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Recruiting Country: The latest recruiting news surrounding the Maroon & White

April 12, 2023
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TexAgs' recruiting analyst Ryan Brauninger joined TexAgs Radio on Wednesday morning for another edition of Recruiting Country, highlighting the latest news and notes from the recruiting trail ahead of a big visiting weekend for A&M's Maroon & White Game.



Key notes from Recruiting Country

  • Ashton Funk‍ came last weekend and saw practice. He’s trying to recruit guys like Casey Poe‍ and Daniel Cruz‍. He wanted to be on campus with those guys. He talked about how impressive Chase Bisontis was. He talked about how improved the offense looks. He came to an earlier practice, and he thought it was much more efficient now. He was excited about what A&M was doing on the recruiting front. Casey Poe is a big target. They would be okay with signing an offensive line class from Texas.
     
  • The visitor list will be impressive for the Maroon & White game. We will put out a list tomorrow or Friday. The weather could be a factor this weekend. There will be kids out of the greater Houston area that are at the top of A&M’s priority list. They want to see how kids develop. They have not been to high school campuses and will do so after spring. 
     
  • Recruiting has gotten better. ​​The messaging is much more consistent and clear. I think things are running smoother than a year ago. You need to start closing on kids. You are at four 2024s with a month until May. The normal number by May is seven to eight.
     
  • It’s about what it looks like at the end. You can’t overact, but you have to start landing kids. Payton Pierce‍ committed to Ohio State. They will still recruit him. There are three LSU commits at linebacker in the state of Texas. You don’t have any. You are doing a better job, but you better not miss on some high-end guys. 
     
  • I think Gary Bryant Jr. is guy people are wondering about but trending out west. He wants to be the guy. I don’t know if he saw that at A&M. I think it’s going to end up being Oregon. I don’t know that definitely.
     
  • Shemar Kirk‍ at Reedley College was productive. They are still adding pieces, and they have the scholarships open. If they get Tank Booker, are you going to be mad about that when they have the scholarship open? You aren’t going to tell these positions no. You can get riddled with injuries and illness. I want them to add three to four more players in this portal cycle. I don’t know when because that’s up to each kid. 
     
  • This is new in terms of how the recruiting calendar works. We will see how A&M plays the game between now and summer. You have to be proactive and reactive in everything in recruiting. If you are reactive, you are too late. The Texas A&M offer that comes late to a Texas kid doesn’t mean as much. Alabama offers, gets them to a camp to see them, and they see how hard they pursue them. 
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Recruiting Country: The latest recruiting news surrounding the Maroon & White

6,469 Views | 18 Replies | Last: 1 yr ago by beerad12man
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"It's about what it looks like at the end. You can't overact, but you have to start landing kids."

2nd year in a row we are saying this in May.

There's a problem somewhere.
JDCAG (NOT Colin)
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Yeah, staff needs to figure something out. Between this year and last year, things have taken way too much of a "what we saw before Jimbo" type of feel.

Something is just off.
P.U.T.U
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Think the biggest problem is we keep losing Texas kids, mainly QB, OL, and LB, to out of state schools. We have missed out on all of these pretty much since Jimbo has been here minus a guy like Weigman here or there.
Aggie1188
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96, 92, 89 player-ratings of LSU's Tx linebackers in this class…(rounded up ratings).

The 2 better ones committed to them last summer.
Bill Superman
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"Recruiting has gotten better."

Then proceeds to point out how recruiting is struggling…
Bogey1996
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Do we even have anyone recruiting LB's? If we are staying in state, Peirce and Justin Wilson were pretty much must gets. I have my doubts we stand a chance with Wilson. If I had to guess we will end up offering guys late in the recruiting season and taking what we can get.
AgsGiveUsRoom
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I would imagine that coming off the 5-7 record has made recruiting more of an uphill battle...
jsmc71
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Any informed opinions on how much of the downturn is attributable to losing Malchow to Oregon after the historic recruiting class?
Keith70Chevelle
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What the real problem is that these kids have talked to there great, great,great grandparents about A&M and they told them the stories of wait till next year
rgag12
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People are saying fisher isn't going to last past this year, certainly feels like it, until that changes recruiting good kids will be tough. We will have to start settling for 3 stars soon (think the last two years of the Sumlin era).
Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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it's disappointing to lose guys we want and need but some of these guys will be back in play. we need to have a really good to great season, see some payoff from historic recruiting class and kids will start jumping back on board. this is a big season in a lot of ways for the jimbo era. Either last year was an anomaly or it will become a trend.
Aggie1188
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Bogey1996 said:

Do we even have anyone recruiting LB's? If we are staying in state, Peirce and Justin Wilson were pretty much must gets. I have my doubts we stand a chance with Wilson. If I had to guess we will end up offering guys late in the recruiting season and taking what we can get.

Pierce committed to Ohio State yest. Idk who Justin Wilson is, but Justin Williams (4-Star LB from Tx) is predicted to Oregon at the moment.
Lake08
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Recruiting has gotten better. The messaging is much more consistent and clear. I think things are running smoother than a year ago.

Care to expand, Ryan?????
sharpdressedman
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Not encouraging.
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Lake08 said:

Recruiting has gotten better. The messaging is much more consistent and clear. I think things are running smoother than a year ago.

Care to expand, Ryan?????

Of course not. You don't sell subscriptions by telling people, "look, man, this ain't good. And I don't really know that much more than you do because any head coach worth his salt would fire staff members that leak program info to reporters"
Bogey1996
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Aggie1188 said:

Bogey1996 said:

Do we even have anyone recruiting LB's? If we are staying in state, Peirce and Justin Wilson were pretty much must gets. I have my doubts we stand a chance with Wilson. If I had to guess we will end up offering guys late in the recruiting season and taking what we can get.

Pierce committed to Ohio State yest. Idk who Justin Wilson is, but Justin Williams (4-Star LB from Tx) is predicted to Oregon at the moment.
Yes sorry, Justin Williams
P.U.T.U
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The thing is we go after the 5 stars and when we miss we aren't even following up with the 4-stars so we are short on players. Jimbo is horrible when it comes to the transfer portal so we lose 20+ and get maybe 2 or 3 which means lack of depth
beerad12man
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What's funny is TOS is more confident than posters on this site. The mods still seem to think we are in good position for a lot of prospects.

I think we are better positioned in this class than this thread would make you realize. But we do need to start winning on the field. Start the season 3-3 and it doesn't matter. Start it 6-1 or so and I think we close really strong.
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