La Grange's J.K. Dobbins(22) escapes a tackle by Liberty Hill's Andy Becker(35) during their class 4A high school football game at Leopard Stadium in La Grange Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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The Austin American-Statesman’s 2017 Fab 55: Nos. 10-1

Posted April 15th, 2016


Over Thursday and Friday, the American-Statesman will unveil its initial Fabulous 55 of the state’s top football recruits in the class of 2017.

It’ll be broken into five parts — 55-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11 and 10-1 — and will conclude with a feature story on Marvin Wilson — the list’s top-ranked player — an interactive online map, an online photo gallery of the players and the entire list in print on Saturday.

Here’s part five with players ranked Nos 10-1.


10. Sam Ehlinger, QB, Westlake (6A), 6-1/215, Committed to Texas — the ultimate freelancer who thrives under duress. Could be the solution to Texas’ prolonged QB problem.

9. Lagaryonn Carson, DE, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (4A), 6-4/260, Committed to Texas — overwhelms smaller blockers in 4A, but there’s no reason to think bigger blockers would hold up much better.

8. Anthony Hines, ILB, Plano East (6A), 6-2/222, Undecided — thumps like an inside backer, runs like a safety. Wonderful athlete with long arms. He reports 82 scholarships offers. Yes, 82.

7. Austin Deculus, OT, Cy-Fair (6A), 6-6/323, Undecided — Cy-Fair’s offensive coordinator keeps it simple and runs the ball behind this mammoth road grader.

6. Tyrese Robinson, G, McKinney Boyd (6A), 6-4/310, Committed to Oklahoma — After signing just three 2016 players from Texas, Oklahoma is cleaning up in 2017 with commitments from six Fab 55 members. The highest ranked member of the group is Robinson, who is flat out mean and overpowers all comers.

5. Jeffrey Okudah, S, South Grand Prairie (6A), 6-1/194, Undecided — nation’s top-ranked safety might actually be better at cornerback. It’d probably be wise to try him out on offense, too. Amazing athlete.

4. J.K. Dobbins, RB, La Grange (4A), 5-9/199, Committed to Ohio State — unbelievable change in direction and bounces off of defenders. Averaged 9.5 yards a carry last year after averaging 12.1 the year before.

3. Jack Anderson, G, Frisco (5A) 6-5/300, Committed to Texas Tech — bigger programs won’t go away quietly in pursuit of Anderson, a five-star prospect and a Texas Tech legacy. If Kliff Kingsbury can hold onto him, Anderson will be a day one starter in Lubbock.

2. Baron Browning, OLB, Kennedale (4A), 6-3/230, Undecided — his shedding of blocks is a thing of beauty. So is his ability to drop into coverage and blanket much smaller receivers. 

1. Marvin Wilson, DT, Bellaire Episcopal (SPC), 6-4/329, Undecided — the phrase “unblockable” is thrown around too much. Wilson is unblockable. Too, he’s impressively slender for someone of his size.


1.Marvin WilsonDTBellaire Episcopal (SPC)Undecided
2.Baron BrowningOLBKennedale (4A)Ohio State
3.Jack AndersonGFrisco (5A)Texas Tech
4.JK DobbinsRBLa Grange (4A)Ohio State
5.Jeffrey OkudahSSouth Grand Prairie (6A)Undecided
6.Tyrese RobinsonGMcKinney Boyd (6A)Oklahoma
7.Austin DeculusOTCy-Fair (6A)LSU
8.Anthony HinesILBPlano East (6A)Texas A&M
9.Lagaryonn CarsonDETexarkana Liberty-Eylau (4A)Texas
10.Sam EhlingerQBWestlake (6A)Texas
11.Brock WrightTECy-Fair (6A)Notre Dame
12.Chris RobisonQBMesquite Horn (6A)Oklahoma
13.Omar ManningWRLancaster (5A)TCU
14.K'Lavon ChaissonDEGalena Park North Shore (6A)Undecided
15.Walker LittleOTBellaire Episcopal (SPC)Stanford
16.Chevin CallowayCBDallas Bishop Dunne (TAPPS)Undecided
17.Grayson ReedOTCypress Creek (6A)Texas A&M
18.Toneil CarterRBHouston Langham Creek (6A)Texas
19.Shawn RobinsonQBDeSoto (6A)TCU
20.Edward IngramGDeSoto (6A)LSU
21.Charleston RamboWRCedar Hill (6A)Oklahoma
22.Grant DelpitSHouston Lamar (6A)LSU
23.Tylan WallaceWRFort Worth South Hills (5A)Oklahoma State
24.Derrick TuckerSManvel (6A)Texas A&M
25.Hezekiah JonesWRStafford (4A)Texas A&M
26.Wes HarrisGAledo (6A)TCU
27.Tyrell ShaversWRLewisville (6A)Alabama
28.Eno BenjaminRBWylie East (5A)Undecided
29.Mannie NetherlyWRCrosby (5A)LSU
30.CeeDee LambWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
31.Levi JonesOLBWestlake (6A)Undecided
32.Jalen ReagorWRWaxahachie (5A)Oklahoma
33.Kary VincentCBPort Arthur Memorial (6A)LSU
34.Earnest BrownDEDenton Ryan (6A)Northwestern
35.Taquon GrahamDETemple (5A)Texas
36.Damion MillerWRTyler John Tyler (5A)Texas
37.Kedrick JamesTEWaco La Vega (4A)Alabama
38.Robert BarnesSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Oklahoma
39.Laviska ShenaultWRDeSoto (6A)Colorado
40.Deiontae WattsDTPlano East (6A)Nebraska
41.Myles JonesCBMagnolia West (5A)Texas A&M
42.Kobe Boyce CBLake Dallas (5A)Texas
43.Avery DavisQBCedar Hill (6A)Notre Dame
44.Montrell Estell SHooks (3A)Texas
45.Camron BuckleyWRCedar Hill (6A)Texas A&M
46.Kennedy BrooksRBMansfield (6A)Oklahoma
47.Saiid AdeboATHMansfield (6A)Notre Dame
48.Stephan ZabieOTWestlake (6A)Undecided
49.Will FarrarGFort Bend Travis (6A)Texas Tech
50.RJ SneedWRCypress Ranch (6A)TCU
51.Corey BethleyDTKaty (6A)Undecided
52.Major TennisonTEBullard (4A)Alabama
53.Alan AliOTKeller Timber Creek (6A)SMU
54.Brenden JaimesOTLake Travis (6A)Nebraska
55.Jaylon JacksonWRCedar Hill (6A)Colorado

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