July 27, 2009

Sherman looking to improve through recruiting

IRVING, Texas - Monday marked the opening of Big 12 Media Days at the DFW Westin in Irving, just north of the site of the Big 12 Championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, and Texas A&M took the podium. But unlike years in the past, the Aggies weren't asked about title hopes or championship dreams.

Instead, the topic was how to rebound from a 4-8 season in head coach Mike Sherman's first year in College Station and how exactly the Aggies fell so low in the 13 years since Sherman last served in Aggieland as an assistant coach.

"I can't really say because I believe A&M, and when people ask me why did I come back to college football from the National Football League and just not wait it out and see what happened there, and I say it wasn't as much about coming back to college football as it was coming back to Texas A&M," Sherman said. "I believe in the school, I believe in the people, I believe in what it stands for and I believe I can recruit to Texas A&M. As an assistant coach I was passionate about recruiting and I'm still passionate about recruiting even more so because it reflects our job performance. I knew that we could get guys to come to Texas A&M."

As any good college football fan knows, recruiting is the lifeline for a football program. Sherman understood that as an assistant, and he understands that even moreso now as a head coach.

Sherman quickly points to the six true freshmen that started last season as six of the final seven signed to scholarships, which just so happened to be the seven open scholarships when Sherman took over the program. Looking towards 2009, Sherman is already excited about his first full recruiting class.

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