Nation’s Second-Ranked Recruit Walter Nolen Announces Commitment

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    Tennessee target DL Walter Nolen. Photo Credit: 247 Sports.

    The second-ranked recruit in the nation, five-star defensive lineman Walter Nolen, officially announced his collegiate commitment over the weekend. In August, Nolen announced a top three of Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Georgia.

    On Saturday afternoon, while on an unofficial visit to College Station, Nolen announced his commitment to Texas A&M through social media.

    “Honored and blessed to say that I will be committing to Texas A&M,” Nolen wrote on his Twitter post. “#GigEm”

    Nolen, the nation’s top defensive lineman recruit according to 247 Sports, is currently a resident of Powell, TN. Additionally, Nolen is in the midst of playing his senior season and first season at Powell High School.

    Prior to Nolen’s commitment, Tennessee looked to be a strong contender for Nolen. The Vols were gaining momentum through defensive-line coach Rodney Garner as he and Nolen continued to grow their relationship.

    Based on his traveling schedule in the month of October, it seemed to be down to a two-team race in the end: Tennessee and Texas A&M.

    On Oct. 9, Nolen took an official visit to Texas A&M, attending the game in which the Aggies took down No. 1 Alabama. Then Nolen took an unofficial visit to Tennessee the next weekend to watch the Vols take on  Ole Miss during the Checker Neyland environment. Nolen then followed that weekend with another unofficial visit to College Station as the Aggies took down South Carolina on Oct. 23.

    Then, as mentioned before, during an unofficial visit to Texas A&M on Nov. 6, Nolen made his commitment official.

    According to 247, Nolen could still be planning on taking an official visit to Tennessee next weekend as the Vols host No. 1 Georgia. While Tennessee didn’t land Nolen during his commitment, nothing is official until National Signing Day. However, at this moment, Knoxville resident and No. 2 recruit in the nation, Walter Nolen, is officially heading to Texas A&M.

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