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It’s never too early to look ahead in recruiting. The emphasis on the early signing period in December combined with the new ability to take official visits before a prospect’s senior year has forced colleges to speed up an already quick process. Nearly half of the initial 2019 Fabulous 55 is already committed and that number likely grows past 60 percent by the start of the 2018 season. This is the new reality, and it’s causing programs to make earlier evaluations on younger prospects.
The Next 25 ranks the top 2020 prospects in the state of Texas. Nearly a dozen of the members are already targets of the Longhorns and Tom Herman. Three prospects in the class have already committed. Below are the scouting reports for the members of the Next 25, continuing with No. 20 down through 16, which includes UT quarterback target Hudson Card.
No. 16: Hudson Card, quarterback, Lake Travis
FYI: 6-2/167; 4 stars; 21 offers
Texas offer: Yes
Top offers: Texas, Ohio State, Alabama
Scouting Card: The Lake Travis star is considered the top in-state quarterback in the 2020 class despite not playing a season as a full-time starter at quarterback. That will change in Card’s junior year when he takes over the reigns from Matthew Baldwin, who led Lake Travis to a state title game as a senior and signed with Ohio State. Card was a wide receiver and an all-around weapon for the Cavaliers. He caught 69 passes for 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding six passing and rushing touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback will add a new dimension to an always deadly Lake Travis offense.
No. 17: James Sylvester, defensive end, Newton
FYI: 6-4/215; 4 stars; 9 offers
Texas offer: No
Top offers: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama
Scouting Sylvester: Newton is the defending Class 3A Division II champion. It’s a small town in east Texas known for producing talent despite not having a big population. The 2019 class at Newton is led by Fabulous 55 members Tamauzia Brown and Darwin Barlow. Sylvester is a future member of the list because of his size and athleticism. He can play outside linebacker or defensive end, specializing in coming downhill at the quarterback. He runs sideline to sideline and is strong against the run at the point of attack. He’s likely to grow into a big defensive end who could potentially stand up and blitz as a linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
No. 18: Courtland Ford, offensive tackle, Cedar Hill
FYI: 6-6/305; 4 stars; 12 offers
Texas offer: No
Top offers: Alabama, Baylor, Georgia
Scouting Ford: Cedar Hill is no stranger to college talent. It’s one of the main prospect factories in the state and that will be true again in 2020. The best prospect in the class at Cedar Hill is the big, long offensive tackle. Ford is a monster who is still growing into his frame, an athletic big man who is well coached and groomed for a young prospect. He uses leverage well, has strong hands and is athletic enough to work to the second level. Ford is a solid pass blocker who is learning to become dominant in the run game.
No. 19: Troy Omeire, wide receiver, Fort Bend Austin
FYI: 6-3.5/205; 4 stars; 11 offers
Texas offer: Yes
Top offers: Texas A&M, Texas, Georgia
Scouting Omeire: The Fort Bend Austin product possesses a frame that colleges covet. He’s a big-bodied wide receiver with track speed. He’s still raw as a route-runner and is growing as a wide receiver. He’s a mismatch nightmare on the outside who can excel as a red zone target. It’s his upside that makes recruiting services drool. He was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore when he caught 39 balls for 742 yards and eight touchdowns. Omeire picked up an offer from Texas on April 17. Texas A&M is considered the favorite early and Ohio State extended an offer on May 16.
No. 20: Marvin Mims, wide receiver, Frisco Lone Star
FYI: 6-1/165/ 4 stars; 17 offers
Texas offer: No
Top offers: Ohio State, Nebraska, Texas A&M
Scouting Mims: The versatile wide receiver moved in from Frisco Legacy Christian before his sophomore season and immediately made an impact in Class 5A. Mims was named District 13-5A’s offensive newcomer of the year after recording 54 catches for 1,175 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s a big-play threat every time he touches the football. He’s a nightmare in the slot and can beat teams vertically from an outside receiver position. Mims does his best work after the catch and will improve with more technique as a route-runner. He picked up four new offers in May, including one from Ohio State on May 15.
Previous: Nos. 25-21 |
|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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