The Texas A&M football team had already secured commitments from a pair of five-star recruits, including one of the top quarterback prospects in the class and the top defensive lineman of all 2022 players. They did not need any more players to improve their class.
Jimbo Fisher got one anyway.
On Monday night, the Aggies got a commitment from the third-highest ranked prospect in the 2022 class in Evan Stewart. Stewart is a five-star wide receiver out of Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas, and held offers from… well, everybody. If not for the commitment from Walter Nolen earlier this fall, Stewart would be A&M’s top all-time commitment.
What kind of impact will five-star WR Evan Stewart have on the Texas A&M football team?
To simplify things, it may be easiest to say that he’ll have a very big impact.
Having beat out the Texas Longhorns for this top-three prospect, Texas A&M now has three wide receivers committed in the 2022 class, two of whom are in the 247Sports’ top-100. Those receivers are Stewart and Chris Marshall who are complemented by three-star Noah Thomas.
Texas A&M wasn’t in desperate need of a wide receiver, but production at the wideout spot has been particularly low in the past couple of seasons.
Zero of the 2021 squad‘s top three wide receivers were recruited to play wide receiver at Texas A&M. Jalen Wydermyer, who finished the regular season with 515 yards, is a tight end, while Ainias Smith and Devon Achane both came to A&M as runningbacks.
A season ago, Smith and Wydermyer were the team’s top two receivers. Neither of them hit the 600-yard mark. To put it simply, the Texas A&M football team needs an impact player at wideout to give the quarterback, whoever it may be, an easier job.
Having a signature recruit at the wide receiver position will help, though it may take some time. The Aggies do have a five-star wideout on the roster in Demond Demas, a player who could form a dangerous one-two punch through the air.
Stewart has room to add bulk but is already one of the most athletic players of any position in the 2022 class. Between himself and Demas, the Aggies will have two serious vertical threats in the passing game — something that could go a long way for this team.
I say this every time, but the Aggies are not done with their 2022 class. Jimbo Fisher may still have a few tricks up his sleeve.