Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college football program. The Texas A&M football program has brought in multiple outstanding recruiting classes during the Bowl Championship Series era.
The BCS era started in 1998, when Tennessee upset Florida State to win the national championship. It ended with Florida State's recent victory over Auburn. During that 16 year period, the Texas A&M program has been on a roller coaster.
From the highs of a Big 12 title and a Sugar Bowl appearance in 1998 to the lows of a 4-8 season and the embarrassing losses during the Dennis Franchione era, even at the worst of times, the Aggies still brought in some pretty decent recruiting classes.
Franchione was a terrible coach and developer of talent, but he was a solid recruiter. He did not get the most out of the players he brought to A&M, but he did bring a nice group of athletes to Aggieland.
This is a look at the top recruiting classes the Aggies have signed during the BCS era. Because of the presence of coaches like Franchione, college and professional accomplishments of the players will be considered in this ranking.
College football recruiting should be all about how a player performs on the college gridiron, but a recruit should not be punished because his head coach was incapable of properly utilizing his talent while he was in college.