Early Signing Day 2024: Texas A&M Football Signs DT Kendall Jackson

A surprising commitment yesterday from a new name to Texas A&M Football fans has now made things official.

Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; A detailed view of a Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the
Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; A detailed view of a Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas A&M Football Inks Signature from Latest Add to 2024 Recruiting Class Kendall Jackson

It was a huge surprise to most Texas A&M football fans, even those who follow recruiting closely, when news came down yesterday that the Aggies had received a commitment from Florida defensive tackle Kendall Jackson. This was not a name on the radar of many Aggie fans, and so the signing ceremony taking place at Jackson's high school didn't have many maroon eyes on it.

Despite that fact, though, this perhaps should have been something that Aggie fans were more in tune with. Jackson's relationship with new defensive line coach for Texas A&M football, Sean Spencer, is a well-established one; he was committed to Spencer at Florida for quite some time, and flipped to Miami once Spencer departed Gainesville. However, Spencer's hire in College Station clearly changed that calculus, and now Jackson is in the boat with the Aggies. His paperwork was the first to come in this morning.

So what are the Aggies getting in the four-star defensive lineman out of F. W. Buchholz High School? First of all, he's a guy with great positional versatility. Because of his ability to play inside and outside on the defensive line, as well as his overall size and recruit ranking, he reminds me of a guy who really blossomed under Mike Elko in Kingsley Keke. Texas A&M football fans would be absolutely delighted if Jackson ends up with as productive a career as Keke, and I think he has a real shot to be a big time contributor in that mold.

Standing at 6'4", 250 LBs, Jackson possesses prototypical size for a strongside defensive end prospect coming out of high school. He'll look right at home on an SEC defensive line, in other words. As I mentioned, the in-state Gators and Hurricanes were the biggest competition for his signature, but his relationship with Sean Spencer was ironclad enough to get this over the finish line despite Jackson not having visited campus.

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