Texas A&M Football: 3 Reasons Shemar Turner Staying is a Great Decision

Why the return for the Texas A&M football defensive end is great for the Aggies and for him.

Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Shemar Turner (5)
Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Shemar Turner (5) / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
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Shemar Turner's Return to Texas A&M Football Means He is the Premier Name on the Defensive Line

Shemar, though a highly-touted and well-heralded five-star prospect when he came out of high school, has strangely taken a back seat at times in the minds of some fans. In his first season, people were focused on guys like Micheal Clemons and DeMarvin Leal up front; in his second season, some fans jumped right to the plethora of lineman coming in as part of the historic 2022 class.

Even this past year, there wasn't enough dialogue about Shemar. He made impressive play after impressive play, but too often people were talking about a guy like Walter Nolen, or the breakout season that Edgerrin Cooper was having.

Don't get me wrong: Coop's flowers are well-deserved. But now that Nolen has departed, anxiety about his week to week status has evaporated among the fanbase, and Cooper being gone to the NFl means that it's Shemar's turn to be the center of attention along the line.

Shemar coming back means he will be one of the most hyped and heralded prospects at the position headed into next year. Ohio State has a couple of big time DL players, for sure, but they are the only program that will be able to rival the Aggies on that front. Turner will lead and anchor the line as a senior, and will grab headlines, thus boosting his draft status for the 2025 class when he eventually declares after the season.