Editor’s note: It’s a make-or-break year for Kevin Sumlin in his fifth season as coach of Texas A&M. His staff is loaded with experience and the roster is arguably the most talented it has been since his arrival in 2012.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country takes a look at the 25 most important Aggies who will determine whether Texas A&M is destined for success or doomed for failure in 2016.
No. 21: Claude George, LB
George went the junior college route out of high school, playing defensive end at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 2013-14, before signing with Texas A&M in 2015 as one of the top 60 overall JUCO prospects.
The 6-foot-2, 235 pound George continued fine-tuning his craft with the Aggies after moving to linebacker. He already excelled at as a pass-rusher, and he has also begun to develop better lateral movement and improve in coverage.
While his physical style of play is important, George’s aggressiveness sometimes leads to over-pursuing the ball-carrier or taking bad angles. He projects as the primary backup for middle linebacker Otaro Alaka, who missed the majority of 2015 due to injury.
George recorded 23 tackles, including two for loss, in his first season with Aggies. The rising senior has all the tools needed to continue his trend of improvement along with the rest of the A&M defense. He should play an important contributing role regardless of what happens, but if the injury bug bites Alaka again, George could see the field even more in 2016.
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