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4-star DT McKinnley Jackson chooses Texas A&M over Bama

Signing Day surpises are just the best

National Signing Day may not have the juice that it used to thanks to the December signing period, but dangit if the Texas A&M Aggies didn’t wrap up their class in the best way possible. Already locked into their second straight top 10 class, the Aggies got the cherry on top with the commitment of four-star Mississippi defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson.

Jackson is 6’2” and 327 pounds, and is ranked as the #61 recruit in the country, the #9 defensive tackle and the #1 player in the state of Mississippi. He was offered by 10 of 14 SEC schools, and ultimately chose A&M in a close battle with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Any time you can steal a player away from Bama on Signing Day, it’s a good day. Doing so on the defensive is even better. The Aggies have proven to have one of the better defensive fronts in the SEC in recent seasons, and restocking with an elite recruit like Jackson will help keep things that way. While A&M already has plenty of depth at DT, and it’s not normally a position where freshman do well, it wouldn't be shocking if Jackson worked his way into the rotation in 2020, especially following the early departure of Justin Madubuike for the NFL Draft.

In addition, A&M also added another running back to the signing class today in the form of three-star Arizona running back Darvon Hubbard. A one-time Ohio State commit, Hubbard was a four-star commit until being downgraded by several services withint the last couple of weeks (yay recruiting industry).

Jackson is the Aggies’ fourth-highest rated recruit, and Texas A&M has now signed as many top 100 recruits in the past two years under Jimbo Fisher (13) as Kevin Sumlin did in his last five recruiting classes. Their 2020 class is currently ranked 6th in the country.

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