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It seems like all the recruiting focus right now is on national signing day next week, but schools across the country already are working hard on prospects for the 2021 class. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman file)


The Dotted Line: Who is the top football prospect in Texas for the 2021 class?

Posted January 28th, 2020


The final chapter of the 2020 recruiting class will be written on national signing day next Wednesday. Focus will then quickly switch to 2021.

The state of Texas is loaded with football talent for the 2021 class, headlined by multiple offensive and defensive linemen. The Longhorns already hold seven commitments for the cycle, including a potential top-five player in the state in Denton Ryan’s Ja’Tavion Sanders.

Our initial 2021 Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits will be published Feb. 6, the day after signing day. One of these five players will hold that No. 1 spot:

Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal tackle Tommy Brockermeyer is a five-star prospect and the son of former Longhorns standout Blake Brockermeyer. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Tommy Brockermeyer, offensive tackle, Fort Worth All Saints 

FYI: 6-6/283; 5 stars; No. 3-ranked overall recruit

No. of offers: 24

Top schools: Texas, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia

No player in Texas possesses a higher upside than Brockermeyer, the son of former Texas standout Brock Brockermeyer. The five-star tackle is long, athletic and technical. He’s well-groomed as a prospect since his father, and his twin brother James (a four-star center prospect), share a love for blocking. Brockermeyer missed his junior season with a shoulder injury. The Longhorns need to land both brothers to consider 2021 a successful cycle.

Katy Taylor guard Bryce Foster at The Opening regional in Houston. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Bryce Foster, guard, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4/318; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked guard

No. of offers: 23

Top schools: Texas A&M, Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma

Foster calls himself “The Mountain,” a reference to a “Game of Thrones” character, and he looks the part with his burly build. The four-star is the best pure interior prospect in the state, trailing only Donovan Jackson, in the national rankings at guard. Foster is a bully at the point of attack and the most powerful linemen in Texas. He’s a teammate of 2021 UT offensive line commit Hayden Conner; they helped Katy Taylor win the Region III championship in Class 6A Division II as juniors.

Four-star offensive tackle Donovan Jackson is a Texas target for the 2021 cycle. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Donovan Jackson, offensive line, Houston Bellaire Episcopal

FYI: 6-4/308; 4 stars; No. 1-ranked guard

No. of offers: 33

Top schools: Committed to Ohio State

Jackson’s family is from Columbus, which gives Ohio State an advantage. He could be the state’s No 1 prospect out of the past five years to sign with the Buckeyes, after Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning in 2017 and Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson in 2020. Donovan won the offensive line MVP award at The Opening Final as a junior despite being surrounded by the best senior prospects in the country. He plays tackle in high school, but his lack of height projects him to guard or center in college. Donovan is a technician who is well ahead of his peers as a polished product.

Texarkana Pleasant Grove defensive end Landon Jackson is an elite prospect in the 2021 class and one of the state’s top pass rushers. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Landon Jackson, defensive end, Texarkana Pleasant Grove

FYI: 6-6/240; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked weak-side defensive end

No. of offers: 26

Top schools: Texas, Texas, LSU, Ohio State, Washington

Jackson is a long, experienced defensive end with state championship pedigree. He starred as a freshman on a Class 4A Division II state championship team, earning district newcomer of the year honors in 2017. He was all-district as a sophomore, though an ACL injury ended his season. He returned to form as a junior, leading Pleasant Grove to another Class 4A Division II state title game. Jackson has more than 30 career sacks entering his senior year.

Denton Ryan’s Ja’Tavion Sanders stars as both a defensive end and a wide receiver in high school, but probably will end up as an end in college. (Jeff Woo/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Ja’Tavion Sanders, athlete, Denton Ryan

FYI: 6-3/220; 4 stars; No. 4-ranked athlete 

No. of offers: 23

Top schools: Committed to Texas

Sanders plays both defensive end and wide receiver at Ryan, but he’ll likely trend toward defensive end as he continues to grow. He looked noticeably bigger than last season at a recent on-campus event held by Texas. He’s an athletic freak who moves with ease despite his size. He helped lead Denton Ryan to the state championship game in Class 5A Division I alongside fellow 2021 Texas commit Billy Bowman Jr.