8. Texas A&M Aggies
This is the type of class A&M fans have been waiting for … at least with waiting for with the hopes of doing something massive.
Kevin Sumlin managed to pull in tremendous hauls of talent, but the team wasn’t able to get over the hump and into the SEC Championship. Jimbo Fisher has the gravitas of a national championship ring and a trip to the College Football Playoff. And now he has the talent base, too.
DE DeMarvin Leal and OT Kenyon Green are the special stars who’ll get the NFL scouts drooling, but Fisher’s reputation for developing defensive backs mattered.
Coming in is a whopper of a class for the secondary, including JUCO transfer Elijah Blades to go along with future play-on-Sunday corner Erick Young.
The other transfers might not be coming in this class to make a difference, but Jimbo didn’t need them.
7. Texas Longhorns
If anything, Texas suffered a big hit in the recruiting/transfer world after losing excellent No. 2 QB Shane Buechele to SMU, and last year’s star get Cameron Rising to be the future quarterback at Utah.
However, Tom Herman’s recruiting class went from excellent to amazing by yanking away superstar receiver prospect Bru McCoy from USC. That was the big deal late in the game, but the Longhorn cake was already baked after the early signing period with a special class.
Throw in Jake Smith and Jordan Whittington, and Herman is upgrading the speed, size, and NFL talent at receiver – or at defensive back if needed.
The secondary is loaded, too, with Chris Adimora and Tyler Owens two impressive safeties, and Kenyatta Watson an outstanding corner prospect.