Mandatory Credit: Photo by Artie Walker Jr/AP/Shutterstock (13486702h) Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher gestures during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against South Carolina, in Columbia, S.C Texas A M South Carolina Football, Columbia, United States – 22 Oct 2022
A&M’s recruiting class still has some work to do, much like the team itself
This time last year, Texas A&M was celebrating its greatest recruiting class and one that was lauded as the best ever. They landed eight five-star recruits, adding to a team that was already pretty solid. But then the loss to Appalachian State happened, starting a spiral that sent the Aggies to a losing record.
Fast forward a year, and thinks aren’t so rosy. According to 247sports.com, the Aggies sit 14th in the country, with two five stars, 10 four stars and six three stars. SEC foes Alabama and Georgia were 1-2, and the Texas Longhorns checked in at No. 3
The Aggies still came in ahead of USC (15), Michigan (17) and Auburn (19).
While recruiting rankings are frankly pretty silly, it is spot on in some places. There’s a reason Alabama is always near the top of these and is a title contender every year. But trying to guess year by year is futile. Still, it’s big business, and it impacts coaching staffs and fan bases.
So coming on the heels of Jimbo Fisher’s disaster season, it is not a good look. Keep in mind this is early signing day and the Aggies could still pull more players.
El Campo running back Rueben Owens and DT David Hicks of Katy Paetow are the five-star recruits in this class and the highest rated of this group.
The Aggies also have 14 former 4-star players in the transfer portal and a host of three stars. But they still have the big commits from last year, and a few months to beef up this final class. A&M might not be celebrating the No. 1 recruiting class right now, but it is not a disaster.
That came in the regular season. And that’s where last year’s class will need to come into play to keep it from happening again.