Paul Finebaum outlines expectations for Texas A&M: 'What this really does is ratchet up the pressure'
Paul Finebaum understands what a No. 1 recruiting class does for expectations, and at Texas A&M, they were already pretty high.
Finebaum, the ESPN commentator and SEC Network host, made his regular appearance on “McElroy and Cubelic In the morning” on WJOX out of Birmingham, Alabama and explained where Jimbo Fisher’s program stands with perception.
The Aggies signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the class of 2022 on the strength of 8 players rated as a 5-star. Four of those 5-stars play on the defensive line.
“This fall, Cole, they have to be better than last year,” Finebaum said. “What this really does is ratchets up the pressure in the future and you know the stats. I think over the last 10 years, every school that’s had a No. 1 signing class has played for a national championship and I think that’s what the expectations are going to be 2 to 3 years from now. … Overall, if we’re sitting here 3 years from now and you’re asking the question, when is Jimbo Fisher going to get to the Final Four, that’s a serious problem for that program. I think he has a bull’s eye on his back. He’s helped to create some of that by going after Lane Kiffin during that explosive press conference a couple months ago. But ultimately, they have to win, the money speaks to that.”
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) April 4, 2022