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Jimbo Fisher says Tyrin Smith is 'debating' future at Texas A&M

On3 imageby:Dan Morrison03/21/23


As spring ball got underway, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher met with the media. There, he admitted that wide receiver Tyrin Smith is debating his future with the program before ever playing a game with the Aggies.

Smith, who previously played for UTEP, committed to transfer to Texas A&M in January. Now, he is debating if this was a mistake.

“Well, Tyrin may not be out there with us for a little while and where he’s at,” Jimbo Fisher admitted.

“I mean, we’re in a situation, not in a situation with him, he’s debating whether he wants to stay here or go back, which just happens in recruiting sometimes on the transfers.”

An undersized wide receiver who was often overlooked in his high school recruitment, Smith has 104 catches for 1,609 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons at UTEP. It’s the kind of production that a Texas A&M offense that struggled in 2022 could really use.

Tyrin Smith initially decided to transfer to Texas A&M shortly after Jimbo Fisher hired Bobby Petrino as the team’s new offensive coordinator.

It has been a difficult offseason for Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies in the transfer portal. According to the On3 2023 College Football Team Transfer Portal Rankings, Texas A&M has the 69th-ranked class. That includes 28 transfers out of the program. So, losing another player before spring practice even begins would be like salt in the transfer portal wound.

Jimbo Fisher on calling plays

Jimbo Fisher made his name as an offensive coordinator. He takes a lot of pride in his offenses and has liked to call plays for his offenses in the past. However, his offenses at Texas A&M have struggled recently, particularly during the 2022 season.

So, Fisher hired Bobby Petrino to be the team’s next offensive coordinator. Despite the controversy that follows Petrino, he knows offense well. Because of that, most people assume Petrino will call plays in 2023. However, Fisher isn’t ready to commit to that just yet.

“We’ll go through that as we go,” Jimbo Fisher said.

Fisher then admitted that having Petrino call plays is the plan as of now. However, he certainly made it sound like there was a chance that this could change.

“Plan on him making calls, plan on him calling plays. I have no problem with that at all.”