Posted: 7/18/2012 12:24:29 AM
I do not think that the Aggies will improve from last year. Last year's team was actually better than their 4-9 record as they almost beat both Nevada and Utah State and they did beat both Minnesota and Fresno. The difference maker last year was definitely the hiring of OC Doug Martin. Well he has left to be the OC at Boston College and the Aggies also lose a TON of talent on both sides of the ball. In addition they were 113th in total defense but a respectable 62nd in passing efficiancy defense. The bad news is they lose all 4 starters in the secondary.
I have a relative that is being recruited as a junior out of a lower level San Diego H.S. . He is a fast white kid that is a WR that doesn't run the most precise patterns but still manages to rack up huge stats. He is being recruited basically by 5 teams and one of them is New Mexico State, here is what the other four are tellin' him;
Washington State - We love your speed and athleticism and you remind Coach Leach of a young Wes Welker. We can work with you.
Arizona - You really aren't a PAC 12 caliber WR but we are excited about your ability to return kicks and feel that we could put you in the slot and feed you the ball "in space".
Nevada - New Mexico State? They probably will not even have a football program by the time you are a junior. Plus coach Walker probably won't even be around when you get there.
New Mexico - New Mexico State? They are going to be a team without a conference verey soon. They just don't have the media market, facilities, or tradition to be valuable to any of the mid-major conferences in this era of realignment.
The word is out among recruits that NMSU is a dead zone for a football future and the Aggies recruiting is hurting because of it. Not only do they lose their valuable OC but they lose 16 starters and the quality replacements are just not there. I would hate to lose NMSU as an FBS (or whatever they're callin' it now) team so I hope that you are right, but I'd be very cautious about being too excited about the Aggies this season.