Texas A&M football: 5 burning questions entering spring practices

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Where does DeMarvin Leal line up?

Kingsley Keke proved how valuable he was to the Texas A&M defense in 2018. He started fall camp as a first string defensive tackle and was expected to be an All-SEC performer at the position. He had come into the season a little slimmed down and looking great under Fisher’s strength and conditioning program.

However, Michael Clemons’ injury forced a decision on Mike Elko. Instead of bringing in a backup and inexperienced player at defensive end, he moved Keke outside and started Daylon Mack at nose tackle. Both players flourished, guiding the Aggies to a top three rush defense.

Incoming 5-star defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal is Keke with a higher ceiling. Think of a disruptive force like Aaron Donald or Ndamukong Suh. However, it’s unclear if Leal will line up as a defensive tackle or defensive end. He did both at a high level in high school.

Leal dominated his competition at the high school camps after the season ended, but can he do the same at the college level, and which position unlocks his full potential? The coaching staff will be looking for these answers right away as Leal enrolled early.