Texas A&M Football Tries to Parlay Saban's Retirement, Elko's Savvy Staffing Hires into Landing Difference-Makers Out Wide
Texas A&M football is doing what they can to capitalize on the recent turmoil in T-Town. After Saban left the Tide, longtime commit Ryan Williams, who had admittedly been wavering in his pledge to Bama as of late, officially decommitted. There was thought he may just flip to Auburn, who had been after him for some time, but he simply opened up his recruitment.
Due to this fact, the Aggies were able to get him on campus this past weekend for an official visit. That was a huge step in this one, as Texas A&M didn't seem to be on Williams's radar prior to that development. Of course, with Holmon Wiggins now on staff, the former receivers coach at Alabama, it made sense why Ryan would take a visit to College Station.
By all accounts, it appears that the Aggies have drawn even in this one. According to Williams, "everything is neck and neck" in his recruitment at the moment between the Aggies, the Tide, LSU, Auburn, and Texas.
The one drawback here is that the Aggies got the first visit, with Williams leaving uncommitted. The Ags have had luck recently with first visits with regard to transfer portal prospects, but the traditional wisdom dictates that it's better to have the final visit with high school players. Hopefully, the Aggies can weather visits to Austin, Tuscaloosa, and Auburn, and hope Williams' relationship with Wiggins can close this one out.
In 2025, the Aggies are looking to profit from a recent Alabama decommit as well. Jamie Ffrench (not a typo), a 5-star receiver prospect from Jacksonville, FL, recently backed away from his pledge to the Tide.
Being from Florida, you have to think the in-state schools will be a big threat here (he recently mentioned the Seminoles as a school to watch). Even so, the Aggies having Wiggins on staff would seem to have them right at the forefront here, especially if Collin Klein can unlock the high level of receiver talent that Texas A&M football has had on campus for the past few years.
It's a long shot right now, but if the Aggies can go back-to-back landing Williams and Ffrench, they have the makings of a really deadly offensive unit going forward. Getting in these super high-profile recruitments is huge, especially when Elko has just been on campus only about a month and a half.