Dallas Carter linebacker Jessie Armstead, right, topped the American-Statesman's initial Fabulous 55 in 1989. (Dallas Morning News)

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30 years of the American-Statesman’s Fab 55: The 30 No. 1s

Posted February 4th, 2019


In 1989, Dallas Carter linebacker Jessie Armstead topped the American-Statesman’s initial Fabulous 55. Football recruiting has changed a lot in 30 years.

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Suzanne Halliburton takes a look back at all 30 No. 1-ranked players from the Fabulous 55, along with who should have been ranked No. 1 that year with the credit of hindsight. Note: We did not submit new No. 1’s for the 2015-18 classes since their careers are still active.


30 Years of Fab 55: The No. 1s

1989LBJessie ArmsteadDallas CarterMiami
Won 2 national championships, was a 4-time All-Pro and is in the Giants' Ring of Honor. Redo: Armstead
1990DEAubrey BeaversHouston YatesOklahoma
Missed first 2 years (academics), was a 2nd round pick of the draft. Redo: Greg Hill (Texas A&M)
1991WRMike MillerFort Bend WillowridgeNotre Dame
Was kicked off the team in 1994 following an indictment in Houston. Redo: Sam Adams (Texas A&M)
1992QBShea MorenzSan Angelo CentralTexas
Started 2 seasons, then was drafted by the Yankees in the first round and left school. Redo: Bobby Taylor (Notre Dame)
1993DTWilliam CarrDallas CarterMichigan
First-team All-American, sixth-round NFL pick. Redo: James Brown (Texas)
1994LBTrent DriverClevelandTexas A&M
Started his senior season with the Aggies. Was not drafted. Redo: Byron Hanspard (Texas Tech)
1995DEJohn HilliardHouston SterlingMiss. State
A two-time All-SEC player. Drafted in the sixth round. Redo: Montae Reagor (Texas Tech)
1996QBOdell JamesAldine McArthurBaylor
Hobbled by injuries throughout his career. Became a safety as a senior. Redo: Casey Hampton (Texas)
1997DEDavid WarrenTyler John TylerFlorida State
Impact of a head injury curtailed his playing time in college. Redo: Drew Brees (Purdue)
1998OLAntwan Kirk-HughesWaxahachieTexas
A three-year starter despite being limited by injuries. Redo: Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech)
1999DBGerome SappHouston LamarNotre Dame
Made 155 tackles in college and played five years in the NFL. Redo: Cory Redding (Texas)
2000WRB.J. JohnsonSouth Grand PrairieTexas
Productive career: 152 catches for 2,389 yards, 16 TDs. Redo: Roy Williams (Texas)
2001RBCedric BensonMidland LeeTexas
All-American, Doak Walker Award winner, 1st-round NFL pick. Redo: Benson
2002QBVincent YoungHouston MadisonTexas
Heisman runner-up, won the Davey O'Brien Award, led UT to the 2005 national title. Redo: Young
2003TETony HillsAlief ElsikTexas
Moved to OT. Started 2 years, drafted in the 4th round. Redo: Michael Griffin (Texas)
2004RBAdrian PetersonPalestineOklahoma
Heisman runner-up as a freshman, 7th pick of the 2007 draft. Redo: Peterson
2005TEMartellus BennettAlief TaylorTexas A&M
Played football and basketball for the Aggies, drafted in the 2nd round. Redo: Colt McCoy (Texas)
2006LBSergio KindleDallas WilsonTexas
Finalist for the Butkus and Hendricks awards, drafted in the 2nd round. Redo: Matthew Stafford (Georgia)
2007WRTerrence ToliverHempsteadLSU
Caught 126 passes and was a Cotton Bowl MVP. Redo: Von Miller (Texas A&M)
2008DBAaron WilliamsRound Rock McNeilTexas
Started his junior year, was a 2nd-round draft pick. Redo: Robert Griffin (Baylor)
2009QBGarrett GilbertLake TravisTexas
Lost the starting job, transferred to SMU, drafted in the 6th round. Redo: Kenny Vaccaro (Texas)
2010DEJackson JeffcoatPlano WestTexas
Consensus All-American, won the Hendricks Award. Redo: Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)
2011LBSteve EdmondDaingerfieldTexas
A 3-year starter, 3-time All-Big 12 honorable mention pick. Redo: Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
2012DEMario EdwardsDenton RyanFlorida State
First-team All-ACC and a 2nd-round draft pick. Redo: Corey Coleman (Baylor)
2013WRRobbie RhodesFt. Worth SouthwestBaylor
Was dismissed from two schools, never finished his eligibility. Redo: Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech walk-on)
2014DEMyles GarrettArlington MartinTexas A&M
All-American as a junior and the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft. Redo: Garrett
2015LBMalik JeffersonMequite PoteetTexas
Won the 2014 Butkus Award, 3rd-round pick in 2018 by the Bengals.
2016OTGregory LittleAllenOle Miss
Two-time All-SEC selection, will be in the pool for this year's NFL draft.
2017LBBaron BrowningKennedale Ohio State
Should challenge for a starting role this fall. Was 16th on the team in tackles in 2018.
2018SB.J. FosterAngletonTexas
Should start this fall. Was a key backup, part-time starter as a freshman.


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