HOUSTON – Jimbo Fisher said he’d like to see the early signing period, at the end of July or the first of August instead of where it’s at on the calendar - Dec. 20-22.
“I don’t like the signing date where it’s at,” said Fisher on Wednesday night at the Touchdown Club of Houston’s 38th Annual High School Awards Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel.
Fisher said having it at the end of July or early August would allow the high school players and coaches then to focus on the season. Those who would make their decisions could move on, giving the floor to the undecided prospects.
The sport’s first signing date coincides with a high number of coaching changes – 12 at BCS schools, including Fisher.
“And this makes it tough, when you’re a new coach coming in, you’ve got 2-3 weeks to hustle up a class, but the old coaches and the people here have done a great job helping out,” Fisher said. “But at the same time, people say what about coaching changes? If they sign and then at the end they want to opt out, then they still have the February signing period. I wish we’d do it that way, I think it’s better, it’s easier on the kids.”
Fisher has said it several times, but he’ll probably keep saying it when asked - he’s impressed with A&M’s commitment to being the best.
He said the facilities are as good as anywhere, saying a lot of places have great things, but nobody has anything any greater. He said that commitment was a big reason he came. That commitment includes all phases of life for the student-athlete.
A&M’s had one practice for the Belk Bowl and Fisher was able to watch only part of it because recruits were visiting. He plans to watch more of the other practices, but he wants to allow the staff in place to do their job. Fisher also will watch the practices in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I’ll go there and just observe practice and be there representing Texas A&M,” Fisher said.
Tim Brewster, who was with Fisher for five seasons at Florida State as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator before coming to Aggieland, was in Houston with Fisher.
“He’s a great on-the-field coach, a great recruiter and he’s a great staff member and he knows the state of Texas,” Fisher said.
Fisher said assistants Jay Graham and Dameyune Craig were great players in the Southeastern Conference and both know the league. He said offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey has been in Texas for ever and praised his work at Memphis.
“I’m very blessed to have all those guys,” Fisher said.
Fisher, who called his own plays at Florida State, said during his career he has visited with Dickey.
“Some of the things they’ve done up there is different than what we’ve done here and I think it’s going to be a great combination of what we do and how I do things along with what he does,” Fisher said. “He’s also been a great play-caller, he’s also a great idea guy and we’re very similar in a lot of philosophies in different ways.”
That was the first Touchdown Club of Houston Awards Dinner for me. It was impressive, seeing West Virginia’s Dana Hogorsen and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy along with all the state’s biggies Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, Baylor’s Matt Rhule, Houston’s Major Applewhite, Texas’ Tom Herman and Fisher.
An Aggie, Cy-Fair’s Ed Pustejovsky, was named the Coach of the Year.