Texas A&M Football: Which freshmen will have the biggest impact in 2022?

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Ask anyone about the Texas A&M football team and they’ll bring up one thing — recruiting. Jimbo Fisher’s 2022 class, with the help of A&M boosters, is on track to finish as the greatest class in college football history. Currently, they’re a single commitment from five-star Harold Perkins away from that honor.

And with a great recruiting class comes great questions. Okay, I made that up — still, the Aggies’ newcomers will bring many questions along with them.

A class that features six five-star prospects and 18 four-star prospects is new to college football. With updated NIL rules, the college football world doesn’t really know what to expect out of the Aggies in 2022. Thus far, A&M is landing very high in way-too-early preseason rankings.

Which Texas A&M football freshmen will have the biggest immediate impact for the Aggies?

When trying to figure out which freshmen can have a big impact on the Texas A&M football team, you should look no further than the team’s early enrollees, who are already current students at the university.

That list has 11 players and looks as shown below.

  • 5-stars: WR Evan Stewart, DL Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, QB Conner Weigman, CB Denver Harris,
  • 4-stars: DL Anthony Lucas, S Bryce Anderson, TE Jake Johnson, CB Marquis Groves-Killebrew, CB Bobby Taylor, S Jarred Kerr, LB Ish Harris

Conner Weigman: If we’re talking about the earliest possible impact, Conner Weigman will be the guy. The five-star QB prospect will immediately compete for the starting role against Haynes King and Max Johnson.

Even if Weigman doesn’t win the starting spot, he’ll push these other quarterbacks to play their best football in arguably the greatest QB competition in school history. If he starts, he’ll have an even bigger impact.

Walter Nolen: Even though Walter Nolen isn’t listed above, the incoming Aggie defensive lineman is undeniably the most talented player in this class. Heck, Nolen might be the most talented recruit that has ever stepped onto Texas A&M’s campus and committed to play in Aggieland.

Nolen isn’t an early enrollee so it may take him longer to settle into DJ Durkin’s defensive system. That said, the soon-to-be Aggie is a physical freak and the best prospect in the country who isn’t committed to play for Jackson State. Nolen will be an instant game changer and can potentially to fill DeMarvin Leal’s role.

Jake Johnson: The tight end position for Texas A&M has not been one with much controversy in recent years — it’s been Jalen Wydermyer’s role for the past three seasons. With Wydermyer’s departure for the NFL Draft, however, the tight end position in Aggieland is wide open.

Jake Johnson could benefit from a potential scenario where his brother and incoming transfer Max Johnson wins the starting job at the quarterback spot. These two could be one of the most interesting duos in the country.

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