- For Texas A&M, landing the highest-ranked recruiting class of all time is impressive, but to say NIL wasn’t a factor at all is ridiculous.
- The Aggies class gets even crazier when you compare its signatories to the all ACC and Big Ten.
- Click HERE for more college football coverage!
Texas A&M football went 8-4 last season and somehow landed the nation’s best recruiting class of 2022. In fact, when National Signing Day ended in February, it was the class of highest ranked recruitment all the time and it got better last week.
Lebbeus Overton, a five-star defensive tackle who took a crazy “Friday the 13th” video at College Station, signed on to play for the Aggies last week. He was originally part of the Class of 2023, upgraded and signed with Texas A&M.
Overton was the eighth five-star recruit to enlist as part of the class and made the best class in history even better. The Aggies also have 19 four-stars and three three-stars on board.
While Texas A&M’s recruiting class of 2022 is truly insane in terms of numbers on paper, it gets even crazier when you put the class into perspective with other conferences.
Texas A&M signed more 5⭐️ players in 2022 than the entire Big Ten and twice as many as the entire ACC
— Josh Pate (@LateKickJosh) April 3, 2022
Texas A&M signed eight five-star recruits, two fewer than the all the rest of the Southeastern Conferencefive more than Alabama, three more than Georgia, and seven more than LSU and Missouri.
Meanwhile, Ohio State signed two five-stars, Penn State signed three, and Michigan signed one – totaling six for the all Big Ten Conference. In the ACC, Clemson signed two and North Carolina signed two, which is half as much as Texas A&M for the all conference.
And yet, Jimbo Fisher has the audacity to try to pretend that NIL money has nothing to do with recruiting A&M efforts.
. . . Yeah OK . . .
To say that each of the 30 (!!) top-ranked recruits wants to play in *checks the grades* College Station without even thinking about the dollar is ignorant and ridiculous. ABOVE ALL when people familiar with the recruiting atmosphere in the Texas/Oklahoma area put an unfathomable price on what the class may have cost.
The cost of crude oil is at the highest price per barrel in five years. Texas A&M (and all other public schools) receives many of money each year from the State Permanent University Fund. The fund is directly financed by oil money.
Obviously the school and the football team are not use this money to recruit. This would be a direct violation of NCAA rules against Pay-For-Play.
However, it is easy to assume that many alumni of the school are involved in the oil field. It’s an agricultural school in Texas.
Wouldn’t it make sense that some of that oil money could then be funneled back into the NIL collectives? Wouldn’t those funds be attractive to a recruit deciding between another school and Texas A&M? Do you think Michigan grads have a massive influx of oil-based money right now?
There’s no way to know exactly what the money looks like behind the scenes with boosters and collectives. But it certainly makes you think.