3. No more attrition in the 2018 class
It’s almost unheard of for a coaching change to not have repercussions on current recruiting classes. The entirety of the Texas A&M 2018 recruiting class was hand selected by Kevin Sumlin and his staff. Those recruits formed relationships with Sumlin and were expecting, however wishful that might have been, to play for him when they signed their letters of intent.
Now it’s Jimbo Fisher, rather than Sumlin, that will be their head coach should they choose to stick to their original pledge. Nobody saw the Aggies’ poaching Fisher from the Seminoles and it’s safe to say that the recruiting class was equally surprised by the new man on campus.
That upheaval saw two players, Cade Fortin and Leon O’Neal, decommit from the 2018 class. Fortin attended camp at Florida State but did not receiver an offer. O’Neal had offers from just about everywhere, except Florida State
Compare the loss of those two recruits to what’s happened in Westwood. Chip Kelly was considered a slam-dunk hire for UCLA, but the Bruins have seen eight players decommit since Jim Mora was fired. Two decommitments would be a huge win for the Aggies’ and early impressions of coach Fisher make that seem attainable.