If you look at the history of most college football programs, you’ll only see a handful of five-star players — not the Texas A&M football program. The Aggies have pulled in commitments from six five-star recruits in the 2022 class and Jimbo Fisher isn’t done there.
This week, an Aggie commit who wasn’t originally a five-star prospect got the bump in 247Sports’ composite rankings. That player was Chris Marshall, a wide receiver from Missouri City, Texas.
This gives the Aggies their SEVENTH five-star prospect. For perspective, throughout the entirety of the 2010s, only 16 programs pulled in that many five-star prospects. Over a ten-year period of time. Yeah.
Chris Marshall’s recent bump in 247Sports’ composite rankings shows that Jimbo Fisher’s class is untouchable
Realistically, Chris Marshall’s bump doesn’t mean much at all. Those who have watched extensive film on him have known what he’s capable of for a long time — he’s always been a serious five-star talent.
Marshall is a big-bodied 6’3″ wide receiver who was being heavily recruited by schools like USC, Alabama, and LSU. He played in the Under Armor All-American game and despite being a big undersized weight-wise, he should be able to fill out by his freshman year. With a relatively weak wide receiver room at A&M, he could see instant playing time.
That said, his rating bump itself can be indicative of much more.
For starters, the Texas A&M football team now has seven five-star commitments. Those commitments are DL Walter Nolan, WR Evan Stewart, LB Harold Perkins, DL Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, DB Denver Harris, QB Conner Weigman, and WR Chris Marshall.
That group of guys is the most talented bunch of players that any college football program has ever seen set foot on campus in the same class.
This gives Texas A&M a class that is now rated at 329.69, the highest rating of all time. No team has really even come close to a 330 rating and A&M could jump that by a significant margin with commitments from Shemar Stewart and Jacoby Mathews.
It’s no secret how this was done — according to some sources, Texas A&M boosters shelled out between $25-30 million in NIL deals toward these incoming players. It’s a new era of college football and the Aggies are the first to do it right.
But is this sustainable? Texas A&M’s 2023 class will give us an idea of whether or not Fisher can maintain this recruiting momentum.