A number of national media members have referred to Texas A&M football as a ‘sleeping giant.’
They see the resources that the Aggies have available to them as well as the fact that they are playing in college football’s best conference, which is a big draw for players that want to see the best competition possible in their college careers. The school is also in the middle of the top state for producing talent every year as Texas annually has more players sign with Division I schools than any other state.
When head coach Jimbo Fisher arrived in Aggieland prior to the 2018 season, it showed just how much of a commitment that the University was making to the football team.
Other schools had tried to lure Fisher away from Florida State over the years, but none had been successful. However, one of only a handful of current head coaches with national championships, Fisher was unable to say ‘no’ to Texas A&M and the fully-guaranteed 10-year, $75 million contract he was given. That was a huge amount of money to hand out but the powers that be knew that it was an important step to get a proven winner in town.
Fisher has turned recruiting around in his two full classes as well. The 2019 and 2020 classes have the highest team point totals of any at Texas A&M since the modern recruiting rankings era began.
But, Fisher has not limited his recruiting window to the Lone Star State. In the 2020 class, the Aggies signed players from a school-record 14 different states. Fisher has shown he will go after the biggest fish in Texas but will also give his coaches freedom to pursue any national target they want.
With A&M having made the financial commitment to Fisher not long after it had rebuilt Kyle Field and upgraded the football facilities, it is not surprising, then, that the Aggies have also given Fisher a huge recruiting budget as he pursues players from coast to coast.
Though the numbers are even higher now, USA Today recently published FBS schools’ recruiting budgets for the 2018 fiscal year.
Texas A&M spent $1,710,101 on recruiting in that year, which ranked No. 6 in the country. However, the outlet also included the percent growth from the 2013 fiscal year and the Aggie budget grew more than any almost other program. A&M’s budget increased by 326.3 percent in only five years. The only program ahead of A&M was Georgia with a 351.4-percent growth. They were the only two programs in the country above 300 percent with only three others above 200 percent growth. In fact, some schools’ recruiting budgets had actually decreased in that time.
Time will tell if Fisher is the answer for Aggie football, and many believe he is, but Texas A&M has definitely given him every opportunity to be successful.
TOP 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECRUITING BUDGETS FOR 2018
- 1. Georgia – $2,626,622 (+351.7% from 2013)
- 2. Alabama – $2,344,057 (+138.3%)
- 3. Tennessee – $2,002,871 (+55.0%)
- 4. Texas – $1,823,307 (+232.1%)
- 5. Clemson – $1,790,976 (+190.0%)
- 6. Texas A&M – $1,710,101 (+326.3%)
- 7. Florida State – $1,581,347 (+271.4%)
- 8. Michigan – $1,397,784 (110.4%)
- 9. Penn State – $1,369,428 (+85.9%)
- 10. LSU – $1,287,344 (+122.9%)