(ESPN) – Nearly a century before Kevin Sumlin introduced the Swagcopter and Twitter hashtags to College Station, Texas A&M was still at the cutting edge of the recruiting game.
Harrison J. Allen, whose late great grandfather, Dr. Richard Henry “Chicken” Harrison Jr., played for Texas A&M as early as 1917, recently discovered a recruiting letter that then-Aggies coach Dana X. Bible sent to Harrison.
Written Aug. 20, 1919, Bible wrote to Harrison in hopes he would return to the A&M football team for the 1919 season. Allen said Harrison played for the Aggies in 1917 but not in 1918 as many members of the team served the United States in World War I. Harrison served in both World War I and World War II, and Allen said it is his understanding, though he’s not 100 percent certain, that 1918 was one of his years of service.
Pretty interesting stuff. The technology used in the recruiting game has obviously changed in the last 100 years, but the message has stayed the same. Coaches begging these kids to come play for them, “we want you, we need you, must have you”.
Chicken is a hell of a nickname.