AUSTIN — In its pursuit of one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Texas A&M is not being alone in its quest to land the next Russell Wilson.
But signing Ryan Olsen and re-signing All-American wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is not a priority.
“You’ve got to sign some guys who can help your program,” Texas coach Kevin Sumlin said Tuesday.
“We want to keep guys like DeAndre and Ryan.”
O’Neill has struggled in the past two seasons, starting three games and completing a career-worst 63.5 percent of his passes.
He has missed three games with an ankle injury, including the past five with a sprained ankle.
He is expected to miss a minimum of two games.
He averaged 19.2 yards per attempt in his final two seasons at Texas A &M.
But Sumlin has stressed the importance of a young, dynamic quarterback to the program.
The addition of Olsen would give Sumlin and the Aggies a big upgrade in the quarterback position, but he is not convinced the addition would help in the recruiting game.
“Ryan doesn’t play for us,” Sumlin told reporters Tuesday.
“(He) hasn’t been here since his senior year.
So he hasn’t had any real exposure to Texas A.M. and we haven’t had much to compare him to.”
The Texas coach said he is open to the idea of signing Olsen if he was to commit to Texas and sign a scholarship.
But he said he will not commit to O’Neil, whom he said was not a top-tier prospect and that his decision not to sign him was based on a desire to keep his scholarship.
The Aggies have to make a decision about signing O’Neal as soon as next week.
O’Neil played for the Houston Cougars, Houston Baptist and Oklahoma.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL draft.
He also played quarterback at Texas Tech and is projected to be a top NFL prospect.
Sumlin, who was a quarterback coach at Texas, said O’Donnell has had “good, strong relationships” with Texas A’s coaches.
He said he was “not surprised” that O’Nell signed with Texas.
“I think you’re going to have to get somebody else’s opinion and we’re not going to do that,” Sumli said.
“It’s a little bit frustrating because you’re trying to get to the quarterback and you want him to be the best.
He’s got good athleticism. “
He’s a good passer.
He’s got good athleticism.
He can run the football.
He makes plays.
He gets the ball to people.
We’ll get a guy that’s going make the best of that.”
Ogletree, a six-foot-two, 210-pound prospect from the University of Kansas, played quarterback in college.
He threw for 1,531 yards and 12 touchdowns with 11 interceptions last season.
He rushed for 639 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 109 yards.