Austin Bowie wide receiver Elijah Higgins remains a top priority for the Texas staff. (Austin American-Statesman)


Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 40-36

Posted March 8th, 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. 40: Braedon Mowry, defensive end, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4/235; 4 stars; No. 17-ranked weak side defensive end


Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Michigan

Analysis: Mowry is a big-bodied defensive end who lives in the backfield. He’s an outstanding run-stopper and athletic enough to become a top-end pass rusher with refined technique. Mowry plays end in an odd-man front in high school, which is the defensive scheme used by Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Mowry is used to handling double-teams to free up linebackers, but he’s also a playmaker when he gets near the ball.

No. 39: Elijah Higgins, wide receiver, Austin Bowie

FYI: 6-3/215; 4 stars; No. 44-ranked wide receiver

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State

Analysis: Higgins is wanted by nearly every program in the country because of his frame. He’s a big wide receiver who can get vertical on defenses. He’s caught 66 balls for 1,053 yards and 15 touchdowns in his two-year varsity career. He was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore and a junior. Higgins is a true wide receiver, but he’s also big enough to play flex tight end and H-Back, especially if he isn’t done growing.

No. 38: Jeffery Carter, athlete, Aledo

FYI: 6-0/180; 4 stars; No. 20-ranked cornerback

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Texas A&M, Oklahoma

Analysis: Carter is a two-way starter at one of the premier high schools in the state. He excels at cornerback and wide receiver and could play either in college. He already holds nearly 20 offers, including the biggest programs in the nation. The one-time Oklahoma commit is now predicted to choose the Sooners. Carter’s highest upside is at cornerback because his height will turn from a negative to a positive.

No. 37: David Ugwoegbu, defensive end, Katy Seven Lakes

FYI: 6-5/215; 3 stars; No. 25-ranked weak side defensive end

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Alabama, Oklahoma

Analysis: Ugwoegbu is a dual-threat big man who was an all-district selection at tight end and defensive end. He’s raw and needs to work on his technique, but that will come when he can finally settle on a position. Defensive end is likely the position he adopts the college level if he can add good weight to his 6-5 frame. His time playing tight end will help him on defense because of his footwork. All of the top schools are betting on his potential.

No. 36: Josh Ellison, defensive tackle, A&M Consolidated

FYI: 6-3/300; 3 stars; No. 24-ranked defensive tackle

Texas offer? No

Committed: Texas A&M

Analysis: Ellison picked up offers from programs like Tennessee and Oregon before committing to Texas A&M on Feb. 14. He was the district newcomer of the year in 18-5A as a sophomore when he compiled 54 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and six sacks. As a junior, he racked up 97 tackles and four sacks to earn all-district honors. Ellison is a big tackle who can handle double-teams and free up linebackers to go make plays.

Previous rankings: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41

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