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New names on our final Fabulous 55
The final Fabulous 55 update for the 2018 class will be released online Wednesday and in print on Feb. 1. Seven new prospects will make our final rankings list, including a local quarterback who’s already enrolled at Ohio State and a running back who signed with Wisconsin. Texas target and Katy defensive tackle Moro Ojomo also made the cut after a district MVP senior season.
The new names:
Tevailance Hunt, wide receiver, Texarkana High
FYI: 6-2/185; 4 stars; No. 166-ranked player in the country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 21
Hunt was a first-team all-district player as a junior, racking up 701 yards and 10 touchdowns so he wasn’t an under-the-radar prospect by any stretch. His senior season, however, put him on the national map. He caught 69 passes for 1,243 yards 18 touchdowns. Hunt also played at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando on Jan. 4. Hunt signed with TCU in December over 12 other offers.
Tanner Mordecai, quarterback, Waco Midway
FYI: 6-2.5/213; 4 stars; No. 249-ranked player in country
Fabulous 55: 35
Mordecai led Waco Midway to the its first-ever state championship appearance. He rushed for 4,395 yards and 53 touchdowns, adding 1,163 yards and 23 touchdowns as a rusher. He missed time as a junior and sophomore due to injury. Mordecai signed with Oklahoma in December and is one of only three quarterbacks to make the Fabulous 55.
Kam Scott, wide receiver, Manvel
FYI: 6-2/165; 3 stars; No. 424-ranked player in the country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 45th
Commitment: Signed with Missouri
Manvel is home to numerous Power 5 athletes and Scott was lost in the shuffle for most of the 2018 cycle. His big-play ability can’t be ignored and he signed with Missouri during the early period. As a senior, Scott racked up 533 yards and eight touchdowns on just 19 receptions. He will be an immediate deep threat in the SEC, and he can help in the return game.
Matthew Baldwin, quarterback, Lake Travis
— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewb_6) December 8, 2017
FYI: 6-2.5/195; 4 stars; No. 332-ranked player in the country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 47th
Commitment: Ohio State
It took most of his senior season before college recruiters truly bought in on Baldwin as an elite quarterback after he sat behind Charlie Brewer, now at Baylor, during his junior season. Baldwin took over as a senior and led Lake Travis back to a state championship game before he was injured on the first play. Baldwin put the recruiting world on notice when Ohio State offered and he quickly accepted. He passed for 3,842 yards and 44 touchdowns in 2017.
Nakia Watson, running back, Westlake
FYI: 5-11/212; 3 stars; No. 454-ranked player in the country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 49th
Watson moved to Westlake from Manor after his sophomore season. He made an immediate impact, rushing for 1,626 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. He received a Wisconsin offer in May of his junior year and was committed to the Badgers by the summer. He’s never wavered from the commitment despite running for 1,837 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior. Watson is the fastest or strongest running back in the state, but he was one of the most consistently productive players at his position over his final two seasons of prep football.
Moro Ojomo, defensive tackle, Katy
FYI: 6-3/280; 3 stars; No. 389-ranked player in country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 50th
Top schools: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oregon
Few seniors saw their stock rise more than Ojomo, who’s only 16 years old despite being out of high school eligibility. He received an offer from Texas on Dec. 6 and other elite programs followed suit once Ojomo decided to sign on national signing day in February instead of during the early period. Ojomo is still growing and isn’t close to a finished prospect. His upside is tremendous and he was named defensive MVP of his district.
Vernon Jackson, defensive end, Boling
— V JACKSON (@vjackkk) September 15, 2017
FYI: 6-3/240; 4 stars; No. 458-ranked player in the country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 53rd
Jackson is an all-state quarterback at Boling, but he’ll move to a more natural position of defensive end once he’s at Alabama. Expect him to be raw early in his career; it make take a few seasons before he can crack the depth chart. However, he’s the type of player who disappears at Alabama for two or three seasons and then emerges as the next great defensive lineman. He’s big, fast, strong and can run well for a big man.
Maurice Washington, running back, Cedar Hill Trinity Christian
FYI: 6-1/190; 4 stars; No. 207-ranked player in country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 54th
Top schools: Nebraska, Arizona State, Ohio State
Washington fell through the cracks as a private school running back. He made a statement at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando on Jan. 4 among eight Texas commits and dozens of the top players in the country. Washington scored three touchdowns in the game, was named the MVP and proved he belonged with the best players in the state despite his high school competition.
Dominic Livingston, defensive tackle, Aldine Davis
FYI: 6-3/340; 3 stars; No. 526-ranked player in the country
Fabulous 55 ranking: 55th
The sheer size of Livingston makes him a tough prospect to block. The LSU commit clogs lanes and overpowers offensive linemen at the point of attack. He demands double-teams and is quick enough to apply pressure to the quarterback or disrupt a running play in the backfield. Livingston is one of the best interior defensive linemen in the state.
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