Now that Jimbo Fisher is coach at Texas A&M, the work begins immediately to keep the Aggies on track on the recruiting trail.
After spending the past eight seasons at Florida State, where he was 83-23, including winning the 2013 national title, Fisher was introduced Monday as A&M’s new coach and wasted no time in getting out to recruit.
He is in new territory; while FSU occasionally recruited Texas players, Fisher now will get the bulk of his players from the state. Fisher is inheriting a solid group of commitments that was built by Sumlin and his staff, although there have been some recent decommitments since Sumlin was fired.
Texas A&M’s 2018 class currently sits at 14 commitments, and all are in-state prospects. That includes six recruits who are top-300 prospects nationally.
That list features four-star offensive linemen Luke Matthews of Missouri City Elkins and Colten Blanton of Cypress Cy Ranch; four-star defensive linemen Max Wright of Katy Taylor and Bobby Brown of Arlington Lamar; four-star safety Jordan Moore of Yoakum High; and four-star wide receiver Jalen Preston of Manvel High, who currently is the highest-rated player in the Aggies’ class.
If Fisher is able to keep those six in the fold, it will make his first few weeks on the job in College Station a lot easier.
Interestingly, while at FSU, Fisher signed two five-star recruits from Texas. Five-star defensive lineman Mario Edwards arrived from Denton Ryan in 2012 and five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson signed from Houston Episcopal in 2017. Both were national top-10 recruits.
Fisher presumably will try to bring back the prospects who decommitted following the firing of Kevin Sumlin. A high priority should be safety Leon O’Neal, from Cypress Cy Springs. O’Neal, among the top 10 safeties in the country, had been committed to Texas A&M for six months before announcing his decommitment December 1. O’Neal was the highest-rated player in the class, and he also had been one of the Aggies’ best recruiters.
Another interesting sub-plot are Florida State decommitments. Since it became apparent that Fisher was leaving Tallahassee, FSU has had seven decommitments. Could any of those follow Fisher to the SEC?
There is no doubt that Fisher has a ton to do to salvage this recruiting class, and it will not be fair to judge Fisher on this class. Those judgments can begin with the 2019 class. But Fisher is an accomplished recruiter, one of the best in the country, so don’t put it past him to not only salvage but add talent to the 2018 class.
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