Texas A&M officially added one of the top offensive linemen in the country to its 2016 recruiting class. Offensive tackle Kellen Diesch signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday and will join the Aggies next season.
The school confirmed Diesch’s signing on Wednesday morning.
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Diesch was one of the most highly-pursued recruits in this class, but will be taking his talents to College Station, Texas. The four-star recruit from Byron Nelson High School is rated as the No. 105 player in the nation, the 17th-best player in the state of Texas and the No. 10 offensive tackle in the Class of 2016.
Highly sought-after might be an understatement when describing Diesch’s recruiting process. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive lineman received 33 reported scholarship offers from a slew of powerful programs. Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas and Southern Cal were just some of the schools that sent scholarship offers to Diesch, according to 247Sports.com.
Diesch paid official visits to just two schools: Texas A&M and Tennessee. He visited College Station on Nov. 6 and committed two days later, according to 247Sports. He originally committed to Arkansas in June, but decommitted a couple of months later.
Perhaps Diesch will join Texas A&M’s elite lineage of offensive tackles. The Aggies have had three offensive tackles drafted in the first round of the past three NFL drafts. Luke Joeckel was picked second overall in the 2013 draft, Jake Matthews was taken seventh overall in the 2014 draft and Cedric Ogbuehi was selected 21st overall in last year’s draft. The self-described “big, mean and nasty” lineman who says he enjoys crushing people could be a great fit within Texas A&M’s offense.
Diesch might get a crack at a starting job during his freshman season. Texas A&M will be looking for a replacement for Germain Ifedi, who left early to declare for the NFL draft.
All rankings and ratings according to the 247Sports composite.