Texas A&M recruiting gains hashed out on Twitter
JUN 18, 2014 10:35p ET
Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin is the kind of guy who seems hip to the latest trends. But ask him about the #WRTS hashtag trending on A&M-related social media and Sumlin doesn't have much to say.
"I've never tweeted that," Sumlin told The Dallas Morning News at a speaking engagement in Fort Worth earlier this week. "No take on that."
While it's true Sumlin has never, as far as anyone can tell, tweeted "#WRTS" -- he prefers the cryptic "YESSIR" when the Aggies get a new commitment -- plenty of A&M-related twitter accounts have used the term.
It's even appeared in a graphic on @AggieFootball, the program's official twitter feed.
Aggie Outfitters will be glad to sell you a #WRTS T-shirt. The shirt features the hashtag against a Texas backdrop.
The retailer's description tells what #WRTS stands for. It's not promoting a Top-40 radio station in Erie, Penn. Nor is it repping a hip-hop outfit called We Run The Streets.
What #WRTS stands for is "We Run This State." It's a shot across the bow of the University of Texas and anyone else who dares to recruit the state's top football talent.
Texas A&M is putting together one of the best recruiting classes in the nation for 2015. The #WRTS hashtag is most often used in celebratory fashion after the Aggies get a commitment or other good news in recruiting. It's the Twitter equivalent of the "Whoop!" shout of approval by Aggies.
The "We Run This State" slogan isn't original. It's a big deal in the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry. Kentucky basketball fans can purchase the slogan on a blue T-shirt and an Internet search shows it associated with the Oregon Ducks. "We Run This State" has also become a slogan for some fans of the LA Kings hockey team.
Sumlin didn't have a take on #WRTS, but he did comment on A&M's momentum in recruiting while referencing the $450 million makeover of Kyle Field.
"We're just in a different time right now," Sumlin said. "There are a lot of young players who understand where we're headed, and because of that they've been able to come to our campus and see what's going on from a construction standpoint, and a lot of standpoints."
Sumlin is probably wise to avoid publicly associating with the #WRTS hashtag so that it doesn't come back on him as a controversy. He did, however, address a couple of other controversial topics, as reported by The Dallas Morning News.
Regarding the recent dismissal of players Isaiah Golden and Darian Claiborne, Sumlin said: "Part of our job is development. Those are two young guys that we worked really hard with to try to get them to the right way, and at the end of the day, they didn't, and we took action."
The dismissals came along with a number of player arrests during the offseason. Sumlin has addressed the problem through the hiring of Mikado Hinson, the former team chaplain at the University of Houston, to be the new director of player development.
"It's not anything we're sweeping under the rug," Sumlin told The Dallas Morning News about the off-field incidents. "We're working on it."
"We'll see more as we get to fall camp and we'll see where they are," Sumlin said.
In other words: #purposefullyvague.
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