Amid the whir of the fax machine and phones ringing that filled A&M's football offices on National Signing Day on Wednesday was a surprise.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel decided to spend one of college football's high holy days back in College Station.
Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin said he took a break from the chaos to have a "pretty pointed and pretty direct" conversation with the Heisman winner, who has made more of a name for himself since leaving A&M with his party-going lifestyle than his work in professional football.
Before deleting his Twitter and Instagram handles last week, Manziel said he was in a better place, thanking those that stuck with him through recent hard times, adding he planned on returning to the NFL. Sumlin confirmed Manziel's claims.
"Where he is right now is in a good place." Sumlin said. "I think his ability to maintain being in that place is not just on him but on everyone around him to support him. That's where I come in and that's where people in his life come in. Him being here and being the way he was this morning and being sincere - we're always going to be here for him."
According to videos on Manziel's Snapchat, he spent some time in Kyle Field and then visited the John David Crow statue outside the stadium.
"I know for me, being an Aggie here and Heisman winner, John David Crow ... this guy meant the world to me," Manziel said in the Snapchat post.
The McFerrin Athletic Center housed a workout for Manziel and several members of the current Aggie squad, including early enrollee quarterbacks Kellen Mond and Connor Blumrick, according to several social media posts.
Manziel declined interviews with multiple local media outlets, but told KAGS' Colin Deaver that he was in town to celebrate the program's newest Aggies.
"Johnny is an Aggie and he's always going to be an Aggie and we're always going to be here for him," Sumlin said.