Katy Taylor defensive lineman Max Wright is the No. 3 ranked prospect in the Austin American-Statesman's initial 2018 Fabulous 55. (The Katy Times)


Houston Lamar DB Anthony Cook atop of Statesman’s initial 2018 Fab 55

Posted February 3rd, 2017

Story highlights
  • Defenders hold top four spots in first Fab 55 of 2018.
  • The wide receiver position accounts for 12 of the 55 spots.
  • Two five-star secondary players lead the way in 2018.

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.

RELATED: View an interactive map of home towns of the members of our initial 2018 Fab 55


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.

Manvel's Jalen Preston(5) escapes tackles by Cedar Park's Jordan Diver(47) and Nathan Sloey(35) during a Class 5A, Division I high school football playoff game at Kyle Field in College Station, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)
Manvel’s Jalen Preston (5) escapes tackles by Cedar Park’s Jordan Diver (47) and Nathan Sloey (35) during a Class 5A, Division I high school football playoff game at Kyle Field in College Station, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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 BushWRSchertz ClemensUndecided
54.Chasen HinesOLMarshall (5A)LSU
53.Jaquayln CrawfodATHRockdale (3A)Undecided
52.Julon WilliamsATHConverse Judson (6A)Undecided
51.Trent GordonCBManvel (5A)Penn State
50.Keaontay IngramRBCarthage (4A)Texas
49. Tanner McCalisterCBRockwall-Heath (6A)Undecided
48.Ke'von AhmadWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Undecided
47.Trey StratfordOTAllen (6A)Undecided
46.Tanner MordecaiQBWaco Midway (6A)Oklahoma
45.Jaylon RobinsonATHFort Worth Paschal (6A)Oklahoma
44.Quandree WhiteATHCollege Station (5A)Undecided
43.Miles BattleWRCypress Creek (6A)Undecided
42.Zadock DinkelmannQBSomerset (4A)Undecided
41.Jordon AustinCBLancaster (5A)Oklahoma
40.Tyrese HeardSTeague (3A)UAB
39.Trevon Moehrig-WoodardCBSmithson Valley (6A)TCU
38. Joshua FleeksWRCedar Hill (6A)Baylor
37. Jarell CherryDEDallas Carter (6A)LSU
36.Drue JacksonWRGarland Sasche (6A)Undecided
35.D'shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided
34. Verone McKinley IIICBLewisville Hebron (6A)Undecided
33. Calvin AveryDTDallas Bishop Dunne (TAPPS) Undecided
32.Montel ParkerWRDickinson (6A)Texas A&M
31.Chad BaileyLBFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
30. Isaiah HumphriesSGarland Sachse (6A)Penn State
29. Leon O'Neal Jr.SCypress Springs (6A)Texas A&M
28. Erik EzukanmaWRKeller Timber Creek (6A)Undecided
27. Jaylen WaddleWRBellaire Episcopal (SBC)Undecided
26. Stanley HackettRBPasadena Rayburn (6A)Undecided
25.Cam'ron JonesSMansfield (6A)Undecided
24. Craig WilliamsRBCrosby (5A)Undecided
23. Luke MatthewsOTFort Bend Elkins (5A)Texas A&M
22. Spencer SandersQBDenton Ryan (5A)Oklahoma State
21.Atanza VongorSSouth Grand Prairie (6A)TCU
20.Jordan MooreSYoakum (3A)Texas A&M
19. Bobby BrownDTArlington Lamar (6A)Undecided
18. Gabriel DouglasWRDenton Ryan (5A)Texas Tech
17.Bumper PoolLBLucas Lovejoy (5A)Arkansas
16.Alston OrjiLBRockwall (6A)Vanderbilt
15. Colten BlantonOTCypress Ranch (6A)Texas A&M
14. Jalen MaydenQBGarland Sachse (5A)Miss. State
13. Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar (6A)Texas
12. Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor (6A)Texas
11. Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield (6A)Undecided
10. Mustapha MuhammadTEFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
9. Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights (6A)Texas
8.Barton ClementOLFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
7. Darrell SimpsonOTNorthwest (5A)Undecided
6.Malcolm EppsTESpring DeKaney (6A)Undecided
5. Jalen PrestonWRManvel (5A)Undecided
4.Caden SternsSCibolo Steele (6A)Texas
3. Max WrightDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
2.BJ FosterSAngleton (5A)Texas
1. Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided