The Dotted Line: Scouting Nos. 5-1 on the Next 25, including the best running back in Texas

Posted May 25th, 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, finishing with No. 5 down through 1, which includes the best running back the state has produced in a decade.


No. 1: Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 6-0/205; 5 stars; 34 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Texas, LSU, Texas A&M

College: Undecided

Scouting Evans: The best player in the state in 2020 is a running back, a throwback to a different time in Texas football. Evans is the best running back prospect to come out of the state since Adrian Peterson. He’s that dynamic and polished as a playmaker out of the backfield. He was the District 21-6A newcomer of the year and rushed for 1,483 yards and 27 touchdowns on only 184 carries. He also caught 12 passes for 270 yards. Evans split time in the backfield as a sophomore but that won’t be true in 2018, meaning the five-star running back is poised for monster numbers this fall.

No. 2: Demond Demas, wide receiver, Houston North Forest

FYI: 6-3/180; 4 stars; 48 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama

College: Undecided

Scouting Demas: Speed and size make Demas an intriguing prospect; he already has nearly 50 offers. He’ll remind a lot of onlookers of Texas signee Brennan Eagles because of the height and track speed. Demas showed off his athleticism at the 2018 UIL state track and field championships by winning the Class 4A long jump. He was the newcomer of the year in District 11-4A as a freshman and was its offensive MVP as a sophomore. Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M are the early leaders for Demas, who may follow teammate Javonne Shepherd, a member of the 2018 Fabulous 55, to college.

No. 3: Dwight McGlothern, cornerback, New Caney

FYI: 6-2/166; 4 stars; 14 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: LSU, Texas A&M, Texas

College: Undecided

Scouting McGlothern: A thin, wiry athlete who was named first-team all-district as a defensive back and a wide receiver as a sophomore, McGlothern could play cornerback, safety or receiver at the next level. He prefers cornerback and is considered one of two five-star prospects from Texas in 2020. His height and athleticism give him advantage at cornerback, as does his understanding of how to play wide receiver. He started on varsity as a freshman and is considered a top three cornerback prospect in the nation. Safety isn’t out of the question down the road.

No. 4: Chris Thompson Jr., safety, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/180; 4 stars; 12 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Texas, Alabama, Ohio State

College: Undecided

Scouting Thompson: Not many players pass the eyeball test quicker than Thompson. He’s a big, long safety with cornerback coverage skills and the physicality of a linebacker. That’s why he’s currently ranked as the No. 1 safety in the country by 247Sports. Texas is firmly in the mix for Thompson, as the Longhorns hope to make a true imprint in the DFW area in the 2020 class. He would represent a major victory considering his offer list. Thompson is at his best when he’s allowed the freedom to roam and make plays as a centerfielder on defense. He’s also excellent in man coverage.

No. 5: Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Houston Clear Creek

FYI: 6-6/306; 4 stars; 26 offers

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M

College: Undecided

Scouting Lindberg: The towering 6-6 prospect from Clear Creek near Houston is the top in-state offensive tackle prospect in 2020. Lindberg already holds offers from in-state powers Texas A&M and Texas, along with two dozen P5 offers from around the country. He’s an agile player for his size, allowing him to excel as a pass blocker and in space in the running game. Despite his height, Lindberg also does a great job of winning the leverage battle and moving on to the second-level in the running game. He was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore and will only improve as he develops.

Previous: Nos. 25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 |

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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