The Dotted Line: Our updated 2019 Fabulous 55 has a new No. 1 — Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson

Posted June 1st, 2018


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Texas took over the state in the 2018 recruiting class; Tom Herman signed the top five players on the final 2018 Fabulous 55 and seven of the state’s top 10 prospects. Twelve of the top 18 prospects in the state joined the Longhorns by national signing day as Texas broke the record for most Fab 55 members signed with 17.

Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson picked Ohio State over the Longhorns on April 29. (Statesman)

That trick won’t be repeated in the 2019 class.


One of the prospects who spurned the Longhorns for different pastures was Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who chose Ohio State over Texas on April 29. Wilson, who started out ranked No. 7 on our initial Fab 55 in February, is now the No. 1-ranked recruit in the state in our updated list heading into the summer.

The dynamic receiver recorded 98 catches for 1,773 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior.

“He’s an incredible football player and human,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said during spring practice. “He’s special. We all know it. He knows it, but he still shows up and puts in the work to win football games. There aren’t many like him.”

Wilson, like nine of the top 10 players on the updated Fab 55, are already committed. It’s a sign of the times. The new early signing period was a success and the 2019 cycle is the first to allow prospects to take official visits before the start of their senior years. Thirty-one of the 55 Fab 55 members are already committed.

“It’s chilled out a lot and it’s been a huge relief,” Wilson said. “I’m not asked about it all the time now at school and at camps, so it’s been nice to get back to normal. I just chose the place that was best for my future whether football works out or not.”

Texas A&M and Oklahoma lead the updated list with seven commitments each. The Texas A&M class is highlighted by Converse Judson defender DeMarvin Leal, the state’s No. 2 overall player and the top defensive lineman in the state, and Dallas Bishop Dunne safety Brian Williams, who remains the No. 4 player. A trio of Oklahoma commits — Austin Stogner, Trejan Bridges and Theo Wease Jr. — round out the top 10.

The Longhorns hold commitments from four players on the list, led by Cuero receiver Jordan Whittington, the No. 3 player on the list who was No. 1 on the initial Fab 55. Tyler Johnson, the top offensive lineman on the list at No. 5, is also a UT commitment. Dual-threat quarterback Roschon Johnson (26th) and defensive end T’Vondre Sweat (38th) are also represented. Temple tight end prospect Jared Wiley is the only current UT commit to not make the list. He plays quarterback in high school.

Humble Atascocita offensive lineman Kenyon Green (No. 6) is the only player in the top 10 uncommitted. He recently listed Texas A&M and Texas among his top five schools with the Aggies considered the favorite. NaNa Osafo-Mensah (No. 7) chose Notre Dame over Texas in May.

The Big 12 leads the way with 16 current commits. The SEC is next with nine followed by the Big Ten with two. Notre Dame holds commitments from Osafo-Mensah and Sachse defensive tackle Hunter Spears (39th). Baylor and TCU hold commitments from two players on the list, while defensive end Steven Parker (45th) is the only player currently pledged to Texas Tech.

There are 13 defensive linemen, 12 defensive backs and 11 wide receivers. The list is represented by 27 offensive players, 27 defensive players and one athlete. Only two linebackers made the list, while just three quarterbacks and tight ends are ranked. Seven offensive linemen are listed.

Six new prospects — Lewis Cine (24th), Baylor Cupp (34th), Myles Brooks (41st), Andrew Coker (53rd), Marques Caldwell (54th) and Thomas Gordon (55th) — were awarded a place on the list. Four locals — Wilson, Elijah Higgins (23rd), Jaylen Ellis (31st) and Myles Brooks (41st) — are on the list. Brooks, a safety from Hendrickson who’s committed to Baylor, is the only one of the four who wasn’t on the original Fab 55.

1. (7)Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Ohio State
2. (3)DeMarvin LealDLConverse Judson (6A)Texas A&M
3. (1)Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
4. (4)Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
5. (15)Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Texas
6. (5)Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Texas A&M
7, (8)NaNa Osafo-MensahDEFort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)Notre Dame
8. (10)Austin StognerTEPrestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)Oklahoma
9. (44)Trejan BridgesWRCarrolton Hebron (6A)Oklahoma
10. (6)Theo Wease Jr.WRAllen (6A)Oklahoma
11. (9)Grant GunnellQBSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Arizona
12. (12)Marcus BanksCBSpring Dekaney (6A)LSU
13. (38)Jeffery CarterCBAledo (5A)Texas A&M
14. (17)Marcel BrooksOLBFlower Mound (6A)LSU
15. (13)Marcus StriplingDEMayde Creek (6A)Uncommitted
16. (2)Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Oklahoma
17. (14)Marquez BeasonCBBishop Dunne (TAPPS) Illinois
18. (19)Jalen CatalonSMansfield Legacy (6A)Uncommitted
19. (24)Demani RichardsonSWaxahachie (6A)Texas A&M
20. (49)Dylan WrightWRWest Mesquite (5A)Texas A&M
21. (11)Jalen CurryWRSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
22. (22)Erick YoungCBFort Bend Bush (6A)Texas A&M
23. (39)Elijah HigginsWRAustin Bowie (6A)Uncommitted
24. (NR)Lewis CineSCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
25. (23)EJ Ndoma-OgarOGAllen (6A)Oklahoma
26. (21)Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
27. (31)Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest (4A)Texas
28. (48)Bobby WolfeCBHouston Madison (6A)Texas A&M
29. (41)Branson BraggCCrandall (4A)Stanford
30. (30)Tamauzia BrownWRNewton (3A)TCU
31. (32)Jaylen EllisWRRound Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)Baylor
32. (43)David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch (6A)Texas
33. (16)Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Texas A&M
34. (NR)Baylor CuppTEBrock (3A)Texas A&M
35. (18)Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Uncommitted
36. (20)Nelson CaesarDEFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Houston
37. (28)Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Texas A&M
38. (46)T'Vondre SweatDEHuntsville (5A)Texas
39. (25)Hunter SpearsDTSachse (6A)Notre Dame
40. (40)Braedon MowryDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
41. (NR)Myles Brooks SPflugerville Hendrickson (6A)Cal
42. (27)Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
43. (29)Jonathan McGillSCoppell (5A)Uncommitted
44. (36)Josh EllisonDTA&M Consolidated (5A)Texas A&M
45. (33)Steven ParkerDESouth Oak Cliff (5A)Texas Tech
46. (50)Velton GardnerATHDallas Skyline (6A)Kansas State
47. (34)Jamal MorrisSFort Bend Bush (6A)Oklahoma
48. (52)Darwin BarlowRBNewton (3A)TCU
49. (37)David UgwoebuDEKaty Seven Lakes (6A)Uncommitted
50. (26)Brannon BrownOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)TCU
51. (47)Kori RobersonDEManvel (5A)Oklahoma
52. (53)Gilbert IbenemeDEPearland (6A)Texas Tech
53. (NR)Andrew CokerOTKaty Taylor (6A)TCU
54. (NR)Marques CaldwellCBAlvin (6A)Texas
55. (NR)Thomas GordonTEStrake Jesuit (6A)Northwestern

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