Four-star safety Atanza Vongor is TCU's top-rated commit. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: A look at current 2018 recruiting classes around the Big 12, Texas

Posted April 26th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Texas A&M's four Fabulous 55 commits is the most in the country.
  • Every P5 program in Texas, plus Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, hold a commitment from prospect on Fabulous 55.
  • The Cowboys' class features two quarterbacks.

The Longhorns are up to five commitments in the 2018 class after flipping four-star quarterback Cameron Rising from Oklahoma and gaining the commitment of three-star offensive tackle Reese Moore.

The three highest-ranked players currently committed to Texas are out-of-state prospects. Moore and linebacker Byron Hobbs are three-star recruits, per 247Sports Composite Rankings. Texas’ current 2018 class ranks No. 20 in the nation, per 247Sports.

In this week’s Dotted Line, we take a closer look at the current state of recruiting classes for the major programs in Texas and the Big 12.

Texas A&M commit Colten Blanton competes at The Opening in Houston. (Mike Craven)

Texas A&M

Total commits: 6

Fabulous 55 members: 4 – Colten Blanton (15), Jordan Moore (20), Luke Matthews (23), Montel Parker (32)

Latest on A&M: No program in the state jumped out to a quicker start than the Aggies. Kevin Sumlin’s program gained commitments from two four-star offensive tackles in Blanton and Matthews, who is a Texas A&M legacy. Wide receiver Montel Parker from Dickinson provides height and playmaking ability, while Jordan Moore from Yoakum is one of the top safeties in the state. The Aggies also hold commitments from quarterback Cade Fortin out of Georgia and defensive tackle Dominic Livingston from Aldine Davis in Houston. The current 2018 class ranks No. 17 in the nation.


Total commits: 5

Fabulous 55 members: 1 – Joshua Fleeks (38)

Latest on Baylor: New head coach Matt Rhule rallied the 2017 class late in the cycle after taking over a program rife with off-the-field concerns. Baylor ended the 2017 cycle with the No. 40 ranked class in the nation, good for the fifth-best class in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma, Texas, TCU and Oklahoma State. The Bears are off to a good start in 2018 with Cedar Hill athlete Joshua Fleeks as the headliner. The 5-foot-11 playmaker could end up at wide receiver or running back in college. Baylor has three offensive tackles committed with Jackson Kimble from Southlake Carroll ranked the highest of the three, per 247 Sports. Wide receiver Tyquan Thornton from Miami is the program’s lone out-of-state commit.

Texas Tech

Total commits: 4

Fabulous 55 members: 2 – Gabriel Douglas (18), Jaylon Robinson (45)

Latest on Texas Tech: The Red Raiders rarely lack for production at the wide receiver position and the early outlook for Texas Tech’s 2018 class means that trend isn’t slowing. The top commits for the Red Raiders are potential game-changers at wide receiver. Gabriel Douglas, a wide receiver from Denton Ryan, is a four-star prospect, while Robinson, who plays quarterback in high school, is a high three-star prospect and a member of the Fab 55. Texas Tech also holds a commitment from three-star wide receiver Treveon Johnson out of Giddings and JUCO wide receiver Myron Mitchell out of Butler C.C. in Kansas.


Total commits: 5

Fabulous 55 members: 2 – Atanza Vongor (21), Trevon Moehrig-Woodard (39)

Safety Atanza Vongor committed to TCU. (Mike Craven)

Latest on TCU: The Horned Frogs are known for defense, and Gary Patterson is securing the future of his unit early in the 2018 cycle. Vongor, a four-star safety from South Grand Prairie, became the headliner of class. He’s already earned an invitation to The Opening Finals in Oregon this summer. Cornerback Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, a Fabulous 55 member from Smithson Valley, and Manor’s Ochaun Mathis, a three-star defensive end, are also committed. The other two members of the class are three-star offensive linemen Esteban Avila, a teammate of Vongor, and Devin Phillips from Louisiana.


Total commits: 5

Fabulous 55 members: 1 – Jordon Austin (41)

Latest on Oklahoma: The Sooners are experiencing a rough patch in recruiting. Oklahoma lost its 2018 quarterback when Rising flipped to Texas. Two of the top 2019 prospects in Texas also de-committed from Oklahoma last weekend. Bob Stoops is likely to rebound and build another solid class in Norman. The Sooners still hold a commitment from five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker, who is a teammate of Texas commit Casey Thompson at Southmoore High School in Oklahoma. The Sooners also hold a commitment from four-star running back T.J. Pledger. The IMG Academy (Fla.) product also held an offer from Texas. Austin is Oklahoma’s lone commitment from Texas. Defensive back Patrick Fields and defensive tackle Jordan Kelly, both three-stars from Union High School in Oklahoma, round-out the current 2018 class.

Oklahoma State

Total commits: 7

Fabulous 55 members: 1 – Spencer Sanders (22)

Latest on Oklahoma State: Two Texas-based prep quarterbacks headline the current 2018 class for Oklahoma State. Sanders, from Denton Ryan, is the second-highest ranked quarterback in the Fabulous 55 behind Jalen Mayden. The Cowboys also hold a commitment from three-star Jaelyn Nolan, who is listed as an athlete by most recruiting services, but plays quarterback at Brownfield High School. Tight end Nic McTear (Frisco Heritage) and linebacker Blake Barron (Rockwall) give Oklahoma State a total of four commitments from Texas. Three-star offensive lineman Bryce Bray is Oklahoma State’s lone commitment from Oklahoma. Mike Gundy also earned the pledge of three-star offensive tackle Hunter Woodard from Illinois.


Total commits: 1

Fabulous 55 members: None

Latest on Houston: Tom Herman’s old program only holds one commitment in the 2018 class. Three-star running back Kelan Walker from DeSoto is the team’s lone commitment.