Could Texas A&M Football Pry Away Top Name from the Northwest?
An underreported development in this past offseason, unless you pay close attention to TexAgs or other message boards, was that Texas A&M football came very close to hiring away Ryan Grubb, the offensive coordinator for the Washington Huskies. Grubb eventually chose to stand pat, thanks in no small part to his friendship with the Huskies head man, Kalen DeBoer. If Texas A&M football has an opening at the head position, I say they make another run at the staff in Seattle—this time at DeBoer himself.
Formerly of Fresno State, DeBoer has shown an amazing acumen for winning wherever he goes. The man has compiled a laudable 32-8 record in his three years and change at Fresno and now Washington, including a 20-2 record so far in Seattle. Including his record at lower levels, DeBoer has put together an eye-popping 99-11 record as a head coach. Winning follows this guy wherever he goes. His teams are again well-coached, his offenses are crisp, and his defenses play hard.
The big question, again, is recruiting. Even sitting at 9-0, hot on the trail of an elusive playoff spot, DeBoer’s Huskies currently boast the… 40th ranked recruiting class in the composite. It should be mentioned that it is not easy to recruit well to the Pacific Northwest, but with how big of a story the Huskies have been this year, and how much publicity their offense has gotten, you’d hope for a bit more capitalizing on the recruiting trail. Even so, a couple of key hires for the staff would go pretty far, but you can only do so much when your head coach lacks the ability to close those big time names. For me, DeBoer would bring a lot of excitement. I think his ceiling is high without a doubt—astronomically so. However, the recruiting question still makes me wary—and because of that, I think there is one better name out there for Texas A&M football.