, he requested that his followers chill out while he takes all of his official visits.

Clearly A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was feeling uneasy about Martell’s commitment — and, mind you, a commitment is non-binding and players decommit all the time — because he offered three-star San Clemente quarterback Jack Sears a scholarship just a couple of week ago.

Twitter sure can be fun, but this is just another reminder that it’s always best to take a deep breath, relax and think twice about hitting “send.”

Now A&M isn’t just down a QB prospect, but a darn good receiver, too.

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