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Cy Ridge defensive lineman Vernon Broughton is a top target for Texas in the 2020 cycle. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Ten in-state recruiting battles Texas needs to win in 2020

Posted March 1st, 2019


Texas is off to a fast start in the 2020 class. The Longhorns hold five commitments, with four hailing from the Lone Star State. Tom Herman’s program needs to win the state to land another top-three national class for the third consecutive year. Texas relied heavily on out-of-state targets in the 2019 cycle. Here are 10 in-state prospects Texas needs to land in 2020:

Texas is among the schools recruiting five-star running back Zachary Evans. (Mike Craven)

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 6-0/213; 5 stars; No. 1 on the Fab 55


Top competition: Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, LSU

The state’s top prospect is the big fish in the 2020 class for Texas, especially since the Longhorns missed on top targets like Noah Cain and Trey Sanders in 2019. Evans is considered the best running back in the nation with elite size and track speed. He’s a rare talent with offers from nearly every program in the country.

Ja’Quinden Jackson, athlete, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/200; 4 stars; No. 2 on the Fab 55

Top competition: LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Jackson is the quarterback at Duncanville, but it’s unclear what position he’ll play at the college level. He could be a dual-threat quarterback who relies on the power running game. He can play wide receiver like he does for 7-on-7 teams. He can play linebacker because of his frame and athleticism. Texas wants to splash in the DFW area in this cycle and Jackson is the top prospect in the city.

Troy Omeire, wide receiver, Fort Bend Austin

FYI: 6-3.5/217; 4 stars; No. 5 on the Fab 55

Top competition: Texas A&M

Herman thrives in Houston on the recruiting trail. Omeire is an elite wide receiver who can play outside. He’s a freak athlete who’s still figuring out how to play the position. The raw athleticism, speed and tall frame make him a potential star. With Demond Demas committed to Texas A&M, Omeire is an important prospect for Texas to land.

Vernon Broughton, defensive tackle, Houston Cypress Ridge

FYI: 6-5/280; 4 stars; No. 6 on the Fab 55

Top competition: Alabama, Texas A&M

Texas missed on the best defensive lineman in the state in 2019 when Texas A&M landed DeMarvin Leal from Converse Judson. Broughton is a Leal clone. He’s big enough to play tackle and athletic enough to play on the edge in an odd-man front like Texas deploys. Broughton is high on the Longhorns early and a perfect scheme fit.

Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Houston Clear Creek

FYI: 6-6/306; 4 stars; No. 7 on the Fab 55

Top competition: Stanford

Lindberg is the best offensive lineman in Texas and good friends with current UT offensive line commits Logan Parr, Jake Majors and Jaylen Garth. Lindberg is another piece of the offensive line puzzle in the 2020 class. He’s big, long and mean. Lindberg can play either tackle position and is a potential All-American level talent.

Alfred Collins, defensive end, Bastrop Cedar Creek

FYI: 6-5/245; 4 stars; No. 22 on the Fab 55

Top competition: Texas A&M

Collins is a long, quick defensive end with family ties to Texas as his mom, Benita Pollard, played for the UT basketball team. He’s Texas’ to lose considering his location and family background, but it isn’t a slam dunk with Texas A&M making a strong push. Collins is among the best pass rushers in Texas.

Xavion Alford, safety, Alvin Shadow Creek

FYI: 6-0/174; 4 stars; No. 36 on the Fab 55

Top competition: Texas A&M

Alford can play every position in the secondary and that makes him a valuable recruit. It could wind up an in-state battle between Texas and Texas A&M. Alford plays deep safety in high school and helped Shadow Creek reach a title game in its first season as a varsity program. He went to Texas twice in February with his Fast 7v7 team.

Bryson Washington, safety, Houston C.E. King

FYI: 6-2/196; 4 stars; No. 24 on the Fab 55

Top competition: Texas A&M, LSU

Washington is a long-time target of the Longhorns and a potential star at safety because of his raw speed and size. He’s a fellow Houstonian and lives close to targets from Galena Park North Shore. He’s a rangy safety who can play deep and roam like an outfielder, or he can play Joker as an undersized linebacker like B.J. Foster did as a freshman.

Damien George, offensive tackle, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 6-6/320; 4 stars; No. 33 on the Fab 55

Top competition: Alabama, Oklahoma

George is important for two reasons. He’s one of the top offensive line targets in the state and he’s teammates with the best player in the state. George isn’t a finished product and still needs to reshape his body and become more sound technically, but he checks all the boxes in terms of potential much like Javonne Shepherd in the 2019 class.

Joshua Eaton, cornerback, Aldine MacArthur

FYI: 6-2/175; 3 stars

Top competition: Texas A&M, LSU

Eaton is among a few cornerbacks who could be placed in this spot alongside prospects like Jalen Kimber, Ryan Watts and Jahari Rogers. Eaton exploded onto the national recruiting scene with nearly a dozen national offers received in the past 30 days. He’s a long, rangy cornerback, which fits what Texas has recruited at the position in the past two cycles.

1. Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2.Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
3.Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
4.Dwight McGlothernCBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
5.Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Uncommitted
6.Vernon BroughtonDECy Ridge (6A)Uncommitted
7.Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Uncommitted
8. Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Oklahoma
9. Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)North Carolina
10.RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
11. Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (5A)LSU
12.Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
13.Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
14.Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
15.Alec BryantDEAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)LSU
16.Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)LSU
17.Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
18. EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Uncommitted
19.Drew SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
20.Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Uncommitted
21.Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
22.Alfred CollinsDEBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
23.Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Uncommitted
24.Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Uncommitted
25.James SylvesterDENewton (2A)TCU
26,Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
27.Jake MajorsOGProsper (6A)Texas
28.Prince DorbahDEHighland Park (5A)Uncommitted
29.Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Uncommitted
30. Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Uncommitted
31.Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Uncommitted
32.Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
33.Damien GeorgeOTGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
34.DJ GrahamWRKeller Central (6A)Oklahoma
35.Smart ChibuzoOTFort Bend Hightower (5A)Texas A&M
36.Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Uncommitted
37.Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)LSU
38.DJ WarnellCBDickinson (6A)Uncommitted
39.Korie BlackCBWaco Connally (4A)Uncommitted
40.Devon Achane WRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
41. Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (5A)Uncommitted
42.Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
43.Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
44.Jordan JeffersonOGNavasota (4A)Texas A&M
45.Brennon ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Uncommitted
46.Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47.Trent PullenOGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
48.Kelvontay DixonATHCarthage (4A)Uncommitted
49.Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Uncommitted
50.Brendon LewisQBMelissa (4A)Uncommitted
51.Haynes KingQBLongview (6A)Uncommitted
52.Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)Uncommitted
53.Josh BankheadOGThe Woodlands (6A)Texas A&M
54.Ken SealsQBWeatherford (6A)Vanderbilt
55.Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Uncommitted