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Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe is a Texas commitment in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Ranking the recruiting importance of each offensive position for Texas

Posted February 26th, 2020

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Texas’ 2021 class sits at six members, currently ranking seventh in the country and first in the Big 12. Five of those six prospects are on our initial Fabulous 55. Five of the six commitments also project to the offensive side of the ball.

The cycle within the state is loaded at offensive line and Texas must pull in a strong cycle of big men to feel like the class is a success. We take a look at which positions are the highest priority for the Longhorns in terms of recruiting this year, beginning with the offense. We’ll look at defense on Thursday.

Katy Taylor offensive lineman Hayden Conner committed to Texas before his junior season. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Offensive linemen

Committed: OT Hayden Conner (4 stars)

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Top targets: OT Tommy Brockermeyer (5), G Bryce Foster (4), C James Brockermeyer (4), OT Savion Byrd (4), OT Jonah Miller (4), OT Matthew Wykoff (3), OT Erick Cade (3)

There’s no excuse for the Longhorns not to sign a handful of top-notch prospects along the line. Texas holds a commitment from Conner, a four-star tackle from Katy Taylor who’s a national top-300 prospect and ranked 31st on the Fab 55. The 6-5, 317-pound prospect can play tackle or guard. 

The big fish within the state are the Brockermeyer twins. Tommy is a five-star tackle who could end the cycle as the top-rated offensive lineman in the country. His brother James is a four-star center. The Brockermeyers are more than familiar with the Texas program considering their dad, Blake,  starred for Texas and their older brother Luke plays for Texas. The Longhorns can’t let an out-of-state power draw a legacy away. 

The best interior lineman in the state is Foster, a high school teammate of Conner’s. Foster is a bully of a lineman who also excels as a thrower on the track team. Texas is among his top schools. Other names to watch include Miller, an Arizona native that was prep teammates with 2020  running back signee Bijan Robinson. Byrd and Wykoff are also four-star tackle prospects. 

Wide receivers

Committed: Billy Bowman (4)

Top targets: Quay Davis (4), Theodore Knox (4), Latrell Neville (4), Bryson Green (4), Blaine Green (3) 

Bowman, a four-star from Denton Ryan, is listed as an athlete by recruiting services and has stated on numerous occasions that his college position is not set in stone. He stars at receiver and safety for the Class 5A powerhouse. His ability with the ball in his hands leads me to believe that Bowman is destined for the slot and special teams. Bowman is the third-ranked athlete in the nation and No. 6 on the Fab 55. 

Texas held the commitment of Davis, a four-star from Dallas Skyline, until October. The speedy highlight reel receiver has kept Texas among his top schools and maintains that his decommitment was to give him the freedom to visit other schools. The Longhorns want to build recruiting pipelines into south Dallas programs and Davis would be a prospect that could help the program in his first year on campus. 

Texas hopes to sign three or four wide receivers. If Bowman moves to receiver full-time and Davis comes back into the fold, the Longhorns are halfway done with two speedy options at slot. The goal will turn toward finding big-bodied outside targets like the Green twins from Allen or Neville. 

Katy Tompkins four-star quarterback Jalen Milroe is among the top prospects in 2021. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Quarterbacks

Committed: Jalen Milroe (4)

Top targets: Sawyer Robertson (4), Garrett Nussmeier (4)

The reality of modern college football is that nearly every recruiting class requires two quarterbacks. Texas is halfway there for 2021 with Milroe, a four-star dual-threat from Katy Tompkins. He’s already the face of UT’s class and doing his best to bring the Houston area’s best talent with him to Austin. Milroe arrived on the scene as a sophomore, leading Tompkins to its first-ever playoff appearance. The program made the playoffs again in Milroe’s junior year. 

Robertson and Nussmeier were offered by new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. Both are more traditional pocket passers with big arms. That may show the direction in which Yurcich hopes to steer the offense, with an emphasis on the vertical passing game and less on a quarterback’s ability to threaten a defense with his legs. 

