Marvin Wilson is one of the top recruits on the Austin American-Statesman Fabulous 55 for 2017. (


The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55: Summer update

Posted July 15th, 2016

Story highlights
  • Plano East LB Anthony Hines and Bellaire Episcopal OT Walker Little are the new Nos. 2 and 3 players in the state
  • Oklahoma commits claim the two highest climbs from our original list but also the biggest fall
  • Aledo OT Chuck Filiaga, an import from California, enters the rankings at No. 20

Big Marv remains at the top, but overall there have been significant changes to the summer update of the initial American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 published in April.

Following impressive showings at The Opening last week in Oregon, Plano East linebacker Anthony Hines and Bellaire Episcopal offensive tackle Walker Little skyrocketed up our chart to close in on Little’s teammate, defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, who retained his top spot after winning MVP honors for The Opening’s top defensive lineman.

Displaying impressive speed and length, Hines advanced six spots to No. 2 and showed why he’s the nation’s top-ranked inside linebacker, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. Little made an even bigger push, improving 12 spots to No. 3 after he made a mockery of the country’s premier pass-rushers.


Heading into this season, Texas is in contention, if not the leader, for Wilson, Hines and Little, and will not go down quietly for La Grange running back J.K. Dobbins, an Ohio State commitment who comes in at No. 4 for the second straight edition. The Horns are also in the mix for fifth-ranked Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning, who was the victim of Hines’ and Little’s jumps and fell off of his No. 2 perch.

Mesquite Horn quarterback Chris Robison (2) throws a pass during the second quarter of their game against Mesquite Horn on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in Mesquite, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)
Mesquite Horn quarterback Chris Robison (2) throws a pass during the second quarter of their game against Mesquite Horn on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in Mesquite, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

There’s also a new top quarterback. Mesquite Horn’s Chris Robison — an Oklahoma commitment — jumped five spots to No. 7 and along the way passed Texas pledge Sam Ehlinger, the Westlake quarterback who slid two spots to No. 12. Robison and Ehlinger are by far the state’s top two passers, a safe distance ahead of TCU commit Shawn Robinson (DeSoto) at No. 28.

Those improving the most were Oklahoma pledges Robert Barnes, a safety from Southlake Carroll who shot up from No. 38 to 14, and Waxahachie’s Jalen Reagor, who is now the state’s top-ranked receiver after moving from No. 32 to 16.

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The biggest drop belongs to that of another OU commit, Cedar Hill receiver Charleston Rambo, who fell 16 spots to No. 37.

Incoming and outgoing transfers shook up the list. Safety Grant Delpit, ranked No. 22 in April, was removed from consideration after he announced he’ll be leaving Houston Lamar to play his senior season at IMG Academy in Florida. Had he stayed in Texas, Delpit would’ve likely cracked our top 10 because he was that impressive at The Opening.

Added to the rankings was offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga, an Aledo import from California with offers from all of the top west coast schools. At No. 20, Filiaga is the highest-ranked player among the six newcomers. Round Rock defensive tackle James Lynch entered the chart at No. 49.

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