Nobody had a stronger close to the 2018 recruiting cycle than Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M. And with a couple of key pieces already in tow for the 2019 class, the Aggies have a chance to have one of the best classes in the nation.
And one of those elite 2019 commits, 4-star cornerback Bobby Wolfe, is already calling his shot for the Aggies’ 2019 class. In an interview with Taylor Hamm of Aggie Scoop, Wolfe said, “Our class is going to be way better than Texas.”
— Taylor Hamm (@_TaylorHamm) February 10, 2018
The Aggies already have the No. 4 class in 2019, buoyed by 5-star commit Brian Williams. Texas meanwhile has just one commitment for the 2019 cycle, and the Longhorns rank as the No. 41 class in the 2019 rankings.
As for 2018, the Aggies put together the No. 17 class, led by the likes of 4-star safety Leon O’Neal Jr. and 4-star quarterback James Foster. The Longhorns however finished with the No. 3 class in the 2018 cycle and landed 11 of the top 15 players in the state of Texas. The Aggies just landed 3, but that can largely be attributed to the fact that Fisher had only 8 weeks to put together a recruiting class. Given more time to focus on the 2019 class, the Aggies should be able to significantly close the gap on the Longhorns recruiting edge.
Both teams went 7-6 in 2017, with the Longhorns winning their bowl game and the Aggies losing to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl. As for these two playing on the field again, it’s still much of the same. The two teams haven’t played since 2011 and when asked about it by Paul Finebaum in December, Fisher didn’t seem to indicate that playing Texas was a priority.
“As of right now, I’m concentrated on playing Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia, Florida and all those guys,” Fisher said. “Texas is there, and it’s a great university. But to me, you look at those things there, if there’s something there that benefits Texas A&M, then that’s what we do. If it doesn’t, we have to focus on the things we need to focus on and take our program where it needs to go.”
However, the two teams did meet on the hardwood in a preseason scrimmage. So hopefully one day we see the return of this rivalry, as it’s still clear these two don’t like each other.