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The Dotted Line: The updated Fabulous 55 is dominated by Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher

Posted August 9th, 2018


It’s Jimbo Fisher’s time to control the recruiting grounds inside the Lone Star State. Texas A&M holds 14 commitments on the updated 2019 Fabulous 55, one more than Oklahoma and Texas combined. This is Fisher’s first full class as head coach of the Aggies, and he’s receiving the bump usually afforded to programs selling hope. Texas rode the same formula in 2018, Tom Herman’s first full cycle at Texas, to the third-ranked recruiting class in the country and dominance of the 2018 Fab 55.

Kenyon Green is the state’s top offensive tackle prospect in 2019. (Mike Craven)

Fisher holds commitments from seven of the top 20 players in the state, and four of the top 12. The class is headlined by five-star offensive tackle Kenyon Green, an offensive tackle from Humble Atascocita who ranks No. 2 on the new Fab 55. DeMarvin Leal, a four-star defensive lineman from Converse Judson, ranks No. 3. The Aggies also hold commitments from the top-rated cornerback in Jeffery Carter (11) and safety in Brian Williams (12).

Texas’ class is anchored by two top-five talents. Cuero wide receiver Jordan Whittington missed the entire offseason with a groin injury. He’s missed the big camps and 7-on-7 tournaments in the spring and summer, lowering his profile heading into his senior season. He is No. 4 on the list. Tyler Johnson, a four-star offensive tackle from Conroe Oak Ridge, ranks No. 5. Texas commits Roschon Johnson (25), Javonne Shepherd (26), T’Vondre Sweat (36) and Marques Caldwell (50) also made the list.


Seven members of the Fabulous 55 are committed to Oklahoma. The Sooners hold pledges from three top 10 players in wide receivers Trejan Bridges and Theo Wease, as well as tight end Austin Stogner. The Sooners signed only four players from the 2018 Fab 55. That number should double this cycle. Sixteen prospects are committed to Big 12 programs. Thirteen of those are committed to either Texas or Oklahoma. Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas State each hold one commitment on the list. By comparison, 14 of the 18 players committed to the SEC are pledged to Texas A&M.

The only out-of-state programs not named Oklahoma to hold more than one commitment on the list are LSU and Notre Dame, each holding two. Ohio State, which feasted on the top players of the 2017 Fabulous 55, holds just one commitment on the list, but it is the top player in the state. Garrett Wilson, a five-star wide receiver from Ohio State, remains the No. 1 player in the state.

Only 11 players on the list remain uncommitted, led by defensive end Marcus Stripling (13) and Jalen Catalon (17).

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