Cuero 5-star wide receiver Jordan Whittington is the No. 1 player on the Fabulous 55. (Mike Craven)

Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 5-1

Posted March 15th, 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. 5: Kenyon Green, offensive tackle, Humble Atascocita

Kenyon Green is the state’s top offensive tackle prospect in 2019 and holds a Texas offer. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-4/317; 5 stars; No. 2-ranked offensive tackle

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Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Texas A&M, LSU

Analysis: It’s a good year for offensive tackles in the state of Texas and Green is the best of the bunch. The big, long tackle is a bulldozer in the run game and a polished pass blocker for a prep player. He can make an impact for any program as a freshman and the one-time LSU commit is currently down to Texas and Texas A&M. Green moves exceptionally well for a large man and is dominant in game and camp settings. His long-term future might be at left guard.

No. 4: Brian Williams, safety, Dallas Bishop Dunne

FYI: 6-0/185; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked safety

Texas offer? Yes

Committed: Texas A&M

Analysis: The best safety in the state picked Texas A&M and represented the first true recruiting victory for new Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher. Williams was wanted by nearly every program in the county and is a consensus 5-star talent. He’s a free safety who excels in space as a roaming center fielder in the middle of the defense. He’s used close to the line of scrimmage in high school and doesn’t lack the physicality needed to play safety in the SEC. He’s a similar player to Texas’ 2018 signee Caden Sterns.

No. 3: DeMarvin Leal, defensive tackle, Converse Judson

FYI: 6-4/280; 4 stars; No. 7-ranked defensive tackle

Texas offer? Yes

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

Analysis: Leal is the best defensive lineman in Texas and possesses the ability to play tackle in a traditional four-man defensive front of on the edge in an odd-man front like the one employed by Texas’ defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Leal is the top priority for the UT staff on the defensive side of the ball in the 2019 class and is the only in-state defensive tackle with a Texas offer. He’s predicted to commit to the Longhorns before the start of his senior season.

No. 2: Arjei Henderson, wide receiver, Fort Bend Travis

FYI: 6-1/183; 4 stars; No. 8-ranked wide receiver

Texas offer? Yes

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

Analysis: Henderson is down to a final three of Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Alabama. The safe money is on the Sooners, who are attempting to land a trio of Texas wide receivers in Henderson, Theo Wease Jr. and Trejan Bridges. Henderson was a first-team all-district selection as a junior and a sophomore. He’s recorded 181 catches for 2,569 yards and 32 touchdowns in that two-year span. He plans to take an official visit to each of his final schools in April before picking a school in the summer.

No. 1: Jordan Whittington, wide receiver, Cuero

FYI: 6-1/198; 5 stars; No. 4-ranked wide receiver

Texas offer? Yes

Committed: Texas  

Analysis: Texas is in position to land the top player in the state for the second consecutive season. The Longhorns landed Angleton 5-star safety BJ Foster in the 2018 class, who ended the cycle as the No. 1 player on the Fabulous 55. Whittington picked Texas on March 10 over Texas A&M, UCLA and Florida. The 5-star recruit excels on both sides of the ball for Cuero and would be considered one of the best safety prospects in the nation if he preferred the defensive side of the football. Whittington wants the ball in his hands as a slot receiver, running back and returner.

Previous rankings: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 35-31 | 30-26 | 25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6

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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