Dealyn Evans has been a Texas A&M commit since July 2022. He remained pledged to the Aggies following the firing of Jimbo Fisher and the hiring of Mike Elko, but didn’t sign his NLI on the opening of the Early Signing Period on Wednesday.

Despite Steve Sarkisian and Texas making a major push to flip the defensive lineman, Evans will indeed sign with the Aggies on Friday, the final day of the signing period and his last opportunity to do so until February.

The Aggies will gain the services of the No. 13 defensive lineman in the country and the No. 90 overall player, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He joins a class that ranks No. 15 nationally.

Elko is looking to turn the fortunes of an Aggies program that has underperformed in recent years, especially as Texas prepares to enter the SEC and is a College Football Playoff team for the 1st time. Under Fisher, A&M was 9-1 in 2020 but failed to carry that momentum on to subsequent years, going just 20-16 since.

Fisher was fired 10 games into the season, opening the door for Elko’s return to College Station after 2 seasons as the head coach at Duke.