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The Dotted Line: Which programs are recruiting better than Texas in 2020?

Posted October 11th, 2019


Tom Herman and his Longhorns must prove capable of winning conference championships and competing in the College Football Playoffs before Texas gets back in the national discussion alongside Alabama and Clemson. One place Herman already has proven he can hang with those programs is on the recruiting trail. Texas signed back-to-back No. 3-ranked classes in 2018 and 2019, and the 2020 class ranks fifth in the country and first in the Big 12. 

So, which teams are recruiting better than Texas? Let’s take a closer look at the country’s best 2020 classes.


Clemson  head coach Dabo Swinney, fresh off winning the national championship over Alabama, currently has the country’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class for 2020. The No. 2 class? Alabama’s. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


No. of commitments: 20

Top pledges: DT Bryan Breese, DE Myles Murphy, QB D.J. Uiagalelei

Six of Clemson’s 20 commitments are five-star prospects. The Tigers own pledges from one of the top two-ranked prospects at defensive tackle, defensive end, quarterback, running back and cornerback. It’s a dominant class that doesn’t require a large number of commits to take home the 2020 crown because of the amount of elite five-stars. Thirteen commitments are considered top-200 talents. Southlake Carroll safety RJ Mickens is the lone Texan pledged to Clemson.


No. of commitments: 22

Top pledges: DE Chris Braswell, ATH Drew Sanders, QB Bryce Young

Another year, another great class for Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide hold pledges from the nation’s top pass rusher in Braswell and dual-threat quarterback in Young, who was one of three 2020 quarterbacks to hold an offer from Texas. Sanders is a potential outside linebacker from Denton Ryan. Alabama also holds a commitment from Galena Park North Shore offensive tackle Damieon George, which could help land five-star running back Zachary Evans. 

Ohio State

No. of commitments: 23

Top pledges: WR Julian Flemin, OT Paris Johnson Jr., CB Clark Phillips III

The 2020 class is a nice bounce-back performance on the recruiting trail for Ohio State after finishing 14th in 2019 as the program transitioned from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day. This class is headlined by four elite wide receivers, including Rockwall’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba and former UT pledge Mookie Cooper. The most impressive part of the class is that 14 different states are represented among the 23 commitments. 


No. of commitments: 22 

Top pledges: CB Elias Ricks, WR Rakim Jarrett, WR Jermaine Burton

The evolution of LSU’s offense is represented in the latest class — three of the top five-rated recruits are receivers. Ricks and Jarrett are five-star prospects. A trio of defenders from the Lone Star State are key parts of the class, too. Inside linebacker Josh White is a prospect that Texas still hopes to sway back home. Dallas Lancaster cornerback Lorando Johnson and defensive end Alec Bryant are members of the 2020 Fabulous 55. 

1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2. (3)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
3. (5)Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
4. (2)Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Texas
5. (6)Drew SandersOLBDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
6. (4)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Georgia
7. (8)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Texas
8. (15)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
9. (7)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Oklahoma
10. (18)Haynes KingQBLongview (5A)Texas A&M
11. (10)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
12. (39)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)Texas
13. (11)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-GrovesTexas
14. (13)Alfred CollinsDEBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
15. (31)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Texas
16. (9)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas
17. (25)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
18. (14)Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
19. (19)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Texas
20. (29)Jaxon Smith-NjibaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
21. (21)Alec BryantDEAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Uncommitted
22. (28)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Uncommitted
23. (20)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Uncommitted
24. (12)Chris Thompson Jr. SDuncanville (6A)Auburn
25. (16)Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
26. (23)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
27. (24)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
28. (22)Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)Uncommitted
29. (17)Dwight McGlothernCBKlein Oak (6A)Uncommitted
30. (27)Jake MajorsCProsper (6A)Texas
31. (26)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
32. (32)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Florida
33. (34)Collin Sullivan WRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
34. (45)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Texas
35. (40)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
36. (37)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
37. (35)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)Baylor
38. (30)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Oklahoma
39. (33)Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Uncommitted
40. (36)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Oklahoma
41. (47)Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
42. (38)Brennan ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Kansas
43. (44)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Arkansas
44. (49)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
45. (NR)Jalin ConyersTEGruver (2A)Oklahoma
46. (NR)Kevontre BradfordRBLancaster (6A)Uncommitted
47. (48)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Penn State
48. (51)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
49. (50)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Oklahoma
50. (43)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
51. (54)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
52. (46)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)TCU
53. (NR)Chandler MorrisQBHighland Park (5A)Uncommitted
54. (42)Ken SealsQBWeatherford (6A)Vanderbilt
55. (55)Trent PullenOGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State