Buda (Texas) Hays offensive tackle Connor Lanfear has flipped his commitment from Texas and pledged with Texas A&M. The 247Composite four-star took in the Aggies’ first spring practice of 2014 and gave head coach Kevin Sumlin a reason to light up the “YESSIR!” signal this afternoon.

Earlier Friday the 6-foot-5.5, 285-pound lineman spoke to GigEm247 about his impending commitment to A&M. According to Lanfear, as soon as he stepped foot on the College Station campus this morning, he knew Aggieland was eventually going to be home for the next four to five years.

“The moment I tell coach Sumlin today that I’m going to be an Aggie and give my pledge will be the moment of my life to this point,” Lanfear said. “I’ll hold that memory for the rest of my life.”

"The environment at A&M fits me so perfectly. I grew up a good ol’ boy and just the environment around the community, the degree plans, the way everyone in the town treats the football players and student athletes, plus A&M being in the SEC and having such awesome coaches, and the recent history of offensive lineman going to the next level - all those things combined made it a perfect fit.”

The Aggies have produced some elite linemen over the past few years. Luke Joeckel went No. 2 overall in last year’s NFL draft, Jake Matthews is projected to be a first-rounder this year and Cedric Ogbuehi is projected to be a one in next year’s draft. Being a part of that tradition and possibly following in the footsteps of those “Maroon Goons” is a big draw to the future SEC lineman.

“A&M is become an O-Line factory,” Lanfear said. “They’re producing top-notch lineman after top-notch lineman. That’s such a huge draw and how could you not want to be coached by coach (B.J.) Anderson. They’ve obviously been doing something right to be producing such highly skilled guys.”

Lanfear gave new Texas head coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorn staff a fair shot to keep him committed. In fact, he attended Texas’ junior day last weekend. According to Lanfear, Strong and offensive line coach Joe Wickline gave him the hard sell on why he should remain a Longhorn.

“I just want to make it clear that Texas did still want me bad,” he said. “At the junior day I went into coach Strong’s office with coach Wickline and talked with them for a good 30 minutes. They made it very clear to me that I was wanted very badly. They understood with a new coaching staff that I wanted to look around. There was never kind of hint at pulling my offer or anything like that. From my understanding, they still wanted me badly.”

Going from being a Longhorn to an Aggie speaks for itself but the landscape of college football inside the Lone Star State has changed significantly over the past few years.

“I’m just very excited about my commitment because I feel it’s been a good fit for me all along,” Lanfear said. “When I’m in College Station I get this feeling in my gut that says, ‘This is the place.’ Making the flip wasn’t all that difficult. The coaches at Texas are going to have a lot of success. They’re good men, they’re honorable men of high character, and it was nothing personal against them. I just felt A&M was going to be a better fit for me.”

The competition level along the offensive line is going to be very competitive. A&M signed five linemen in 2014 and have one of the state’s top tackles committed already in the class of 2015. The opportunity to compete against those guys is something that Lanfear is looking forward to when he gets to A&M because he feels it will help him get to the next level.

“I’ve always been a competitive guy all my life,” he said. “The thought of anyone else beating me in anything has always fired me up and made me work harder. I’m very ecstatic about the opportunity to compete and show what I have in the future. In the SEC, it’s the best conference in the nation, so I’m excited about playing against the best.”