3. Lack of development from key recruits
Oh boy, where do we start? The Sumlin era had some very bright spots, I won’t deny that. I will forever smile at the mention of Myles Garrett, Armani Watts, Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds along with anyone else I may have left of this list.
There are also guys like Ricky Seals-Jones and Speedy Noil that I’ll just shake my head and roll my eyes at. Sure Reynolds and Kirk were electrifying and absolutely brilliant to watch and brought success to the Aggies. That success should have been doubled with RSJ and Speedy, both of whom were highly touted recruits out of high school.
RSJ for the most part wasn’t a total bust and found a niche as a blocker, but a guy that size needs to be catching a lot of touchdowns, which he didn’t. And let’s not get started on Speedy. The guy is an elite athlete who posted NFL Combine numbers that a guy his size shouldn’t have, but I also remember a lot of drops and a lot of trouble off the field.
As far as I’m concerned, you get recruits like that and are paid what Sumlin was paid, and then the kids don’t live up to their potential? That’s unacceptable.