#collegesafety | Jardin Gilbert set to start at free safety



Texas A&M lost a number of key contributors from its 2021 team that included four selections in the most recent National Football League draft as well as seven other players who signed contracts as undrafted free agents. They included their leading rusher, their best and most versatile offensive lineman, perhaps the best tight end in school history, their leading tackler, a interior lineman who could play either defensive tackle spot, and three defensive ends who combined for 24 sacks.

They’re also adding not just the nation’s number one ranked recruiting class for 2022 but the best of all time per the 247 Sports Composite. The group includes eight five star rated prospects (four of them defensive lineman), the best group of wideouts in the nation, one of the country’s top quarterbacks, the best collection of tight ends, and an array of people that can run in the back seven. Eleven of them were early enrollees with receiver Evan Stewart entering the starting lineup on the first day of spring practice.

In between, the Aggies welcome back players from three top ten recruiting classes that will flesh out the vast majority of the positions in the first unit. It will be these players and not the newcomers that will primarily determine how well the Aggies do in the upcoming season. This series is a look at those players in terms how they were rated coming out of high school, how they got to Aggieland, how well they’ve played so far, and most importantly what we can expect from them in 2022.

Safety Jardin Gilbert signed with the Aggies in their 2021 recruiting class and moved into a backup role on the back end of the defense after his arrival on campus last summer. He’s now slated to start in 2022 and all signs indicate that he’ll finally add the athleticism that’s been missing from that position.



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