For head coach Kevin Sumlin and the rest of the Texas A&M coaching staff, the void at linebacker over the last few seasons has been glaring. Even with the arrival of defensive coordinator John Chavis following the 2014 season, the Aggies had some problems getting much traction with top linebacker prospects across the country.
The staff's work, specifically in this area began to produce fruit in the 2016 recruiting class with the addition of Tennessee linebacker Tyrel Dodson, who was personally recruited by Chavis.
Although the Aggies hadn't had much to show in term of commitments at the linebacker position in the 2017 class heading into the summer, they have been in good position with a number of the top targets on their board. On Tuesday afternoon, the Aggies got another big piece in the rebuilding of their linebacker corps. when IMG Academy 4-star outside linebacker Santino Marchiol gave his commitment to Sumlin and Chavis.
Marchiol, the Aggies 14th commitment in the 2017 class, not only gives them their first linebacker of the class but also sets up what could potentially be a domino effect with several teammates who are also high on the Aggies wish list. Standout signal caller Kellen Mond also has the Aggies in his final two schools along with Auburn and receiver Jhamon Ausbon who is originally from the state of Texas also has been reported to be leaning the Aggies way.
In Marchiol, the Aggies get a tremendous talent who is also an early enrollee who will arrive in College Station in time for next year's spring workouts. He is currently the 29th rated outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com