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The Dotted Line: So far, Texas, Texas A&M are losing recruiting battle to out-of-state programs in 2020

Posted April 22nd, 2019


If a recruiting cycle is a 12-round boxing match against the elite programs in the country, out-of-state programs are up on the scorecards as May approaches. The 2020 Fabulous 55 already contains 22 commits with only seven pledged to in-state programs. Four are committed to Texas A&M. Three to Texas. The rest are heading out of state unless something changes between now and signing day.

LSU is running the state with five pledges on the Fab 55, including top-16 talents Lorando Johnson, Alec Bryant and Courtland Ford. The Tigers picked up commitments from Houston Cypress Creek outside linebacker Josh White and offensive guard Akinola Ogunbiyi, who was once pledged to the Aggies.

Clemson and Ohio State possess one pledge each on the list, but it’s the SEC and Oklahoma doing the most damage. The Sooners hold commitments from four prospects, including five-star running back Jase McClellan and athlete Drew Sanders. Expect that number to grow over the next few weeks.

Vanderbilt gained a commitment from quarterback Ken Seals. That means the Commodores possess more pledges from the Fab 55 than all of the Texas schools combined outside of Texas and Texas A&M. It’s a trend that continues to set back the Big 12, specifically. Programs like Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU are further down the pecking order with the emergence of SEC programs in Texas since A&M jumped ship.

It’s not that SEC teams never recruited Texas before. It’s that it’s easier when each SEC West program is guaranteed a game inside the state every other season. That’s a huge advantage inside a player’s home when convincing mom that Louisiana or Alabama is a better option than Texas. Not to mention all of the kids displaced from Hurricane Katrina now growing up and choosing to return back to their roots.

Texas and Texas A&M will be fine on the recruiting trail. The Longhorns are coming off consecutive top-three recruiting classes. The Aggies are surging under the direction of head coach Jimbo Fisher, boosted by the aura of SEC football. It’s the other programs inside state that are taking a hit. TCU inked the third-best class in the Big 12 after Texas and Oklahoma in 2019 and it was ranked No. 33 in the country. The Horned Frogs were 25th in the 2018 cycle. The last time a different program than TCU was third behind Texas and OKlahoma was Texas Tech in 2015. The Red Raiders signed the 32nd-best class that year.

Right now, the scorecard reads 12 for the SEC and seven for the Big 12. It also reads 15 for out-of-state programs and just seven for the state of Texas. We like to call our high school football the best in the country. It’s obvious that the talent within the state doesn’t hold the same opinion of the programs inside the state unless it’s a school wearing burnt orange or maroon. It’s a trend TCU, Texas Tech and Baylor must stop in order to become relevant on a national scale.

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