Wylie East's Eno Benjamin runs the ball against The Colony during their high school playoff football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas November 13, 2015. (Nathan Hunsinger The Dallas Morning News)

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The Austin American-Statesman’s 2017 Fab 55: Nos. 30-21

Posted April 14th, 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 the state’s top player on Friday, an interactive online map, an online photo gallery of the players and the entire list in print on Saturday.

Here’s part three with players ranked Nos 30-21.


30. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Richmond Foster (5A) 6-2/172, Committed to Oklahoma — rangy vertical allows him to beat defensive backs to the ball’s apex. Thin, Lamb will benefit from a college strength and nutrition program.

29. Mannie Netherly, WR, Crosby (5A), 6-2/183, Committed to Texas A&M — splits time between quarterback and receiver where he makes excellent adjustments to poorly-thrown balls.

28. Eno Benjamin, RB, Wylie East (5A), 5-9/204, Undecided — ran for more than 2,600 yards last year with 41 touchdowns but curiously does not hold an offer from Texas, Texas A&M or Oklahoma. He possesses excellent vision but relatively ordinary burst.

27. Tyrell Shavers, WR, Lewisville (6A), 6-6/202, Undecided — unpolished as a route-runner, but his physical tools are some of the best in this class.

26. Wes Harris, G, Aledo (5A), 6-3/285, Committed to TCU — hard-driving run-blocker who can capably play tackle or guard.

25. Hezekiah Jones, WR, Stafford (4A), 6-0/193, Committed to Baylor — dominant, but tough to assess because he doesn’t appear to be going up against prime competition.


24. Derrick Tucker, S, Manvel (6A), 6-2/194, Undecided — excellent tackler in the open-field, and he’s packing a punch when he gets there.

23. Tylan Wallace, WR, Fort Worth South Hills (5A), 5-11/179, Committed to Oklahoma State — inside receiver who will be a perfect fit in Oklahoma State’s spread system. His twin brother, Tracin, is also heading to Stillwater as a quarterback.

22. Grant Delpit, S, Houston Lamar (6A), 6-3/185 Undecided — towering safety with superb closing speed and instincts. When watching film from his junior season, consider that Delpit had to sit out five games for transferring.

21. Charleston Rambo, WR, Cedar Hill (6A), 6-2/170, Committed to Oklahoma — caught just 22 passes as a junior, but they went for an average of almost 20 yards. He won’t turn 17 until the start of his senior season.

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