ESPN Analyst On Texas A&M: "They're Next"

Matt Stinchcomb believes the Aggies, led by Jimbo Fisher, will be the next SEC powerhouse

The DA Show
July 17, 2019 - 10:11 am

Jimbo Fisher had a highly successful first season at Texas A&M. The Aggies went 9-4, lost to eventual national champion Clemson by just two points in September, beat LSU in a seven-overtime marathon in November, and decimated NC State in the Gator Bowl.

But make no mistake: Fisher will not be satisfied with 9-4 going forward. In fact, ESPN analyst Matt Stinchcomb believes Texas A&M will become the next SEC powerhouse – for two reasons.

The first reason, of course, is Fisher.

“He’s got extensive familiarity and success in this conference at a variety of stops – Auburn, LSU, and obviously now Texas A&M,” Stinchcomb said on The DA Show. “He was able to win a national championship at FSU, at a school where, post-Bobby Bowden – and in an era where resources and presidential and campus buy-in is paramount – was maybe not necessarily the case. (He) is now at a school where they do have extensive resources. They are willing to apply them, clearly, based on his salary and the facilities that they’ve been able to put together in College Station.”

And the second reason?

“You’re in a talent-rich state, and you’re an extremely good recruiter in an age where you’re looking at three-year windows to capitalize on some of these high school football players,” Stinchcomb said. “There’s no more of these five-year development plans. You’ve got to get guys in that can play and contribute early on. He’s capable of doing that.”

In his first season, Fisher – who signed a 10-year, $75 million deal with A&M in December 2017 – led the Aggies to their best finish since 2013. The Aggies have a hellacious schedule in 2019 – they play at Clemson, at Georgia, and at LSU, with a home game against Bama to boot – but they expect to contend for an SEC-West title.

“I think they’re next,” Stinchcomb said of A&M. “I think they are the next prominent program to come out of the SEC. The (SEC-West) is only getting more crowded.”