For the third straight year, Texas A&M has landed the best defensive end the state has to offer.
Ennis four-star defensive end James Lockhart, rated the 11th overall player in the state by 247Sports composite rankings, announced Friday afternoon at his high school gym that he will spend his college years in College Station. The Aggies landed Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett, the state’s No. 1 overall prospect, in the 2014 class, and in 2013 they landed Daeshon Hall, the top end in Texas at No. 23 overall.
Friday’s pledge also gives Texas A&M four of the top 11 overall players in the state in the 2015 class. Lockhart joins defensive tackle Daylon Mack (No. 3), quarterback Kyler Murray (No. 5) and receiver Demarkus Lodge (No. 7).
The Aggies now have 19 verbal commitments in their 2015 class which currently ranks second to Alabama, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Lockhart chose the Aggies over offers from virtually every big name university, including Alabama, defending national champion Florida State and Texas.
The Longhorns were once in the lead to land the state’s top defensive end, but fell behind Texas A&M and others during the coaching switch. Lockhart visited Texas in late May, but surprisingly left the Longhorns off his list of six finalists a week later.
Lockhart, 6-2, 251 pounds, played a key role in Ennis’ successful 2013 campaign with 122 tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. The Lions were 14-0 before falling to eventual 4A Division 2 champion Aledo in the state semifinals.
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