Spring Dekaney cornerback Marcus Banks at The Opening regional. (Mike Craven)


Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 15-11

Posted March 13th, 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. 15: Tyler Johnson, offensive tackle, Conroe Oak Ridge

Conroe Oak Ridge offensive tackle Tyler Johnson is a priority for Texas. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-5/308; 4 stars; No. 5-ranked offensive tackle


Texas offer? Yes

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

Analysis: Johnson possesses an NFL frame and the athleticism to become a dominant force and an anchor at left tackle. He’s surprisingly quick for a player his size and does a good job staying balanced against edge rushers. He possesses quick hands and good footwork for a prep prospect. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior after earning second-team honors his sophomore season. Texas is in great shape for Johnson after signing his teammate Joseph Ossai in the 2018 class.

No. 14: Marquez Beason, athlete, Dallas Bishop Dunne

FYI: 5-11/173; 4 stars; No. 6-ranked athlete

Texas offer? Yes

Committed: Illinois  

Analysis: Beason recently made a surprise commitment to Illinois; the Fighting Illini are building a solid pipeline at Bishop Dunne after signing 2018 Fabulous 55 member Calvin Avery. The familiarity with the staff must have played a factor. Beason fancies himself a two-way player despite spending most of his time at the prep level at wide receiver. He accounted for 15 touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards on offense as a junior.

No. 13: Marcus Stripling, defensive end, Mayde Creek

FYI: 6-3/265; 4 stars; No. 8-ranked strong side defensive end

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Oklahoma, Florida, Oklahoma

Analysis: Big pass rushers with the ability to disrupt the quarterback and handle double-teams in the run game are a rarity. Stripling fits the bill and his offer list reflects the importance college coaches place on the position. He’s the top-rated defensive end in the state for the 2019 cycle and emerged on the scene after recording 18 sacks and four forced fumbles as a sophomore. He put on a show at The Opening regional in Houston.

No. 12: Marcus Banks, cornerback, Spring Dekaney

FYI: 6-0/170; 4 stars; No. 32-ranked cornerback

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: LSU, Alabama

Analysis: Banks is the No. 1-rated cornerback on the Fab 55 because of his coverage ability. He’s the most consistent cover corner in the state and is a top priority for the Texas staff. LSU is also firmly in the mix because of Banks’ ties to the Louisiana area. Texas signed his teammate, tight end Malcolm Epps, in the 2018 class and his relationship with assistant coach Jason Washington goes back two seasons. Banks has earned an invitation to The Opening Final in Frisco this summer.

No. 11: Jalen Curry, wide receiver, Houston St. Pius

FYI: 6-3/195; 4 stars; No. 18-ranked wide receiver

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State

Analysis: Curry made headlines in October of his junior season when he set a state record with 26 receptions in a regular-season game. He played at Stafford as a sophomore, earning second-team all-district honors. Curry put up prolific numbers his junior season, catching 121 passes for 1,570 yards and 18 touchdowns. His quarterback is fellow Fab 55 member and former Texas A&M commit Grant Gunnell.

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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