Implications of losing the best QB 2023 commitment


For the Texas A&M football team, there hasn’t been much bad recruiting news in recent memory. The Aggies finished with the largest recruiting class ever for their 2022 cycle, led by seven five-star commitments. It’s the type of class that could send the Aggies into the next echelon of college football.

And to start 2023, it looked like that momentum was set to continue, as the Aggies had another top-ten class that looked like it could threaten the top spot again. Unfortunately, you will notice that I speak in the past tense.

Last weekend, Texas A&M lost a commitment from its best overall prospect for 2023 and by a mile, its largest commitment of the cycle so far. That commitment is Eli Holstein, a four-star quarterback from Zachary, Louisiana. Holstein holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, and more.

What does the Texas A&M football team’s recruiting loss in 2023 imply for the future?

To me, this lost engagement shouldn’t be something to worry about. Jimbo Fisher is not the kind of coach who would simply let a player slip away. There is more to this.

It’s never great to have a dead-end quarterback cycle, but Texas A&M’s young talent in the position is impressive. Take your pick – Conner Weigman and Haynes King are among the most promising young passers in the country.

It’s hard to say what the long-term game looks like here, but after a 2021 football season that saw the Aggies struggle with depth under center, it seems highly unlikely the 2023 class won’t have a quarterback commitment.

As things stand, there are a few other passers-by in Jimbo Fisher’s sights. Nobody else looks like a skinny A&M, but the Aggies have extended their offers to Malachi Nelson, Nicholaus Yamaleava, Marcel Reed and Marquis Roby Jr. Nelson is a five-star prospect while Yamaleava and Reed are four-star prospects. Roby Jr. is a three-star prospect.

Expect the Aggies to pick up speed with other rookies as this cycle continues, as the loss of Holsteins will be felt in this cycle. Aggie’s former signing had made it into the top 60, ranked 8th best quarterback in his class.


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