Recruiting

A quick look at Texas A&M’s 2018 recruiting class, with a grade

Jimbo Fisher and his staff had a rough early signing period. They made up for it on National Signing Day.

The Aggies signed just 10 players in the early signing period, a direct offshoot of Fisher’s late hiring. But Texas A&M signed 11 prospects on National Signing Day, with the bulk of the Aggies’ highest-rated prospects coming aboard Wednesday.

Recruiting editor Ryan Green on the class

Jimbo Fisher’s first recruiting class at Texas A&M certainly won’t go down as one of his most-acclaimed, but considering what he was up against, he still did some of his best work. That A&M was able to sign four-star WR Jalen Preston and four-star S Leon O’Neal Jr. was huge. Texas A&M also pulled a stunner by getting four-star QB James Foster. Getting four-star DL Bobby Brown to flip on Alabama was a pleasant surprise. Four-star DE Max Wright, four-star S Jordan Moore and four-star OL Luke Matthews also are big parts of this class. One thing that will stick in A&M’s craw, though, is that Texas signed 10 of the top 13 players in the state, including six of the top seven. A&M signed two of the top 13. Grade: B.

WEDNESDAY SIGNEES (12)

TE Glenn Beal: Beal (6 feet 5, 265 pounds) is a three-star prospect from River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian, in the New Orleans suburbs. Though he is not considered one of the top 25 tight ends nationally, Beal is one of the most physically imposing tight ends in the class. He chose the Aggies over LSU and Ole Miss.

DT Bobby Brown: Brown (6-4, 282 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Arlington (Texas) Lamar. Ranked as a top-20 prospect at defensive tackle, Brown initially was committed to Texas A&M before flipping to the Crimson Tide in December. He flipped back on NSD in a big win for Fisher.

RB Jashaun Corbin: Corbin (6 feet 0, 191 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Rockledge (Fla.) High, about 60 miles east of Orlando. Corbin is a one-time Florida State commitment, and A&M began recruiting him after Fisher arrived in College Station.

QB James Foster: Foster (6-3, 210 pounds) – a four-star prospect from Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier – is considered one of the top-15 dual-threat quarterbacks nationally. His recruitment was closely watched over the past month because he was one of the (very) few touted quarterbacks not to sign during the early signing period, and because of that, his importance as a recruit may have been inflated a bit. Foster was committed to Missouri for more than six months before decommitting October 26. He also visited Alabama, Florida State and LSU, and beating FSU for Foster has to feel good for Fisher.

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