The Dotted Line: Scouting Nos. 10-6 on the Next 25, including a trio of Texas targets

Posted May 24th, 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. 10 down through 6, which includes a trio of prospects with offers from Texas.

Sophomore defensive back Darius Snow has Texas among his top schools. (Mike Craven)

No. 6: Darius Snow, safety, Lewisville Hebron

FYI: 6-0/216; 4 stars; 18 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Texas, Michigan State, Alabama

College: Undecided

Scouting Snow: A hard-hitting safety who does his best work near the line of scrimmage, Snow views himself as a jumbo safety with the coverage skills necessary to remain at strong safety once he reaches college. His frame suggests a move to outside linebacker isn’t out of the question if he reaches 240 pounds before he graduates. Snow is a playmaker no matter where he lines up on the field and is considered one of the best 2020 defenders in the nation. He’s a competitive kid who brings physicality and toughness to the football field.

No. 7: Jase Mclellan, running back, Aledo

FYI: 5-10/196; 4 stars; 20 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, Texas, LSU

College: Committed to Oklahoma

Scouting Mclellan: The Oklahoma commit made his name as a freshman, leading Aledo toward another state title with 1,528 yards and 20 touchdowns. He and his program nearly repeated the feat in his sophomore season, reaching the Class 5A Division II state title game before losing to College Station. Mclellan rushed for 1,599 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore despite missing half of the regular season due to injury. He pulled the trigger to Oklahoma early in his recruitment, but the Longhorns aren’t out of the mix.

No. 8: Ja’Quinden Jackson, athlete, Duncanville

FYI: 6-0/183; 4 stars; 16 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma

College: Undecided

Scouting Jackson: No one is quite sure what position suits Jackson the best at the college level. That doesn’t stop coaches and scouts from understanding his potential at a myriad positions. He handles the quarterback duties for Duncanville but could potentially play wide receiver, running back or in the secondary at the next level. Quarterback isn’t out of the question if he finds the right system fit for his dual-threat style. Jackson is a well-rounded athlete with a high football IQ and a willingness to play anywhere on the field.

No. 9: Alec Bryant, defensive end, Pearland Shadow Creek

FYI: 6-2/228; 4 stars; 9 offers

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Oklahoma, Nebraska, Indiana

College: Undecided

Scouting Bryant: The playmaker from Pearland Shadow Creek enters his junior season as the best 2020 pass rushing prospect in Texas. Bryant is explosive off the football, wins leverage battles and understands how to use his hands to dislodge offensive linemen. Bryant is also stout against the run and is strong enough to take on double teams on the edge. He’s best when he’s allowed to attack the quarterback and is quick enough to play outside linebacker in certain schemes. It’s also possible that he grows into a 250-pound defensive end who can maintain his athleticism.

No. 10: Jaylon Jones, cornerback, Cibolo Steele

FYI: 6-2/185; 4 stars; 4 offers

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Houston

College: Undecided

Scouting Jones: Cibolo Steele keeps producing elite defensive backs and the next one up is Jones, a long, rangy cornerback with the size to play safety. He moves well and turns with fluidity for a cornerback his size. The 6-2 playmaker learned behind an impressive secondary group in 2017 that included Texas five-star signee Caden Sterns. Jones is ready to take on full-time duty as a junior and his offer list will grow with more varsity tape. Jones is a mature kid from a military family and spent time living in Japan before high school.

Previous: Nos. 25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11 |

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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