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Texas A&M Football: Newcomers to Watch for the Aggies

Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Aggies Football

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is hoping for immediate contributions from his history-making recruiting class

Texas A&M may have finished a disappointing 8-4 (4-4 SEC) last season, but things are already looking up for the Aggies. That’s what happens when you beat out conference mates Alabama and Georgia as well as the rest of the country to land the No. 1-ranked recruiting class.

And it’s not just that head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff signed the top class of this cycle. It’s considered the best recruiting class ever. It has both quantity and quality. Of the 29 total signees, seven are 5-star recruits and 19 are 4-stars, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Seven of the top 25 overall recruits in the class of 2022 committed to Texas A&M. And the Aggies may not be done just yet either.

With so much top-end talent coming to College Station it’s entirely possible that several members of this historic class could step in right away and emerge as contributors as true freshmen, especially on defense. There’s no way to cover everyone, but here are some names to definitely keep an eye on when spring practice begins and into the summer.

Walter Nolen, DL
Shemar Stewart, DL
Enai White, Edge
Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, DL
Anthony Lucas, DL

Texas A&M’s defensive line class is a top-25 haul by itself. All five are top-60 overall recruits with Nolen and Stewart top-10 talents. Not a single one comes from Texas with Florida producing two of these and Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee the other home states. Brownlow-Dindy and Lucas both enrolled early and should be available for spring practice. There’s also plenty of opportunity available for this bumper crop of linemen with DeMarvin Leal, Jayden Peevy and Tyree Johnson gone.

And not only are there two more defensive linemen in this class (Malick Sylla, a top-100 recruit, and Jadon Scarlett, both Texas products), but the Aggies could add one more 5-star. Lebbeus Overton, one of the top recruits in the 2023 class, announced a few days before National Signing Day earlier this month that he would skip his senior year of high school and reclassify for 2022. The 5-star from Alpharetta, Georgia, is ranked 18th overall in this year’s class by 247Sports and is reportedly considering signing with Texas A&M. Talk about an embarrassment of riches up front.

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Denver Harris, CB

Texas A&M isn’t only adding high-quality beef to its defense either. Harris is a top-25 overall recruit and is fourth-rated cornerback, according to 247Sports. The 5-star from the Houston area starred at North Shore and has an opportunity to step in right away to help an Aggies secondary that finished in the top 20 nationally in passing yards allowed per game but must replace standout safety Leon O’Neal Jr.

Conner Weigman and Max Johnson, QB

Fisher and his staff also were sure to address the offensive side of the ball with this class. Weigman is the true newcomer, a 5-star from Cypress, Texas, who was a top-25 overall recruit and the No. 2 quarterback in the 2022 class. Johnson is a transfer from LSU who ended up starting for the Tigers after Myles Brennan suffered an injury late in the summer. Johnson did a serviceable job amidst challenging circumstances, finishing the season with 2,815 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Now an Aggie, Johnson joins his younger brother, Jake, a tight end who is part of the 2022 recruiting class. The younger Johnson is the top prospect at his position and a top-100 recruit overall.

Weigman enrolled early, as he and Max Johnson will compete with Haynes King for the starting quarterback job. King may have the slight upper hand since he’s been in College Station longer, but he missed most of last season due to injury. One thing is for sure, depth at the position should not be a problem for Fisher in 2022.

Evan Stewart and Chris Marshall, WR

Whoever ends up at quarterback could have two new targets to throw to. Both Stewart and Marshall are Lone Star State products, top-25 overall recruits and are second and third at their position, respectively. Stewart (Frisco) enrolled early but Marshall (Missouri City) should get his opportunities to impress once he arrives on campus as well. Ainias Smith, Texas A&M’s leading receiver (47 rec.) last season is back, but tight end Jalen Wydermyer has moved on to the NFL, and more production is needed from the wide receiver position in general. After Smith, the Aggie wideout with the most catches in 2021 was Jalen Preston with 17.