There's a reason Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was all smiles on Thursday.

The Aggies were in the process of receiving commitments from wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge and linebacker Richard Moore from Cedar Hill (Texas) High School.

That's nine commitments in the last month for Texas A&M, which has 17 commitments in the 2015 class.

Lodge, who's ranked the nation's No. 9 receiver by ESPN RecruitingNation, chose Texas A&M over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Baylor, Clemson and Texas, among others.

"I've always wanted to be there," Lodge told ESPN about his commitment to Texas A&M. "It's just that environment. It's so laid back there, and they're really not on you too hard ... but when you make the wrong decisions, they will be. They're going to let you be a man and learn from your mistakes."

Texas A&M quarterback commit Kyler Murray was sure Lodge had made the right decision. Murray took to twitter Thursday to congratulate his future weapon on offense.

Shouts out to the boy @DaMarkusLodge18 for joining the regime! Where you at? @ChristianDavon2 #WRTS

— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) June 19, 2014

Notice the #WRTS at the end of Murray's tweet. It stands for "We Run This State," a clear dig at rival Texas.

Sumlin took no responsibility for the new social media campaign when asked about it by the Dallas Morning News. But he's fully aware of the buzz surrounding the Aggies, which has grown with the use of social media.

"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."

Texas A&M is in great shape from a rankings standpoint. The Aggies' class is ranked second in the nation in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, 12 spots ahead of Texas.

It's hard to believe Texas A&M's recruiting success will slow down anytime soon.

The Aggies are in good position with two highly-touted in-state prospects, linebacker Malik Jefferson and cornerback Kendall Sheffield.

Texas A&M is also considered a heavy favorite to land wide receiver Christian Kirk from Scottsdale, Ariz., according to Crystal Ball Predictions at 247Sports. Kirk, who's ranked the No. 1 prospect in Arizona by 247Sports, is the other person mentioned in Murray's tweet.

 

Saban, Kiffin make difference for Barnett

It seemed like a mild upset when quarterback Blake Barnett from Santiago High School in Corono, Calif., committed to Alabama over Oregon this week.

 

Barnett, who decommitted from Notre Dame on June 4, appeared to be leaning toward Oregon less than two weeks ago. But Barnett decided to visit Alabama on June 11, which helped the Crimson Tide land Barnett on Wednesday.

"When I went (to Alabama), I absolutely fell in love with the coaches, with the school itself," Barnett told Bleacher Report. "I met with coach (Nick) Saban about six times in a matter of about three days. He just said he thought I'd fit the program very well. He thinks he could see me succeed in their program scholastically as well."

The influence of Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin played a key role in Barnett's decision, he said.

"I think being paired up with good coaches, like Coach Kiffin, he's definitely developed great quarterbacks coming from (Southern California)," Barnett told B/R. "I think it can put me in an advantage being with a good coach like that and running a good offense with a good scheme. Hopefully it will bring me to the next level."

Alabama's 2015 class, which has 19 commitments, now has the quarterback its been searching for since Ricky Town switched his commitment from the Crimson Tide to USC on Jan. 25.

Alabama continues to have the nation's No. 1 ranked class in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

 

Francois down to three schools

Quarterback Deondre Francois from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., announced this week his three finalists are Auburn, Florida State and Oregon.

"Everybody is the same," he told 247Sports.

That might be true, although Florida State has appeared to be the favorite to land Francois for several weeks. But that hasn't kept Auburn from heavily pursuing Francois, who visited Auburn on Monday.

Francois told 247Sports he's intrigued by the idea of playing in an offense run by head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

"This offense is real good for me," Francois said. "I went over it (Tuesday) with Coach Lashlee and I like that this is a Heisman quarterback winning offense. I feel like I can complete the ball in this offense, run the ball a little bit. I just feel like I fit the offense well."

Auburn already has a commitment from quarterback Tyler Queen from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga.

Auburn is also recruiting Plantation, Fla.,  quarterback Torrance Gibson, who has said he plans to wait until after his senior season to announce a decision. Francois is expected to make his commitment next month,