these two states don't really agree with eacother.
Sure they do. You cite recent history as an indicator that A&M will not turn the corner. I am pointing out that their recent dysfunction occurred, largely because they were in the Big 12 conference with no inherent recruiting advantages, coached by the likes of Dennis Franchione. Their prime recruiting territory was dominated by Texas, OU and LSU, and they got leftovers.
Now they have a new coach, have the SEC as a recruiting tool, a re-energized Kyle Field (which is about to undergo major renovations). Their recruiting classes are going to be on par with ours, because they are about to start getting recruits, like RSJ, who would not have given them the time of day 3-4 years ago.
It's just realistic to say that their talent level is going to be on par with ours in the next few years, and their recent history will not be a disadvantage for them going forward.