What you need to know about Texas A&M's 2020 recruiting class
Jimbo Fisher’s second season at Texas A&M was rocking along about as most had expected, winning the games they were supposed to but struggling against the top teams in college football.
The regular-season finale however, a 50-7 shellacking at No. 2 LSU left more than a few scratching their collective heads about the direction of this program. An upcoming bowl victory could ease some of that tension.
That and the upcoming signing class. The Early Signing Period is Dec. 18-20 and Fisher is hopeful in bringing another group of talent that could potentially help boost this still very young program to where he wants it to be.
With just one senior on offense and two on defense from the Aggies’ two-deep, Fisher will continue to stockpile the talent with an eye on championships in the coming years.
Here’s what you need to know about the Aggies’ recruiting class.
- National rank: No. 5
- SEC rank: No. 3
- 5-stars: 1
- 4-stars: 10
- 3-stars: 9
Best player: 5-star WR Demond Demas
The lone 5-star commitment so far, Demas is ranked No. 22 in the country by 247Sports.com. The 6-3, 196-pound WR from Tomball is also ranked No. 3 nationally at his position as well as the No. 3-ranked overall recruit from the Lone Star State.
Selected to play in the All-American Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl, and Polynesian Bowl, Demas will fit in nicely with a group of experienced juniors but might need to take a year to develop if the trio returns intact for its senior seasons.
Assessing the QBs
Assuming Kellen Mond returns for his senior season, which he should, he would be the starter again. Fisher has 4-star dual-threat James Foster and 3-star pro style QB Zach Calzada. Neither freshman played any significant time in 2019, which could open up the depth chart battle in 2020.
Fisher has a commitment from 4-star Longview Haynes King, the No. 4-ranked dual threat QB in the nation. It will be interesting to see how he compares to the 2 other freshmen he’ll be competing against in the coming years.
Biggest need filled
After languishing near the bottom of the SEC in pass defense, the Aggies improved this season, moving up to No. 8. To help bolster the secondary, Fisher has commitments from a pair of 4-star safeties — including top-ranked Jaylon Jones — and another from 4-star cornerback Joshuah Moten.
Moten, Jones and Antonio Johnson should come in and help improve the back end.
Biggest needs that need to be filled
The Texas A&M offensive line has been much maligned, and you can never have enough quality players in the trenches. Fisher has commitments from a pair of 4-star guards. Chris Morris (6-3, 287) is the top-ranked overall recruit coming out of Arkansas, and Akinola Ogunbiyi is the No. 8-ranked OG in the nation.
Best position group
Fisher has commitments from the 2 aforementioned 4-star guards, and 2 more from 3-star guards in addition to a center. So the offensive line is an area in which Fisher will have improved upon if all the commitments sign.
Best player still chasing
Fisher has offered to 5-star pro-style quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. A top-ranked prospect nationally at his position, the California prospect has committed to Clemson. He’s considered a heavy lean, but there might be an opportunity to steal one.