Ennis (Ennis, Texas) strongside defensive end James Lockhart was a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. Lockhart was chased by programs from the West coast all the way to the East coast but only one could win his services.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin had his eye on Lockhart for quite sometime and his pitch to Lockhart to become an Aggie was too much to pass up. He ultimately chose Texas A&M over Alabama. He also had offers from Florida State, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Texas to name a few.
After a disappointing season on the defensive side of the ball for the Aggies last year, Sumlin is putting together quite an impressive d-line haul. Last recruiting cycle, Sumlin signed the No. 1 defensive end in the country, Myles Garrett ,along with fellow 4-star defensive end Qualen Cunningham and 3-star defensive end Jarrett Johnson. 4-star defensive tackle DeShawn Washington also signed with Texas A&M.
This year is no different.
The Aggies already have a commitment from 2015 4-star defensive tackle and top 40 overall prospect Daylon Mack. The addition of Lockhart only boosts the future of the defensive line.
Aggieyell.com spoke to Lockhart about committing to the Aggies.
“It feels good for this process to be over,” he said. “I have been ready for this process to be over for a while now.” Lockhart said he has known where he would be going for a while now and has been committed to A&M for a couple of weeks now.
“My gut feeling was it was the place for me,” he said. “I felt more love from A&M than Alabama, plus Alabama filled up at defensive end. I really loved the A&M coaches and players and I think we can win a lot of games there.”
Lockhart is looking forward to recruiting other prospects to College Station.
“I’m going to work on recruiting Kris Boyd and Malik Jefferson to A&M now,” he said. “I’m pretty sure both of them will commit to A&M as most of the top players in Texas all want to go to A&M.”