Why RB Isaiah Spiller is Texas A&M's most interesting player for Alabama in Week 6

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Oklahoma and Texas A&M could soon be further entrenched in even more recruiting battles if the Sooners join the SEC. Texas A&M running back Isaiah Spiller already knows what it's like to be at the center of one. 

Back in 2017, the running back from Spring, Texas, committed to Oklahoma. A few months later, he de-committed. Then, later in 2018, he pledged to Texas A&M. 

"I still hold OU in high regards and I value the relationships that I have built with the coaching staff," Spilller tweeted as part of his statement opening his recruitment. "Please respect my decision and #BOOMERSOONER." 

That last part sure is strange to read, considering the career he's gone on to have with the Aggies. He finished third in the SEC with 1,036 rushing yards in 2020. 

His connection to two schools at the center of the latest conference realignment drama is just one part of what makes him interesting. 

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Important also probably fits Spiller. He returns for his junior year after Texas A&M lost its starting quarterback and four offensive linemen. The Aggies will likely have to rely on Spiller and the running back group to lead the way early in the season. 

But the description of interesting also fits Spiller's backstory. He is a Texas A&M legacy player. So when he de-committed from Oklahoma and later changed his pledge, he joined the school where his dad played. Fred Spiller spent time with the Aggies at tight end from 1999 to 2000 before injuries forced him to stop playing football. 

Fred Spiller later became an ordained minister. 

As to his son's profession long-term, that remains to be seen. But in the short-term, more likely than not, he will play professional football. In July, The Athletic draft analyst Dane Brugler ranked Spiller as his second overall running back for the 2022 NFL Draft. 

Spiller is already cashing in, though, on his talents. He received one of the first major deals for an interview made possible by NIL rules. TexAgs announced he would receive $10,000 for an exclusive feature interview, made possible through a sponsor. 

Between his connection to NIL and conference realignment, the two most topical things in college football, Spiller earns the label of most interesting.