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


The Dotted Line: Five in-state defensive targets Texas wants in the 2020 recruiting class

Posted June 11th, 2018


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The next batch of targets

The top 11 players on the 2019 Fabulous 55 are committed. More than 30 of the 55 members have picked a school. This is the new age. Equipped with more camps than ever, an early signing period and the ability to take official visits as juniors, the 2019 cycle is turning into a sprint more than a marathon, despite six months remaining before a prospect can sign a national letter of intent.

Duncanville athlete Ja’Quinden Jackson already holds a Texas offer. (Mike Craven)

This makes recruiting the next batch of targets a priority more than in the past.


Texas is notoriously slow to offer and accept commitments compared to its rivals, but the Longhorns took a commitment from 2020 dual-threat quarterback Hudson Card of Lake Travis.

That could open the floodgates for more commitments from that cycle.

Here are five in-state defensive targets already holding an offer from Tom Herman and the Longhorns.  

Chris Thompson Jr., safety, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/180; 4 stars; No. 4 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 13 offers

Texas wants to reassert itself as the defensive back power on the recruiting trail inside the state of Texas once the 2020 class takes full focus. Loading up on elite safeties and cornerbacks proved to be a deterrent for some of the top in-state prospect in the 2019 class. A year removed, Texas should be able to gain its footing and Thompson is the crown jewel. The Longhorns need to build success recruiting in DFW and the big safety with cornerback coverage skills is the top defensive back on the board.

Darius Snow, safety, Lewisville Hebron

FYI: 6-0/216; 4 stars; No. 6 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 18

Snow is a big-bodied safety with a chance to grow into an outside linebacker. He wants to remain at safety and be an enforcer in the secondary who can cover tight ends and running backs. He’s yet to start his junior season and is already approaching 220 pounds. Like DeMarvion Overshown in 2018, Snow doesn’t need to know his future position right now. He’s a football player and colleges recruit him knowing that a position on defense will materialize for the playmaker.

Ja’Quinden Jackson, athlete, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/200; 4 stars; No. 8 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 16

Jackson is another player without a concrete position set in college. He was the District 7-6A offensive MVP as a sophomore, starring for Duncanville as a quarterback. He’s a dual-threat playmaker at the offensive level, but not many scouts view him as a future quarterback. A move to safety could be in the cards. Wide receiver is also a possibility. Jackson is incredibly athletic and possesses a high football IQ. He should translate easily to the defensive secondary.

Dwight McGlothern, cornerback, New Caney

FYI: 6-2/166; 5 stars; No. 3 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 14

McGlothern is the best cornerback in the state for the 2020 class. He’s a long, wiry defender with speed and the potential to also play free safety. McGlothern is considered one of just two five-star talents in Texas for 2020, along with Texas running back target Zach Evans. LSU and Texas A&M are also strongly in the mix. McGlothern was a first-team selection as a wide receiver and a safety as a sophomore. He’s recorded eight interceptions in his two-year varsity career.

Prince Dorbah, defensive end, Highland Park

FYI: 6-4/210; N/A; No. 21 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 7

Dorbah is shockingly underrated by recruiting services. He’s yet to be assigned a ranking, but that will change as more scouts get their eyes on the long, athletic defensive end from Highland Park. He has championship pedigree, an elite first step and the ideal frame for a modern-day rush defensive end or standup outside linebacker in an odd-man front. He doesn’t have a huge offer list, but his offers are from schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

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