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Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M’s football recruiting team has been on an absolute rift for the past two weeks. They’ve been rolling since they got a commitment from Chase Bisontis in the top 70 offensive tackles in late July.

Not even a week after Bisontis signed the Aggies, the nation’s No. 1 linebacker Anthony Hill signed the day of the pool party. Hill is currently the top rated recruit for the Aggies. Later that day, four-star athlete Dalton Brooks also announced his commitment to Jimbo Fisher and Co.

While this doesn’t add to the Class of 2023, the Class of 2024 got off to a great start the day after the pool party. College Station added four-star defenseman Daelyn Evans to its impressive streak. The most recent signing came on Aug. 1, when in 2023 three-star defenseman Samu Taumanupepe was signed to Texas A&M.

Texas A&M football recruitment has had an impressive run the past few weeks, so what’s next for the Class of 2023?

WR Shelton Sampson Jr., Aug. 6

The Aggies are on the recruiting path ahead of a big weekend with several prospects set to sign up over the next few days. Shelton Sampson Jr., Louisiana’s five-star wide receiver, is scheduled to attend his high school Saturday at 3:06 p.m. CST.

Sampson Jr. is a big target for the Aggies for the Class of 2023. He’s been on Fisher’s radar since June 2021. Since then, the five-star contender has attended several Aggie football camps and also attended the July 30 pool party.

He is now sitting with the last four including Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU and Florida State. It’s been difficult to see where he’s leaning lately. 247sports currently has two crystal ball predictions to LSU for Sampson, but the last prediction was logged in early July. It’s apparently everyone’s game with LSU, the slight favorite.

OT Naquil Beltrand, August 6th

The next scheduled commitment comes just 30 minutes after Sampson’s commitment. This one comes from Pennsylvania’s three-star offensive tackle Naquil Betrand. Betrand will commit Saturday at 3:30pm CST.

Betrand was previously committed in Colorado before retiring from his commitment in early July. He’s received a lot more attention in the recruiting cycle since his de-signing, and he’s now picking between Aggies, Georgia, Syracuse, Auburn, Kentucky and Penn State.

The 6’7, 310-pound recruit has visited College Station twice, once in April, and he also attended last weekend’s pool party. Texas A&M appears to be the favorite to land Betrand’s services as 247sports currently has two crystal globes for the Aggies, the most recent on August 3.

SAF Kylin Jackson, Aug. 8

The last scheduled signing over the next few days is four-star safety Kylin Jackson of Louisiana. Jackson is expected to sign on Monday, a date to be announced.

Jackson is a big secondary target for the Aggies and has been recruited by Fisher since June 2021. He has also attended several camps at College Station and was last there on June 17th.

LSU also appears to be the favorite for the 6’1, 195-pound defenseman. They’re favored on virtually every recruiting site, but the consensus is it’s up to the Tigers and the Aggies. With the LSU campus only 30 miles away, it seems he wants to stay closer to home.

To sum up the next few days, expect at least one Aggie pledge, most likely coming from Betrand. The Aggies are still in contention for the services of Sampson and Jackson, and an in-conference recruiting battle with the Tigers will be tough, but not impossible.

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