No way around it, this one hurts. Texas A&M appears poised to lose a former five-star recruit from the 2022 class, and more importantly, one of it’s best defensive linemen, as it appears that sophomore Walter Nolen intends to enter the transfer portal.
UPDATE: As if Dec. 6, Nolen has officially entered his name into the transfer portal.
BREAKING: Texas A&M DL Walter Nolen plans to enter the Transfer Portal, he tells @on3sports— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) December 4, 2023
The 6’5 300 DL was ranked as the No. 1 Recruit in the 2022 Class
Will have 2 years of eligibility remaininghttps://t.co/jStSukaXte pic.twitter.com/AagEGY2udO
In two years in College Station, Nolen totaled 66 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
It seems more than coincidental that Nolen’s announcement comes on the same day that DL Coach Elijah Robinson announced he is taking the defensive coordinator job at Syracuse, despite Texas A&M’s efforts to keep him in College Station. While some departures were expected as a result of this move, Nolen promised to be a key part of this 2024 defense had he stuck around. While the Aggies are still very talented along their defensive front (at the moment), losing a player of this caliber can’t be construed as anything but terrible.