Newton running back and Fabulous 55 member Darwin Barlow as a junior. (Mike Craven)


Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 55-51

Posted March 5th, 2018


The release of the initial 2019 Fabulous 55 was the unofficial beginning of the latest recruiting cycle. Texas is in the mix for some of the best players in the state months removed from signing the best class in the Big 12 and the third-best in the nation, which included the five top-rated players on the 2018 Fab 55.

Allen defensive tackle Jayden Jernigan won a state championship as a junior. (Mike Craven)

Here is a breakdown of the players ranked No. 55 to No. 51.

No. 55: Carl Williams, defensive tackle, Lufkin


FYI: 6-4/310; 3 stars; No. 39-ranked defensive tackle

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Oklahoma, TCU, Houston

Analysis: Lufkin is loaded in the 2019 class and Williams is one of the top prospects from the East Texas powerhouse because of his size and athleticism. Williams moves well for a 300-pound teenager and his long arms give him an advantage as a rusher against most interior linemen. He can play defensive tackle or nose guard. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior and holds 10 offers.

No. 54: Trevor Roberson, offensive tackle, Wellington

FYI: 6-11/354; 3 stars; No. 54-ranked offensive tackle

Texas offer? No

Top offers: TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M

Analysis: Roberson is a mountain, a virtual giant at 6-11 who intrigues colleges because of his upside. He doesn’t face the best competition in the state at the Class 2A Division II level, the smallest 11-man division in Texas. It’s hard to argue with his potential, however, strictly due to his sheer size and power. Roberson’s biggest issue is staying low as a run blocker because of his frame. He’s an excellent pass rusher because it is nearly impossible to get within his wingspan.

No. 53: Jayden Jernigan, defensive tackle, Allen

FYI: 6-1/280; 3 stars; No. 31-ranked defensive tackle

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Washington

Analysis:  Jernigan is a defensive tackle with state championship pedigree after Allen claimed a Class 6A title in 2017. Jernigan was the anchor of that defense. He’s big enough to handle double teams at the point of attack as a tackle or move to the three-technique and create havoc in the backfield. He visited Texas for junior day and the Longhorns even mentioned the possibility of him playing defensive end in an odd-man front.

No. 52: Darwin Barlow, running back, Newton

FYI: 5-11/195; 4 stars; No. 24-ranked running back

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Baylor, Houston, Arkansas

Analysis: Barlow made a name for himself during the 2017 season, leading Newton to a state championship with his legs. He rushed for 2,246 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior, adding 189 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. Barlow posted a 1,000-yard season as a sophomore. He made a trip to Texas for junior day and is hoping for an offer if the Longhorns miss on their top running back targets.

No. 51: Anfernee Orji, safety, Rockwall

FYI: 6-1/200; 4 stars; No. 27-ranked safety

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma

Analysis: Orji is a fast-moving, hard-hitting safety with the frame to play outside linebacker in college. As of now, he’s a top safety prospect with eight offers. The assumption with Orji is that he’ll join his older brother Alston at Vanderbilt. Alston, a former Fab 55 member in his own right, signed as a linebacker with the SEC program in the early signing period. Anfernee possesses more upside than his brother because of his speed and position versatility.


1.Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
2.Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Oklahoma
3.DeMarvin LealDLConverse Judson (6A)Texas A&M
4.Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
5.Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Uncommitted
6.Theo Wease Jr.WRAllen (6A)Oklahoma
7.Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Ohio State
8.NaNa Osafo-Mensah DEFort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)Notre Dame
9.Grant GunnellQBSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
10.Austin Stogner TEPrestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)Oklahoma
11.Jalen CurryWRSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
12.Marcus BanksCBDekaney (6A)Uncommitted
13.Marcus Stripling DEMayde Creek (6A)Uncommitted
14.Marquez BeasonATHBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Illinois
15.Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Uncommitted
16.Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Texas A&M
17.Marcel BrooksLBFlower Mound (6A)Uncommitted
18.Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Uncommitted
19.Jalen CatalonSMansfield (6A)Uncommitted
20.Nelson Ceaser DEFort Bend Ridge PointUncommitted
21.Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
22.Erick YoungCBFort Bend Bush (6A)Uncommitted
23.EJ Ndoma-OgarOTAllen (6A)Oklahoma
24.Demani Richardson SWaxahachie (6A)Texas A&M
25.Hunter SpearsDTSachse (6A)Notre Dame
26.Brannon BrownOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)TCU
27.Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
28.Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Uncommitted
29.Jonathan McGillSCoppell (6A)Uncommitted
30.Tamauzia BrownATHNewton (3A)Uncommitted
31.Javonne ShephardOTNorth Forest (4A)Uncommitted
32.Jaylen EllisWRRound Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)Baylor
33.Steven Parker DESouth Oak Cliff (5A)Texas Tech
34.Jamal MorrisSFort Bend Bush (6A)Oklahoma
35.Gilbert IbenemeDEPearland (6A)Uncommitted
36.Josh EllisonDTA&M Consolidated (5A)Texas A&M
37.David UgwoegbuDEKaty Seven Lakes (6A)Uncommitted
38.Jeffery CarterATHAledo (4A)Uncommitted
39.Elijah HigginsWRAustin Bowie (6A)Uncommitted
40.Braedon MowryDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
41.Branson BraggCCrandall (4A)Uncommitted
42.Titus SwenRBHaslet Eaton (5A) Uncommitted
43.David GbendaLBKaty Cinco Ranch (6A)Uncommitted
44.Trejan BridgesWRCarrollton Hebron (6A)Oklahoma
45.Deion HankinsRBEl Paso Parkland (5A)Uncommitted
46.T'Vondre SweatDEHuntsville (5A)Texas
47.Kori RobersonDEManvel (5A)Oklahoma
48.Bobby WolfeCBHouston Madison (6A)Uncommitted
49.Dylan WrightWRWest Mesquite (5A)Uncommitted
50.Velton GardnerATHDallas Skyline (6A)Uncommitted
51.Anfernee OrjiSRockwall (6A)Uncommitted
52.Darwin BarlowRBNewton (3A)Uncommitted
53.Jayden JerniganDTAllen (6A)Uncommitted
54.Trevor RobersonOTWellington (2A)Uncommitted
55.Carl WilliamsDTLufkin (5A)Uncommitted