Can Texas A&M Football Hold On to Electric Five-Star Terry Bussey as UGA Makes Run?

Texas A&M football has a fight on its hands for their top remaining target in the 2024 class.
Sep 4, 2021;  College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the sideline of the game
Sep 4, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the sideline of the game / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Can Texas A&M Football Keep Bussey’s Commitment Through Visits to UGA and LSU?

Texas A&M football landed a verbal commitment from dynamic athlete Terry Bussey back in August of 2023. Though it’s been a rocky ride for the Aggies since that point, the electric two-way player from small-town Timpson, Texas, has never officially backed off his commitment.

That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been put to the test, however. Ranking as a five-star and top-15 player in the nation, Bussey has had schools from all across the country vying for his services for quite some time, and the heat was ratcheted up significantly once Jimbo Fisher was dismissed as Texas A&M football coach.

To his credit, Mike Elko recognized the immediate importance of keeping the Aggies’ top commitment in the boat, and has not slacked off in the slightest in this recruitment. Bussey has been a priority for Elko from day one on the job, and he has dedicated every resource available to keeping him in the class.

Even so, the challengers have been formidable. Bussey has just completed a visit to Athens, Georgia; Aggie fans are well aware of the issue that the Bulldogs can be in recruiting battles like this one. LSU too has long been trying to flip the five-star Aggie commit, and Bussey has a visit to Baton Rouge on the docket as well. In all honesty, I’d be more worried about the Bayou Bengals than the Bulldogs when it comes to this recruitment.

The good news for Texas A&M football is that the final visit that Bussey will take will be in College Station. In the high school recruiting game, that is usually a great sign. Mike Elko, Ish Aristide, and the rest of the staff will have the chance to land the plane ahead of the late signing period.

Can they get across the finish line here? If I had to bet on anyone in this race, it would be the Aggies—not just because of the staff that Elko has built, but the longtime familiarity with the program and school that Bussey and his family have.

If the Aggies end up signing Bussey, it will obviously be the biggest signing yet for Elko. I’ve compared his skill set to Colorado star and former top overall recruit Travis Hunter; both guys are extremely explosive athletes who can play either offense or defense. He is an instant-impact type of player, which underscores just how important it is for Elko and company to land him. I’ve got a good feeling that they will do so in the end.