Reason No. 2: The Texas A&M Football team has become a top target for in-state talent
Before Jimbo Fisher came around, the Texas A&M Football team did a solid job recruiting. Sumlin consistently had top-25 recruiting classes, but the Aggies couldn’t find their way out of the middle of the pack recruiting-wise in the SEC.
In-state recruiting battles with their rival Texas weren’t necessarily lopsided before Fisher’s arrival, but the Longhorns often got the better of A&M. Not anymore.
Take the 2022 recruiting cycle as an example. Out of the top 15 prospects in the state of Texas, four are committed to Texas A&M. Only a single one is committed to play for the Texas Longhorns. The head-to-head recruiting battles went from a toss-up that tended to lean toward the Longhorns to a pretty clear advantage to the Maroon and White.
That’s just looking at things on a small scale too.
Taking a step back, the Texas A&M Football team has become one of the premier programs for any high school recruit to hold interest in. Whether or not they end up playing for Jimbo Fisher, nearly half of the 5-star recruits in the country have the Aggies among their top schools. A lot of those players end up attending A&M.