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The Next 25: Looking ahead to 2020
Recruiting reached warp speed when the new early signing period began to allow early official visits by the 2019 recruiting class. The process is still a marathon more than a sprint. Nothing is binding until a player signs a national letter of intent. Still, it’s clear that programs are speeding up the process and preparing for a recruiting world that ends in December rather than February. Twenty-three of the 2019 Fabulous 55 members are already committed.
That means a larger focus is placed on the younger classes even earlier than before. Texas, and programs all around the country, are working just as hard at building relationships and establishing possible targets in the 2020 class as it is working to complete the 2019 class. Texas holds only six commitments, but the targets on offense and defense are clear.
The 2020 class, though, is still working itself out. Texas has extended 26 offers to sophomores. Only 11 of those 26 are in-state targets. That number is sure to grow once spring practice ends and the Longhorns can host prospects on campus for camps. Tom Herman is notoriously slow to extend an offer because he wants it to mean something.
For reference, Oklahoma has offered 58 prospects in the 2020 class, while SEC schools like Texas A&M (73) and Alabama (99) have offered many more. Only three of the members on our 2020 Next 25 are committed — two to Oklahoma, Aledo running back Jase Mclelland (No. 7) and Colleyville Heritage athlete Drew Sanders (No. 13), and one to A&M (No. 25 Jordan Jefferson, of Navasota).
The top player in the class right now is a running back. Zachary Evans, a five-star prospect from Galena Park North Shore, could rank as the top running back prospect in the country by the time the 2020 class takes center stage. The 5-11, 200-pound back already holds 33 offers. Dwight McGlothern, a cornerback from New Caney who ranks No. 3 on the list, is the only other five-star player in Texas, per the 247Sports composite.
“The stars and rankings help for publicity, and I do think I’m the best running back in the country, but it all comes down to football,” Evans said. “I’m still young and have a ton to improve on before college. I’m honored to be considered one of the best, but it also means I need to prove it each time out.”
Evans is a high-priority target for the Longhorns, especially with Mclellan having already committed to Oklahoma. The top five players on the Next 25 are rounded out by Houston North Forest wide receiver Demond Demas (No. 2), Duncanville safety Chris Thompson Jr. (No. 4) and Houston Clear Creek offensive tackle Chad Lindberg (No. 5). All five hold offers from Texas. Thompson is the only DFW-area product in the top five.
Thirteen offensive players, 10 defenders and two athletes make up our Next 25. Offensive line leads the way with five representatives. Four wide receivers and cornerbacks made the list. Only one quarterback, Lake Travis’ Hudson Card, is listed, but Sanders and Duncanville’s Ja’Quinden Jackson (8) do play quarterback in high school; Sanders is expected to play tight end at Oklahoma and Jackson is projected to move to wide receiver or the secondary.
Card and Round Rock wide receiver Collin Sullivan are the two Austin-area prospects on the list. Offensive lineman Logan Parr (San Antonio O’Connor) and Jaylon Jones, a cornerback from Cibolo Steele, are the only San Antonio players. East Texas is represented by Jefferson, a product of Navasota, and Newton defensive end James Sylvester.
Not a single true tight end or linebacker made the list.
|1.||Zachary Evans||RB||Galena Park North Shore (6A)||Undecided|
|2.||Demond Demas||WR||Houston North Forest (6A)||Texas A&M|
|3.||Dwight McGlothern||CB||New Caney (5A)||Undecided|
|4.||Chris Thompson Jr.||S||Duncanville (6A)||Undecided|
|5.||Chad Lindberg||OT||Clear Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|6.||Darius Snow||S||Hebron (6A)||Undecided|
|7.||Jase Mclellan||RB||Aledo (4A)||Oklahoma|
|8.||Ja'Quinden Jackson||ATH||Duncanville (6A)||Undecided|
|9.||Alec Bryant||DE||Pearland Shadow Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|10.||Jaylon Jones||CB||Cibolo Steele (6A)||Undecided|
|11.||RJ Mickens||CB||Southlake Carroll (6A)||Undecided|
|12.||Lorando Johnson||CB||Lancaster (6A)||Undecided|
|13.||Drew Sanders||ATH||Colleyville Heritage (5A)||Oklahoma|
|14.||Logan Parr||OL||San Antonio O'Connor (6A)||Undecided|
|15.||Branard Wright||DT||Dallas Carter (4A)||Undecided|
|16.||Hudson Card||QB||Lake Travis (6A)||Texas|
|17.||James Sylvester||DE||Newton (3A)||Undecided|
|18.||Courtland Ford||OT||Cedar Hill (6A)||Undecided|
|19.||Troy Omeire||WR||Fort Bend Austin (6A)||Undecided|
|20.||Marvin Mims||WR||Frisco Lone Star (5A)||Undecided|
|21.||Prince Dorbah||DE||Highland Park (5A)||Undecided|
|22.||EJ Smith||RB||Dallas Jesuit (6A)||Undecided|
|23.||Collin Sullivan||WR||Round Rock (6A)||Undecided|
|24.||Trent Pullen||OL||Waco Connally (4A)||Undecided|
|25.||Jordan Jefferson||OL||Navasota (4A)||Texas A&M|
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