Huntsville junior defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat (99) burst through the Tomball Memorial offensive line and makes a beeline toward Wildcats starting quarterback Dru Baker. (Gene Schallenberg/Huntsville Item)


Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 50-46

Posted March 6th, 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.

No. 50: Velton Gardner, athlete, Dallas Skyline

Houston Madison cornerback and Texas A&M commit Bobby Wolfe at The Opening regional. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 5-9/170; 3 stars; No. 38-ranked athlete


Texas offer? No

Top offers: Texas Tech, Colorado, Kansas State

Analysis: Gardner is a fast, electric athlete who can make defenders miss in small spaces. He holds 11 offers, with Texas Tech and Colorado currently in the lead. Gardner can play all over the field. He’s a big-play running back and a dynamic slot receiver. He spends most of his time at Skyline playing running back, but he’ll need to move to slot to become an every-down player. Gardner also is instant help as a returner.

No. 49: Dylan Wright, wide receiver, West Mesquite

FYI: 6-3/192; 4 stars; No. 32-ranked wide receiver

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: TCU, Oklahoma, Alabama, USC

Analysis: Wright is a physical freak at receiver. He’s a big-bodied player with speed and that 6-3 frame helped him pick up nearly 40 offers. The West Mesquite product will likely move up after the spring evaluation period. He caught 32 passes for 545 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Programs are betting on his upside. Wright has great hands and an unteachable frame. He must improve his technique and refine his route-running ability.

No. 48: Bobby Wolfe, cornerback, Houston Madison

FYI: 6-3/190; 4 stars; No. 18-ranked cornerback

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Texas A&M, Baylor, Georgia, LSU

Analysis: Wolfe is a long, lean cornerback from the same school that produced Vince Young. He picked Texas A&M early in the process after a junior day. He isn’t considering Texas because of the big defensive backs class that Texas signed in 2018. LSU is still a player in the recruitment of Wolfe, who was recently a standout at The Opening regional in Houston. Wolfe has the height of a safety but showed the ability to stick with elite wide receivers in 1-on-1 situations. He’s a physical cornerback.

No. 47: Kori Roberson, defensive end, Manvel

FYI: 6-3/255; 3 stars;. No. 33-ranked strong side defensive end

Texas offer? No

Committed: Oklahoma

Analysis: Roberson didn’t see much of the field as a sophomore. That changed last fall when he became one of the top defensive forces for a program that reached a Class 5A state championship game. Roberson was a first-team all-district selection and made a name during Manvel’s playoff run. He finished the season with 47 tackles, including seven for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also knocked down seven passes. Manvel is usually a pipeline school for Texas A&M, but the big-bodied defensive end chose Oklahoma early in the process.

No. 46: T’Vondre Sweat, defensive end, Huntsville

FYI: 6-3/249; 4 stars; No. 50-ranked strong side defensive end

Texas offer? Yes

Committed: Texas

Analysis: The big defensive end from East Texas chose the Longhorns in February, becoming Texas’ second commitment of the 2019 class. Sweat is a large end who will play the 4i position currently manned by Charles Omenihu and Malcolm Roach. He’s athletic enough to get to the quarterback and big enough to take on double-teams against the run. Sweat is a year younger than most people in his grade, giving him even more room to grow at the college level.

Previous rankings: 55-51 |

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