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Manor, TX; Manor Mustangs defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen (8) guards for the run against the Pflugerville Panthers during the second quarter at the District 11-5A football game on Friday, Sept 27, 2019, at the Manor ISD Athletic Complex. [JOHN GUTIERREZ/FOR STATESMAN]

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The Dotted Line: Texas’ recruiting wish list with national signing day approaching

Posted January 27th, 2020

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With national signing day coming next week, Texas’ class ranks ninth in the nation and first in the Big 12 despite a low number of commitments. The Longhorns signed 17 prospects in the early signing period in December; eight of those enrolled early and are already on campus.

Texas hopes to close with a handful of pledges to add to the 2020 class.

On the wishlist:

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Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins is going to make Texas and Alabama wait until signing day to find out where  he’s going. (John Gutierrez/For Statesman)

Alfred Collins, defensive line, Bastrop Cedar Creek

FYI: 6-5/275; 4 stars; No. 64-ranked national player 

Biggest competition: Alabama

Odds: 90%

Collins was among dozens of targets on campus in mid-January when he joined top 2021 targets for a day of basketball and meetings with the new assistant coaches. The good news for Texas is that defensive line coach Oscar Giles was retained. Collins also likes the move to a four-man front under new defensive coordinator Chris Ash. The Longhorns remain the favorite despite a recent home visit by Alabama coach Nick Saban. Collins says he’ll announce his college decision on signing day. 

Kelvontay Dixon, wide receiver, Carthage 

FYI: 6-0/180; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked athlete 

Biggest competition: Houston 

Odds: 90%

Dixon has been a long-time target of the Longhorns. Dixon,  the younger brother of UT running back Keaontay Ingram, decided not to sign in December because Carthage was playing in a state championship game in the same week. His team responsibilities never allowed him to go on the road and take official visits during the season, but with a week to go, Texas remains the leader following a recent official visit. He’ll travel to Houston this weekend. 

Princely Umanmielen, defensive end, Manor 

FYI: 6-4/249; 4 stars; No. 244-ranked national player 

Biggest competition: Florida, Alabama 

Odds: 50%

Umanmielen was a UT commit through the first six games of the season. He backed off that pledge in October. One of the reasons was the odd-man front the Longhorns utilized under former defensive coordinator Todd Oralndo, who is now at USC. The hiring of Ash and the expected move back to a four-man front has brought Umanmielen back into the fold for the Longhorns. He was also on campus in January along with Collins and dozens of high-priority 2021 targets. 

Ennis Rakestraw, cornerback, Duncanville 

FYI: 6-0/170; 3 stars; No. 68-ranked cornerback 

Biggest competition: Alabama 

Odds: 25%

Rakestraw’s stock rose with a state title game run by Duncanville; the Dallas Morning News named him its defensive player of the year. The under-rated recruit is now a top priority for coaching staffs across the country. He took an official visit to Alabama over the weekend and will take one to Texas this upcoming weekend. Texas could use another cornerback in the class, but Alabama is trending for Rakestraw.

Savion Williams, wide receiver, Marshall 

FYI: 6-4/205; 3 stars; No. 92-ranked wide receiver 

Biggest competition: Arkansas, TCU

Odds: 40%

Texas waited until Jan. 21 to offer Williams, meaning the Longhorns have room to make up. The key is getting Williams on campus — and he’s scheduled for an official visit this weekend. Williams is a big-bodied receiver who took official visits to TCU and Arkansas this month. Williams played quarterback for Marshall as a senior. He caught 43 passes for 656 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.  

2020 Fabulous 55 - Winter edition

The updated 2020 55 following the 2019 season.
RANK (PREV.)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)TCU
2. (3)Jaylon JonesDBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
3. (5)Drew SandersOLBDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
4. (2)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
5. (4)Ja'Quinden JacksonQBDuncanville (6A)Texas
6. (20)Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
7. (11)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
8. (9)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Alabama
9. (7)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Texas
10. (18)Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
11. (10)Haynes KingQBLongview (5A)Texas A&M
12. (8)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
13. (17)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
14. (45)Jalin ConyersTEGruver (2A)Oklahoma
15. (12)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)TCU
16. (52)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)TCU
17. (19)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Texas
18. (26)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
19. (15)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Texas
20. (14)Alfred CollinsDTBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
21. (35)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
22. (40)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Oklahoma
23. (23)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Stanford
24. (34)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Texas
25. (6)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Georgia
26. (13)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
27. (25)Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Arkansas
28. (32)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Florida
29. (33)Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
30. (27)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
31. (NR)Jahdae BarronCBPflugerville Connally (5A)Texas
32. (41)Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
33. (22)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Florida
34. (30)Jake MajorsOCProsper (6A)Texas
35. (21)Alec BryantOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Virginia Tech
36. (NR)Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll (6A)Texas
37. (NR)Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Texas Tech
38. (44)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
39. (47)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Penn State
40. (46)Kevontre BradfordRBLancaster (6A)LSU
41. (48)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
42. (38)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Oklahoma
43. (31)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
44. (49)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Ohio State
45. (51)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
46. (50)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47. (24)Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Auburn
48. (16)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas
49. (55)Trent Pullen OGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
50. (36)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
51. (37)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)Baylor
52. (NR)Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage (4A)Texas
53. (53)Chandler MorrisQBHighland Park (5A)Auburn
54. (42)Brennan ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)UNLV
55. (43)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Kilgore College (JUCO)

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