Texas A&M football adds run-stopping DL Josh Celiscar via transfer portal

The former UCF defensive lineman, though he entered the portal near the end of last year, has just now made a commitment to Texas A&M football.
Sep 4, 2021;  College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the sideline of the game
Sep 4, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the sideline of the game / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Elko and Texas A&M football pick up yet another transfer portal commitment with run-stuffing DL from UCF

Recruiting never stops—something Texas A&M football coach Mike Elko is evidently well-familiar with. Even though the former portal entry window closed some time ago, and the next window will open in a mere eight days, Elko is still doing work with those initial entries.

Case in point: the Aggies just added another commitment at a position of need. Though the Aggies have some top-line talent along the defensive line, they’ve desperately needed some depth, especially some that they can stack inside. Their newest add—UCF DL Joshua Celiscar—is aimed directly at that need.

Celiscar is a fifth-year player who has previously played at UCF. He stands at 6’4” and 265, and specializes as a run-stopping defensive end. Given the versatility that Elko shows with where he lines up his defensive linemen, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move inside at times either.

Celiscar likely won’t compete for a starting job right away, but he is a guy who brings needed depth and maturity up front. Except for an extremely small number of prospects, it takes guys a while to adjust to the size up front, so you can never have enough seniority at those positions.

Celiscar isn’t a highly-rated guy, but I again think this is a good pickup for the Aggies. It shows that Elko is aware of the team’s specific needs and is taking action to address them.

In a Mike Elko defense, though, this is the kind of guy that can flash. He may come in unheralded, but Elko and Bateman know how to deploy the talent at their disposal. This is a nice pickup for Texas A&M football—and I’m sure there are more to come for Elko and the Aggies.