Earlier in the week, we took a closer look at the predicted destinations of the 10 best uncommitted prospects in Texas. The Longhorns’ recruiting momentum slowed to a crawl in April, but that doesn’t mean Tom Herman’s crew won’t sign another nationally recognized class with the likes of Zachary Evans, Chad Lindberg, Vernon Broughton and others still on the market. The next tier of Fab 55 members also offers the Longhorns with a chance to land potential in-state stars:
Alfred Collins, defensive end, Bastrop Cedar Creek
FYI: 6-5/247; 4 stars; No. 22 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Texas, Texas A&M
It’s seemingly a two-team race for the best pure pass rusher in the Austin area. Collins is a long, athletic defensive end who specializes in coming off the edge. His mother, Benita Pollard, played basketball at UT, but the Longhorns are not a lock to land Collins with Texas A&M clearly in the mix. Texas’ biggest hurdle is convincing Collins of the value of his role in an odd-man front. He can easily add 20 to 30 pounds once on a college campus.
Bryson Washington, safety, Houston C.E. King
FYI: 6-2/196; 4 stars; No. 24 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Oklahoma, Texas
This is another two-team race between rival schools. Washington announced he was down to Texas and Oklahoma. He plans to commit in late June after taking an official visit to Texas. Oklahoma leads and would be the choice if Washington pulls the trigger before that visit. If Texas can get him on campus, the Longhorns stand a chance. Washington is a big, strong safety who could play multiple spots in Texas’ secondary.
Prince Dorbah, outside linebacker, Highland Park
FYI: 6-2.5/208; 4 stars; No. 28 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Texas, LSU
Texas leads for Dorbah, a state champion and leader of the Highland Park defense. He might be the state’s best pure pass rusher. Dorbah is a long-time target of the Longhorns for the B-backer position currently manned by Joseph Ossai. He plays defensive end in high school but knows his fit is as an outside linebacker off the edge of a three-man front. LSU and Texas offer that defense, which is why Dorbah plans to choose between the two in late June or early July.
Princely Umanmielen, defensive end, Manor
FYI: 6-4/256; 4 stars; No. 31 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Texas A&M
Umanmielen plans to announce his top five schools soon. Texas is expected to be on the list and this one is likely another battle between Texas and Oklahoma. Like Collins, the main concern for Umanmielen is his future role in the odd-man front deployed by Texas. It’s not as fun taking on double teams as it is to play off the edge in a four-man front, though Umanmielen is big enough to grow into a defensive tackle once he’s in a college strength and conditioning program.
Damieon George, offensive tackle, Galena Park North Shore
FYI: 6-6.5/348; 3 stars; No. 33 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU
This one is unpredictable; George and five-star running back Zachary Evans claim to be a package deal to colleges. Texas is prioritizing both prospects from North Shore. The two are taking their time with the process and playing it close to the vest. George is high on UT offensive line coach Herb Hand. This is likely going to signing day with official visits and the 2019 season becoming important factors down the stretch.
Kelvontay Dixon, wide receiver, Carthage
FYI: 5-11/173; 4 stars; No. 48 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Texas, Arkansas
Dixon is the younger brother of Longhorns running back Keaontay Ingram. He’s a versatile weapon who projects to the slot receiver position or in a role as a third-down back. Texas also may see him as a potential H-back who can be used on jet sweeps and screens. He was his district’s offensive MVP as a junior after catching 84 passes for 1,288 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Quentin Johnston, wide receiver, Temple
FYI: 6-4/180; 4 stars; No. 52 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, TCU
Johnston is a physical freak who excels in football, basketball and track. That busy schedule kept him from taking many visits or doing much college research in the spring. The tall, fluid receiver hopes to make up for that in the summer. The Longhorns are right there after signing his former teammate, Jared Wiley, in 2019.
Loic Fouonji, wide receiver, Midland Lee
FYI: 6-4/186; 3 stars; No. 55 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Arkansas, Baylor, Texas
Texas offered Fouonji this week. He’s a similar prospect to Temple’s Johnston with both offering height, speed and jumping ability. It’s still too early to know how the Midland Lee receiver will receive his offer from the Longhorns with other schools in the mix for longer. He caught 51 passes for 903 yards and 13 touchdowns in an all-district junior season.