Texas A&M’s 2018 recruiting class was headed toward disaster before the Aggies won several more elite targets on National Signing Day.
And just like that, Jimbo Fisher’s first recruiting class in College Station went from disappointment to one of the best in the SEC.
SEC Network analysts Gene Chizik and Marcus Spears were recently asked which first-year SEC coach pulled in the best class. The easy answer, according to the duo? Texas A&M. Here’s what Chizik had to say:
“I think the first thing you have to look at is what Jimbo did in the 11th hour,” Chizik said. “He finished the race. When you jump seven spots, do you know how many good players you have to sign to jump seven spots? And he really did that. And he did that.
“You gotta give his staff credit. He didn’t have his whole staff hired until a few weeks ago. The jumps that he made — he just got the big tailback out of Florida, he got some key kids in the state of Texas.”
Fisher didn’t sign the highest-rated class among coaches at new spots — that honor goes to Florida’s Dan Mullen according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The Gators finished fourth in the SEC while the Aggies were close by at No. 6. The difference in the class is narrow, and A&M finished with more blue chip prospects (13 to 12).
It’s a great class for Fisher to build a foundation on, and things are looking up for the Aggies heading into 2018.