First Portal Entry Post-Jimbo Firing for Texas A&M football
Following the news this morning that Jimbo Fisher has been dismissed as the head coach of Texas A&M football, the Aggie roster has seen its first player enter the portal. Raymond Cottrell, a true freshman wide receiver, announced his intentions to transfer via X (formerly Twitter) this morning.
Cottrell was a four star out of high school and a signing day flip from the University of Georgia. He only appeared in one game this season, coming in for cleanup duty against ULM. His only catch in the game went for 13 yards and a touchdown.
It’s worth nothing that a close reading of the graphic that Cottrell published on social media does not mention the firing of Jimbo Fisher; in fact, it thanks him. This lends credence to the thought that this was a decision already made before the news came down this morning, rather than in reaction to it. Indeed, as Carter Karels pointed out earlier today, the firing of the Aggie head coach opens up a 30-day transfer window for the roster immediately per new NCAA rules. As Karels notes in the same post, another transfer window opens on December 4 for all of college football, which basically extends the transfer window for the Aggies from now until January 3.
This will, in all likelihood, not be the last transfer we see from the ranks of Texas A&M football before all is said and done here. In any ordinary case, you see several depth guys transfer out—that’s the majority of what happened with the Aggies at the conclusion of last year. Cottrell’s announcement again seems like one that would have come down regardless of whether Jimbo were retained, however, and I’m sure there are a couple more in that same vein. It is the job now of interim HC Elijah Robinson to calm the troubled waters and retain as many of the players as possible.
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