Carrolton Hebron wide receiver Trejan Bridges chose Oklahoma early in the process. (Mike Craven)

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Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 45-41

Posted March 7th, 2018

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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. 45: Deion Hankins, running back, El Paso Parkland

FYI: 5-11/207; 3 stars; No. 34-ranked running back

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Texas offer? No

Top offers: Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, SMU

Analysis: Hankins is the best running back to come out of El Paso since former UTEP star Aaron Jones. He’s a prolific rusher with incredible prep stats. Hankins rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a junior and a sophomore. In his three-year varsity career, he’s rushed for 5,224 yards and 51 touchdowns. He’s added 399 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver. Hankins is a one-cut rusher with a great combination of size and athleticism.

No. 44: Trejan Bridges, wide receiver, Lewisville Hebron

FYI: 6-1/184; 4 stars; No. 27-ranked wide receiver

Texas offer? No

Committed: Oklahoma

Analysis: Bridges chose Oklahoma early in his junior season. The dynamic receiver is a two-time all-district selection. He’s caught at least 50 passes in each of the past two seasons. He recorded 843 yards and 13 touchdowns on 62 receptions as a junior. Bridges is a vertical threat and a player who makes defenders miss after the catch. He can play outside or in the slot. He’s a consistent pass catcher and runs solid routes.

No. 43: David Gbenda, inside linebacker, Katy Cinco Ranch

FYI: 6-0/212; 4 stars; No. 10-ranked inside linebacker

Texas offer? Yes

Top offers: TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor

Analysis: Gbenda moved into recruiting prominence with a strong performance at The Opening regional in Houston in late February. Offers from programs like Texas, Texas A&M and TCU followed. Gbenda recorded eight tackles for loss and two sacks as a junior. He’s a big-bodied inside linebacker who can run sideline-to-sideline and doesn’t look uncomfortable in coverage. His main strength is stopping the run inside the tackle box and taking on blocks.

No. 42: Titus Swen, running back, Haslet Eaton

FYI: 5-10/205; 4 stars; No. 17-ranked running back

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Arizona State, Kansas, SMU

Analysis: Swen is a bruising back who made his name as a sophomore when he was named 6-5A’s offensive newcomer of the year. That year, he rushed for 1,272 yards and 17 touchdowns, adding 449 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. He improved those numbers his junior year, finishing with 1,814 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns. Swen continued to show his ability to catch out of the backfield, recording 28 receptions for 464 yards and five touchdowns.

No. 41: Branson Bragg, center, Crandall

FYI: 6-4/295; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked center

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Stanford, Texas A&M

Analysis: Bragg is a bulldozer at center. It’s rare to find true center prospects at the prep level and Bragg is the best from Texas in a few cycles. He’s a strong, physical lineman with a cerebral presence. He’s a smart student, hence the Stanford offer. His size, athleticism, experience at the position and smarts make him college-ready. Bragg won’t struggle picking up the mental side of the college game and he’s plenty big enough to handle nose tackles.

Previous rankings: 55-51 | 50-46

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
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

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