The Dotted Line: Scouting Nos. 15-11 on the Next 25, including the son of a Texas A&M legend

Posted May 23rd, 2018


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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. 15 down through 11, which includes the son of a former Texas A&M legend and a trio of elite big men.


No. 11: RJ Mickens, cornerback, Southlake Carroll

FYI: 6-1/180; 4 stars; 26 offers

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Texas A&M, Alabama, Ohio State

College: Undecided

Scouting Mickens: The athletic apple didn’t fall far from the tree in the Mickens family. RJ was a second-team all-state selection as a sophomore and a first-team all-district selection as a freshman. His father, Ray, was a star at Texas A&M before playing in the NFL. RJ has the same potential as his father because of his combination of length, athleticism and football IQ. He’s a cerebral cornerback with confidence. He excels in man-to-man situations and also knows how to properly work zone coverage, which is a trait most young corners learn in college.

No. 12: Lorando Johnson, cornerback, Dallas Lancaster

FYI: 6-1/175; 4 stars; 9 offers

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Nebraska, Baylor, TCU

College: Undecided

Scouting Johnson: Built like the prototypical modern defensive back with length and speed, Johnson is a hot target in Texas. He already holds nine offers and that list will continue to grow during his junior season. Johnson possesses track speed and the ideal length to match up with bigger wide receivers on the outside. He flips his hips well in coverage and is physical at the line of scrimmage. He enjoys the pressure of 1-on-1 matchups on the outside and has the right mental approach to become a shutdown cornerback. He’s a fearless player with no shortage of confidence and ability.

No. 13: Drew Sanders, ATH, Colleyville Heritage

FYI: 6-5/220; 4 stars; 12 offers

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU

College: Oklahoma

Scouting Sanders: Sanders is simply a football player. He played sparingly on offense as a freshman at Lake Dallas, rushing for 438 yards and eight touchdowns, and throwing for 392 yards and two touchdowns in mop-up duty at quarterback. His role expanded on defense as a sophomore when he moved to Colleyville Heritage, earning first-team all-district honors after registering 44 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. Sanders is expected to play quarterback as a junior. He’s committed to Oklahoma as an athlete. Most expect him to find a home at tight end in college.

No. 14: Logan Parr, offensive linemen, San Antonio O’Connor

FYI: 6-3.5/268; 4 stars; 7 offers

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Texas Tech, Houston, Colorado

College: Undecided

Scouting Parr: Parr is a standout right tackle at the prep level. His lack of length will force a move inside; Parr has the footwork to handle playing guard or center. He’s a technician and a mauler, athletic for a man his size and able to pull and help in the running game. Expect Parr’s offer list to grow as he enters his junior season. He still needs to add strength at the point of attack, but has the frame to add 30 pounds and stay mobile. It’s a cycle full of interior linemen prospects in Texas and Parr might be the most refined of the bunch.

No. 15: Branard Wright, defensive tackle, Dallas Carter

FYI: 6-4/285; 4 stars; 23 offers

Texas offer: No

Top offers: LSU, Alabama, Clemson

College: Undecided

Scouting Wright: The best defensive tackle in the 2020 class is located at Dallas Carter. Wright is a three-technique tackle who excels at creating havoc in the backfield. He’s incredibly athletic for a prospect his size and possesses the frame to become a 300-plus pounder by the time his college career begins. He was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore. He’s collected offers from Power 5 programs in every conference since spring practice began. It’s hard to find big men who can move, so Wright is a coveted prospect in the 2020 class.

Previous: Nos. 25-21 | 20-16 |

1. Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Undecided
2. Demond DemasWRHouston North Forest (6A)Texas A&M
3. Dwight McGlothernCBNew Caney (5A)Undecided
4.Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Undecided
5.Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Undecided
6. Darius SnowSHebron (6A)Undecided
7. Jase Mclellan RBAledo (4A)Oklahoma
8. Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Undecided
9.Alec BryantDEPearland Shadow Creek (6A)Undecided
10. Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Undecided
11. RJ MickensCBSouthlake Carroll (6A)Undecided
12. Lorando Johnson CBLancaster (6A)Undecided
13.Drew SandersATHColleyville Heritage (5A)Oklahoma
14.Logan ParrOLSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Undecided
15.Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Undecided
16.Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
17. James SylvesterDENewton (3A)Undecided
18.Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)Undecided
19. Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Undecided
20. Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Undecided
21.Prince DorbahDEHighland Park (5A)Undecided
22.EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Undecided
23.Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Undecided
24.Trent PullenOLWaco Connally (4A)Undecided
25. Jordan JeffersonOLNavasota (4A)Texas A&M

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