Texas A&M football recruiting rumors: Highly-rated LB makes surprise visit

Ace recruiter Jay Bateman is already earning his keep as DC/LB coach, bringing in one of the nation's top defensive prospects for an out-of-state visit.
Oct 28, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Edgerrin Cooper (45)
Oct 28, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Edgerrin Cooper (45) / Dustin Safranek-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M football recruiting rumors: Aggies hosting a top-rated out-of-state linebacker

This has been a quiet stretch when it comes to Texas A&M football recruiting over the last few weeks. That's natural, of course—the period between the traditional signing period and the start of spring football is usually one of the less active in the entire calendar. Now, the Aggies have been doing what they can as far as confirming visits for later in the cycle—and they’ve certainly been prolific on that front—but they haven’t hosted many guys yet.

This weekend, however, saw a premier talent from the 2025 class make his way to Aggieland. LB Darrell “Duke” Johnson, out of Eastman, Georgia, was in town this weekend.

This is a big pull for Mike Elko and company. Locking down the state is crucial in this class, as I have written about several times, given the level of talent in Texas this year. However, one of the big questions that I personally had about this staff, following a group that was elite on the trail, was how they would stack up in national recruiting. Even just getting a guy like Johnson on campus is a testament to their ability on that front.

Johnson is currently rated as the 28th overall player in the 247 Composite Ratings, though the in-house ratings for 247 have him down around 48th. That’s good for the 3rd-ranked linebacker in the entire class.

Johnson looked like he was enjoying some Aggie baseball this weekend too. Let’s hope he has an appreciation for the work Schloss and the boys have been putting in this season.

This may not be one that the Aggies pull out in the end—indeed, he has been predicted to go elsewhere—but giving Johnson something to think about with this visit is a positive sign. This is the kind of prospect that the Aggies need to begin pulling in this cycle to make a statement to the college football public.