Jimbo Fisher and his staff have put together an excellent 2022 recruiting class for the Texas A&M Aggies, and now it’s getting even better with the commitment of 5-star defensive lineman Lebbeus Overton.
Overton is one of the top 2022 recruits in the nation, and he’s set to join a recruiting class that is historically epic for Texas A&M.
The Texas A&M Aggies have an elite 2022 recruiting class
It was no small task for Fisher and the Aggies to secure a commitment from Overton, who was one of the most sought-after recruits in the 2022 class.
Overton was originally a 2023 recruit, but he impressively found a way to graduate early, which reclassified him to the 2022 class.
Overton’s commitment serves as a cherry on top for the Aggies, who already had the No. 1 2022 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports. Much of the class is already either signed or enrolled, and it was already going to be a massive haul of talent for Texas A&M.
Not only had Fisher and his staff secured the commitment of 29 other players, but the class is star-studded.
In fact, four 5-star players have already enrolled early and are ready to start participating in spring practices. That list includes wideout Evan Stewart, defensive lineman Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, quarterback Conner Weigman, and quarterback Denver Harris.
Three other 5-stars are signed but still need to enroll: defensive linemen Walter Nolen and Shemar Stewart, and wide receiver Chris Marshall.
Notably, Nolen was ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2022 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s as elite as a defensive line prospect as you’ll find checking in at 6-foot-4, 325-pounds as a soon-to-be college freshman. Not to be outdone, Stewart is 6-foot-6, 272 pounds, and was ranked as the ninth-best recruit nationally.
Lebbeus Overton brings so much to the table for the Aggies
“I will be announcing my commitment at Texas A&M University” Overton said during a ceremony at his high school, according to Sports Illustrated. “First academics, then building relationships with coaches…building trust. A&M had all of those.”
Checking in at nearly 6-foot-5 and at 265-pounds, Overton has the frame to grow into an even bigger defender but he already has more than enough size to hold his own in the college football trenches.
Overton was scary good as a high school football player, even in a state that has been known to produce NFL talent on the regular. Speaking of the league, he looked like an NFL defensive end playing under the Friday night lights, showing off a blend of speed, size, and agility that makes fellow Georgia native Travon Walker such a hot commodity in the 2022 NFL Draft. It’s worth noting that Walker checks in at 6-foot-5, 275-pounds as an NFL prospect, which goes to show you why Overton was such a sought-after recruit by teams all across the nation.
With nearly 30 offers to his name, Overton choose the Aggies over the four other schools that occupied his top five: Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
Texas A&M was able to bring Overton home to join an elite defensive line
It’s impressive enough that Fisher and Overton’s lead recruiter, Texas A&M defensive tackles coach Elijah Robinson, was able to pull Overton out of Georgia. With the Bulldogs fresh off a national championship and aforementioned players like Travon Walker and Jordan Davis getting major NFL love, it would have made sense for the big defensive end to stay in the state.
It’s worth noting that Alpharetta, Georgia, wasn’t always the 5-star recruit’s hometown, though. He was born in College Station and according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, both of his parents had worked in the Aggies’ athletics administration.
“It’s exciting,” Overton told Wiltfong. “Having the best relationship with their coaches and getting the vibe with the players, meeting the people in the program and seeing how the players are and the defensive scheme they run is something I like to run.
“It’s also a great feeling going back to my hometown and being part of that.”
Speaking of the defensive schemes, the Aggies are likely to soon have one of the best defenses in college football once this 2022 class gets integrated and starts earning playing time.
With the addition of Overton, the Aggies are now bringing four 5-star defensive linemen into the fray with an average height and weight of 6-foot-4, 285-pounds… as incoming freshmen.
Here’s how Stewart, the 5-star defensive lineman from Opa Locka, Florida, put it earlier in the year to 247Sports:
“I feel like we have the potential to be the best in the nation, especially in that front four. I feel like if everything clicks and we come together as a team, I don’t think anyone is going to be able to stop us.”5-star defensive lineman Shemar Stewart on what the Aggies are building on defense.
If that’s not a shot at the likes of Alabama and Georgia, what could be?
The Aggies are beefing up to make a run to the top of the SEC and college football mountain, and Overton projects to be a massive part of that push.