Bishop Dunne safety Brian Williams at the Future 50 Camp in Orlando. (Mike Craven)

The Dotted Line: Who is the best player in Texas during the 2019 recruiting cycle?

Posted January 23rd, 2018

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  • Three wide receivers are in running for the state's top player in 2019.
  • Safety Brian Williams is ranked as the top player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.
  • Defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal is the darkhorse to land in the No. 1 spot.

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The race for the 2019 top spot

It’s nearly time to switch the entire recruiting focus to to 2019 as the 2018 national signing day on Feb. 7 approaches. The Longhorns will sign the top five players on the 2018 Fabulous 55 and are in good position with the top prospects in the state for the following cycle.

It’ll be another year without a clear top player. Expect multiple recruiting sites to name different top players in the state. It’s a six-man race for the top spot on the 2019 Fab 55 and below we make the case for all six to be the No. 1 player in Texas for the 2019 class.

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Arjei Henderson, wide receiver, Fort Bend Travis

Fort Bend Travis wide receiver Arjei Henderson at the Future 50 Camp. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-1/179; 5 stars; No. 2 on the Next 25

Texas offer? Yes

The case: Henderson is a prolific and productive receiver who could end his high school career with more than 4,000 receiving yards. He earned first-team all-district honors as a sophomore, announcing his arrival onto the recruiting scene with 1,401 yards and 18 touchdown catches. He recorded more than 1,100 yards receiving and scored 14 times as a junior. Henderson is a great route-runner with consistent hands and enough height to play outside or in the slot.

Brian Williams, safety, Dallas Bishop Dunne

FYI: 6-0/185; 5 stars; No. 1 on the Next 25

Texas offer? Yes

The case: Williams is the best safety prospect in Texas, and he might be the best safety prospect in the nation for the 2019 class. He’ll remind many Longhorns fans of Caden Sterns, a 2018 signee from Cibolo Steele. Williams can roam the secondary as the last line of defense, a cover safety or in run support. He’s an all-around talent and comes from great family stock; his older brother, Rawleigh, played running back for Arkansas. Williams already holds 33 offers, including one from Texas.

Jordan Whittington, wide receiver, Cuero

FYI: 6-1/198; 5 stars; No. 5 on the Next 25

Texas offer? Yes

The case: Whittington might be the best pure football player in the 2019 class. He might not get the attention as some others because he doesn’t play near a big city or for an elite program at the Class 6A level, but he’s a complete player who does it all on the field. He lines up at wide receiver, quarterback, running back and all over the defense while also contributing in every phase of special teams. Whittington is being recruiting as a wide receiver who will excel in the slot. He’s a powerful route-runner and hard to tackle after the catch.

Humble Atascocita offensive tackle Kenyon Green at the Future 50 Camp in Orlando. (Mike Craven)

Kenyon Green, offensive tackle, Humble Atascocita

FYI: 6-5/315; 5 stars; No. 3 on the Next 25

Texas offer? Yes

The case: The one-time LSU commit is considered the top player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite. Green is a massive offensive lineman who can play tackle or guard. His ability to maul big defenders is his strength, but he’s also an agile football player with enough athleticism to handle elite pass rushers as he’s done at camps throughout his high school career. Green is clearly the best offensive tackle in the state and one of the best in the nation. He’s ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect in the country.

Theo Wease Jr., wide receiver, Allen

FYI: 6-3/194; 5 stars; No. 4 on the Next 25

Texas offer? Yes

The case: Three wide receivers can make a case for best in the state. Henderson, Whittington and Wease are a dynamic trio. Henderson is the silkiest. Whittington is the most powerful. Wease might be the most dynamic because of his extra length and height. Wease is a mismatch nightmare and a state champion from Allen. He’s a real weapon in the red zone and on third down, and he’s fast enough to be a vertical threat.

DeMarvin Leal, defensive lineman, Converse Judson

FYI: 6-4/280; 4 stars; No. 15 on the Next 25

Texas offer? Yes

The case: Leal is the best defensive lineman in Texas for 2019 and his offer list already includes power programs like Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and Clemson. His combination of size, length and athleticism allow him to play tackle in a four-man defensive front or end in an odd-man front like the one Texas employs. He moves incredibly well for a big man and he’s only going to get stronger at the point of attack as his body matures.

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