Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher signed his first class since leaving Florida State to become the head man in College Station.
The class looked like it was heading in the wrong direction, but the Aggies closed very strong and ended up with a good haul.
Here’s what Fisher had to say when it was all said and done:
Big picture thoughts:
“We met a huge area of need with a lot of great players and outstanding young men. The thing that’s amazing about this group is not only the athleticism, but tremendous students and tremendous people. And that is a big factor in how we evaluate. A lot of guys have what I call “football intelligence.” They’re true football players. I think we live in a combine world and we get caught up in numbers which are extremely important for athleticism, but when you turn the film on it was very productive on the field. Because at the end of the day, it’s about how productive you are on the field and how you play.”
On James Foster’s recruitment:
“We talk about a quarterback, can he throw? Can he run? But you know what I always ask? Can he win? Can he affect the guys on the team in a positive way? Can he bring people up? He took over a team that had no wins when he got there in high school. He built them up and took them to 8-3 or 9-4 as a junior, something like that, and 10-2 as a senior. It’s not only his physical abilities, but his ability to impress his will upon others … Our goals and his goals matched up, and it was something he wanted to bring out here to Texas A&M and we’re extremely glad he did.”
On recruiting nationally vs just in the state of Texas:
“I think you have to (recruit nationally) because years ago you were in a regional world. You’re not even in a national world now, you’re in a global world. You’re getting players from out of state, different countries, different things. But always, we want to recruit the state of Texas. Listen, I think football in the state of Texas is as good as anywhere. Other states have great football and they do. But Texas football doesn’t take a backseat to anybody.”
You can listen to Fisher’s full press conference here.