The American Statesman’s initial Fabulous 55 list of the 2018 recruiting class’ top prospects reflects the ever-changing landscape of high school football across Texas.
The days of linemen, running backs and linebackers littering these lists are no more. Wide receivers and defensive backs account for 27 of the 55 spots on the list.
The top four spots are reserved for defenders. Houston Lamar’s Anthony Cook takes the initial No. 1 spot. The 6-1, 168-pounder is a lock-down cornerback with range and physicality. He can play bump-and-run coverage or help in run support. And his closing speed, combined with his size, makes him a unique cornerback prospect.
Angleton safety BJ Foster is our No. 2, but Cook and Foster should be considered 1-A and 1-B. Foster is a unique talent with versatility. Foster could play running back or safety in college. Max Wright, a defensive end from Katy Taylor, and Cibolo Steele safety Caden Sterns are No. 3 and No. 4. Sterns, who impressed in a state championship game loss to DeSoto this December, is committed to LSU.
Manvel receiver Jalen Preston, ranked No. 5, is the state’s top offensive player. His teammate, cornerback Trent Gordon, also is on the list. They was part of a 2016 team that knocked off defending Class 5A champion Cedar Park. Preston is a tall wide receiver with elite speed and playmaking ability.
Preston was one of 12 wide receivers to make our initial list, more than any other position. Texas has offered five 2018 receivers from the state and all of them are listed. Of the 28 in-state players Texas has offered, 26 are on the Fab 55. Offensive lineman Darrell Simpson is the lone top-10 player currently without a UT offer.
Sasche’s Jalen Mayden is the top-ranked quarterback, landing at No. 15. He’s one of just four quarterbacks on the list. No quarterback in the state holds a Texas offer yet. Converse Judson’s Julon Williams plays quarterback in high school, but is listed as an athlete on the list.
Four members of the Fab 55 are already committed to Texas A&M. The Longhorns have yet to gain a commitment for the 2018 class.
The 2018 Fabulous 55
|55.||Tommy Bush||WR||Schertz Clemens||Undecided|
|54.||Chasen Hines||OL||Marshall (5A)||LSU|
|53.||Jaquayln Crawfod||ATH||Rockdale (3A)||Undecided|
|52.||Julon Williams||ATH||Converse Judson (6A)||Undecided|
|51.||Trent Gordon||CB||Manvel (5A)||Penn State|
|50.||Keaontay Ingram||RB||Carthage (4A)||Texas|
|49.||Tanner McCalister||CB||Rockwall-Heath (6A)||Undecided|
|48.||Ke'von Ahmad||WR||Colleyville Heritage (5A)||Undecided|
|47.||Trey Stratford||OT||Allen (6A)||Undecided|
|46.||Tanner Mordecai||QB||Waco Midway (6A)||Oklahoma|
|45.||Jaylon Robinson||ATH||Fort Worth Paschal (6A)||Oklahoma|
|44.||Quandree White||ATH||College Station (5A)||Undecided|
|43.||Miles Battle||WR||Cypress Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|42.||Zadock Dinkelmann||QB||Somerset (4A)||Undecided|
|41.||Jordon Austin||CB||Lancaster (5A)||Oklahoma|
|40.||Tyrese Heard||S||Teague (3A)||UAB|
|39.||Trevon Moehrig-Woodard||CB||Smithson Valley (6A)||TCU|
|38.||Joshua Fleeks||WR||Cedar Hill (6A)||Baylor|
|37.||Jarell Cherry||DE||Dallas Carter (6A)||LSU|
|36.||Drue Jackson||WR||Garland Sasche (6A)||Undecided|
|35.||D'shawn Jamison||CB||Houston Lamar (6A)||Undecided|
|34.||Verone McKinley III||CB||Lewisville Hebron (6A)||Undecided|
|33.||Calvin Avery||DT||Dallas Bishop Dunne (TAPPS)||Undecided|
|32.||Montel Parker||WR||Dickinson (6A)||Texas A&M|
|31.||Chad Bailey||LB||Fort Bend Ridge Point (6A)||Undecided|
|30.||Isaiah Humphries||S||Garland Sachse (6A)||Penn State|
|29.||Leon O'Neal Jr.||S||Cypress Springs (6A)||Texas A&M|
|28.||Erik Ezukanma||WR||Keller Timber Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|27.||Jaylen Waddle||WR||Bellaire Episcopal (SBC)||Undecided|
|26.||Stanley Hackett||RB||Pasadena Rayburn (6A)||Undecided|
|25.||Cam'ron Jones||S||Mansfield (6A)||Undecided|
|24.||Craig Williams||RB||Crosby (5A)||Undecided|
|23.||Luke Matthews||OT||Fort Bend Elkins (5A)||Texas A&M|
|22.||Spencer Sanders||QB||Denton Ryan (5A)||Oklahoma State|
|21.||Atanza Vongor||S||South Grand Prairie (6A)||TCU|
|20.||Jordan Moore||S||Yoakum (3A)||Texas A&M|
|19.||Bobby Brown||DT||Arlington Lamar (6A)||Undecided|
|18.||Gabriel Douglas||WR||Denton Ryan (5A)||Texas Tech|
|17.||Bumper Pool||LB||Lucas Lovejoy (5A)||Arkansas|
|16.||Alston Orji||LB||Rockwall (6A)||Vanderbilt|
|15.||Colten Blanton||OT||Cypress Ranch (6A)||Texas A&M|
|14.||Jalen Mayden||QB||Garland Sachse (5A)||Miss. State|
|13.||Al'Vonte Woodard||WR||Houston Lamar (6A)||Texas|
|12.||Brennan Eagles||WR||Alief Taylor (6A)||Texas|
|11.||Keondre Coburn||DT||Spring Westfield (6A)||Undecided|
|10.||Mustapha Muhammad||TE||Fort Bend Ridge Point (6A)||Undecided|
|9.||Jalen Green||CB||Houston Heights (6A)||Texas|
|8.||Barton Clement||OL||Fort Bend Marshall (5A)||Texas A&M|
|7.||Darrell Simpson||OT||Northwest (5A)||Undecided|
|6.||Malcolm Epps||TE||Spring DeKaney (6A)||Undecided|
|5.||Jalen Preston||WR||Manvel (5A)||Undecided|
|4.||Caden Sterns||S||Cibolo Steele (6A)||Texas|
|3.||Max Wright||DE||Katy Taylor (6A)||Texas A&M|
|2.||BJ Foster||S||Angleton (5A)||Texas|
|1.||Anthony Cook||CB||Houston Lamar (6A)||Undecided|