How Many Aggies Currently In the Portal Could Withdraw and Return to Texas A&M Football?
For the second straight year, the detractors of Texas A&M football have predicted a mass exodus to the portal, and for the second straight year—thus far, at least—such an exodus has failed to manifest. That said, however, there are certainly more actual contributors and big names in the portal so far this year than there were last year.
The biggest name here—and one that has drawn a lot of attention here recently—is Walter Nolen. According to the rumor mill, Ole Miss has made a big move for the former top recruit in the nation (as I said previously, what exactly that entails should be somewhat self-evident in the age of NIL). According to that same rumor mill, however, Texas A&M football is still right in the thick of things, and connections in College Station are such that the Aggies don't necessarily need to give the exact same pitch as the Rebels.
Nolen is the biggest and most attention-grabbing name from Texas A&M football to enter the portal, for sure. Overall, though, there have been twelve Aggies to enter the portal, compared to 26 from the same period last year. Now, there are still about two weeks until the portal window closes, but it has been open for Texas A&M football players for almost a month and a half by now, given that Fisher was fired in early November.
Six of those twelve Aggies to have entered the portal have committed to other schools already. Both QB Max Johnson and TE Jake Johnson are headed to UNC. OL Remington Strickland has decided for TCU in recent days. WR Raymond Cottrell, the first portal entry for the Aggies, will end up at Kentucky. OL Jordan Moko will be at Charlotte next year. DB Jardin Gilbert is returning home to play for LSU next year.
So who does that leave that has yet to announce, and who might the Aggies be able to pull back in? Let's take a look.