Texas A&M football: A&M laying foundation with top overall prospect in 2026

Texas A&M football has the top overall player in the next class on campus this weekend—this is a chance for the Aggies to get something going.

Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Jacoby Mathews (2),
Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Jacoby Mathews (2), / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M football recruiting: Aggies doing work with Jahkeem Stewart, top player in 2026 class

Am I a sicko for thinking this far ahead about Texas A&M football recruiting? Listen... I don't have to answer that question. I can write what I want!

Recruiting never stops, and as a coach, you have to juggle the current class with what is coming down the pike. In that respect, visits like this one are absolutely huge. The top overall prospect in the 2026 class (which sounds impossibly far in the future, but is the class of rising juniors in reality), Jahkeem Stewart, will be on campus for Texas A&M football this weekend.

To be a five-star this early on—when only a sophomore—is a feat that very few have accomplished, but Stewart's pure physical ability makes it easy to see why he has earned such a distinction. He is already an absolute beast athletically, standing at 6'6" and 270 LBs while still a high school underclassman.

Texas A&M football's reputation of recruiting high-caliber defensive linemen can help them in this one, even if Elijah Robinson has departed. New DL coach Sean Spencer is a monster recruiter in his own right, and he can more than hold his own when it comes to a national battle like this one.

One of the biggest things that the Aggies will have to deal with here is that Stewart is a Louisiana prospect. Any Louisiana player—especially those who are as highly regarded as Stewart—will be a tough pull when you're competing with the Bayou Bengals. LSU, of course, recently hired Bo Davis away from the Longhorns, and he'll be all over this one from the jump.

The Aggies will have their work cut out for them in this one, as they would with any top prospect. Getting a guy on campus this early on, though, is a great sign as his recruiting really gets underway. The Aggies are positioning themselves well early on in this one—vital in such a high-stakes, national contest.