Texas A&M sent waves throughout the college football world with its historic 2022 recruiting class. A trio of highly rated signees from that cycle are now seeing issues outside of College Station.
Each transferred away from the Aggies following off the field issues in their freshman seasons. Those issues have reportedly continued at their second stops.
Chris Marshall, Smoke Bouie, and Denver Harris were all considered top 50 recruits in the Aggies’ top-ranked 2022 class. The group is considered the best ever in the recruiting rankings era, though many accused TAMU of spending a pretty penny on those commitments.
Those critics included both Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin, sparking an offseason of controversy surrounding the Ags. Unfortunately, the talented class didn’t translate to success on the field. Texas A&M went 5-7 last year with a loss to App State.
As if the season wasn’t disappointing enough, the Aggies would lose three of their most coveted players from that ’22 class.
Marshall, the nation’s No. 3 WR, Bouie, the No. 3 cornerback, and Harris, the No. 7 cornerback, all left the program. Each would land with notable schools in the SEC.
Marshall went to Ole Miss. Bouie transferred to Georgia. Harris made his way to LSU.
Now, they’ve all either left their second team or are in danger of doing so.
Trio of former Texas A&M signees’ futures in danger.
Marshall joined Lane Kiffin and the Rebels after leaving College Station, but he wouldn’t stay long. The wideout was dismissed in May due to a violation of team rules. He’s now enrolled at Kilgore JUCO.
— JUCO Football Frenzy (@JUCOFFrenzy) August 16, 2023
Boiue, who landed at Georgia, is no longer with the team. In June, Kirby Smart gave an update on the situation by saying, “Smoke is no longer with our team. It’s been that way for a while. It was kind of mutually agreed to part ways.”
He wouldn’t give further details on the departure.
Then this week, Harris ran into trouble at LSU. The defender was involved in a fight at Tigers practice resulting in an extended absence from camp and possible suspension.
It was later reported that he’d “stepped away from the team to handle personal matters,” though Brian Kelly says a potential return is in the cards.
Brian Kelly: “Denver (Harris) is handling some personal matters and if he takes care of everything, could have him back this weekend.” #LSU
— Leah Vann (@LVann_Sports) August 16, 2023
It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for the trio of former Texas A&M players. The talent is obviously there, so hopefully they can get the issues sorted out and turn their careers around.