Texas A&M Football Signees Making an Immediate Impact: Jordan Lockhart
This is one that may be a bit off the beaten path for some fans, but I absolutely love how Lockhart plays. The news of Tyanthony Smith's attempted surprise flip that was sniffed out about a week and a half prior to it coming to fruition took up a little too much headspace for the Texas A&M football faithful when evaluating the linebacker position in 2024, such that I think Lockhart may be flying under the radar a bit.
He also is from California, which means that fewer Aggie fans are familiar with his game than a guy from Southeast Texas. All that in mind, though, I'm really high on the prospect of Lockhart contributing early and often.
He's not quite bulked up to ideal SEC linebacker size at the current moment, but he is an early enrollee, giving him the chance to not only get in Tommy Moffitt's strength and conditioning program earlier than he would have otherwise, but also to learn the defense.
Lockhart is a sure tackler and reads plays well. With the departure of Chris Russell and Edgerrin Cooper, there will be two spots in the rotation ready for someone to step up. The Aggies signed Alex Howard out of Youngstown State via the portal, but a guy like Lockhart, should he get his head around this defensive system quickly, is a prime candidate to make a quick impact.