Texas A&M Football: 5 reasons Aggies can contend in year one

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If there was one thing you couldn’t criticize Kevin Sumlin for, it was recruiting. He never finished with a recruiting class ranked below 18 (according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings) and consistently attracted in-state and out-of-state premier talent. Sumlin used Texas A&M’s move into the SEC to his advantage and A&M saw a run of consecutive high-ranked classes rarely seen at the school.

His only problem was developing that talent (more on this later) and producing results on the field.

What does that mean? It means Fisher is not only inheriting a roster returning most of its starters from a year ago, but it means those starters have talent and there is plenty of depth behind them. The Aggies ranked fifth in 2014, 11th in 2015, 18th in 2016 and 17th in 2017. There are still players remaining from all four of these classes.

While Fisher is having his own success recruiting 2019 and future classes, he has Sumlin to thank for the caliber of roster he is taking over.