Walter Nolen signed with Texas A&M this week as the defensive lineman out of Tennessee was the No. 2-ranked player in this class, and the No. 1-ranked defensive lineman.

Some rumors swirled this week that Nolen may delay his signing, and put some doubt in the minds of fans and recruiters of his plan to stick with the Aggies. But that was put to rest quickly on Wednesday when Nolen signed as he planned after all.

About potential name, image and likeness money playing a factor in his decision, Nolen responded to WBIR-10.

“If I was looking for NIL money, I would have come to UT. The NIL stuff is fun, it’s on the side, but I’m a football player,” he said. “It’s where my heart at.”

Nolen, an Under Armour All-American, chose the Aggies over Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida