Should 5-star freshman ATH Terry Bussey play WR for Texas A&M football?

With reduced depth at the position for Texas A&M football, the headliner of their 2024 class, though recruited at CB, could make an impact on offense.
Nov 25, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0)
Nov 25, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0) / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Would 5-star ATH Terry Bussey be better used on offense for Texas A&M football in 2024?

The prize of the 2024 class, and Mike Elko’s best recruiting job for Texas A&M football to date, is without a doubt Timpson ATH Terry Bussey. A 5-star prospect, the battle for his signature came down to the last day of the recruiting period, but Elko outlasted both Texas and LSU for an extremely impressive win on the trail.

Part of what makes Bussey such an exciting player is the versatility he showcased throughout his entire career. He played everything from quarterback to receiver to corner to punt returner—pretty much every position on the field except offensive and defensive line.

The main debate for him, though, is whether to use him at receiver or corner. He is an explosive and electric athlete with the ball in his hands, but he also boasts a skill set that could make him a lockdown corner.

When it comes to Texas A&M football in particular, the need is clearly greater at one position than the other. The Aggies’ depth has been decimated at the receiver spot through graduation and the portal. In fairness, this was also the case with defensive back, corner in particular, but that is a need that looks to have been comprehensively addressed through the portal.

After the injury to Jabre Barber, who had begun to make a solid case to start in the slot, the need is even more dire than previously. The Aggies are making a strong push in this spring window to land a top pass-catcher, but if they are unable, perhaps they should consider playing Bussey at receiver rather than corner.

Elko has stated that the 5-star will play corner at first, which makes sense—it’s an easier position to learn and adapt to as a freshman. The ins and outs of receiver, especially learning a new offense with only fall camp to do so, could be a bit more treacherous.

Even so, the gifts that the Timpson star brings to the table are undeniable. As we consider the possibilities at wideout, we should not dismiss his usage out of hand.