Tight ends

Committed: Juan Davis (3)

Top targets: Lake McRee (4), Dametrious Crownover (4), Elijah Arroyo (3), Var’Keyes Gumms (3), Landen King (3)

Texas feels good about the position with Jared Wiley and Brayden Liebrock waiting in the wings. Still, the Longhorns want to be the physical bullies of the Big 12 and continuing to improve at tight end is one way for Texas to remain multiple on offense. Davis is listed as an athlete by recruiting services. He’s played on both sides of the ball. He likely projects to tight end at 6-4 and approaching 220 pounds. 

Texas held a commitment from McRee, a four-star from Lake Travis, until early February. It’s a strong year in-state for tight ends with offers out to Gumms, Crownover, Arroyo and King. 

Running backs

Committed: None

Top targets: LJ Johnson (4), Camar Wheaton (5), Brandon Campbell (4), Jonathon Brooks (3)

Texas’ running backs room went from a detriment in 2019 to a perceived strength entering the 2020 season. Adding Robinson to a group led by Keaontay Ingram and Roschon Johnson gives the Longhorns a trio of options. The depth grows even stronger if 2019 signee Derrian Brown can make his way back from brain surgery that cost him his freshman season. 

The Longhorns can afford to be picky at the position in 2021 and the top target is Johnson, a four-star speedster from Cypress-Fairbanks outside of Houston. He ran for 1,951 yards and 37 touchdowns as a junior, earning all-state honors and District 17-6A’s offensive MVP honor. Texas hopes to pair Johnson with a high-upside running back like Brooks, a three-star from Hallettsville. 

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Donovan JacksonOGBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Ohio State
2. Tommy BrockermeyerOTFort Worth All Saints Episcopal (TAPPS)Alabama
3. Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
4.Landon JacksonDETexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)LSU
5. Bryce FosterOGKaty Taylor (6A)Uncommitted
6.Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
7. Savion ByrdOTDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
8. Preston StoneQBParish Episcopal (TAPPS)SMU
9.Shadrach BanksWRGalena Park North Shore (6A)Texas A&M
10.Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tompkins (6A)Texas
11. Marcus BurrisDTTexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)Uncommitted
12.LJ JohnsonRBCy-Fair (6A)Uncommitted
13. Cody JacksonWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
14.Quaydarius DavisWRDallas Skyline (6A)USC
15.Camar WheatonRBGarland Lakeview Centennial (6A)Uncommitted
16.Latrell McCutchinCBAustin LBJ (4A)Oklahoma
17. JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)LSU
18. Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Texas
19.Dematrius DavisQBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
20. Reuben FathereeOTRichmond Foster (5A)Texas A&M
21.Dametrious CrownoverTEGrandview (3A)Uncommitted
22. Sawyer RobertsonQBLubbock Coronado (5A)Mississippi State
23.Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Oklahoma
24.Theodore KnoxWRThe Woodlands (6A)Mississippi State
25. Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Texas
26.Derrick Harris Jr.OLBNew Caney (5A)Texas
27.Kendall BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Alabama
28. Ketron JacksonWRRoyse City (5A)Uncommitted
29.Landyn WatsonDEHutto (5A)Uncommitted
30.Eli StowersQBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
31. Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor (6A)Texas
32.JD CoffeySKennedale (4A)Texas
33.Brandon CampbellRBLamar Consolidated (5A)USC
34.Cullen MontgomeryOTBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Oklahoma
35.Behren MortonQBEastland (3A)Texas Tech
36. Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Florida State
37.KJ LigginsWRDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
38. Shemar TurnerDEDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted
39.Jaeden RobertsOGGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
40.James BrockermeyerOCFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Alabama
41. Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
42.Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma State
43.Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Nebraska
44. Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Baylor
45.Erick CadeOTBraswell (5A)Uncommitted
46. Deuce HarmonCBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
47.Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
48. Lake McReeTELake Travis (6A)USC
49.Cam'Ron ValdezRBRockdale (4A)Uncommitted
50.Matthew WykoffOTMagnolia (5A)Texas A&M
51.Jordan JenkinsRBLindale (5A)Baylor
52.David AbiaraDEMansfield Legacy (5A)Notre Dame
53.E'maurion BanksDEWichita Falls Rider (5A)Texas Tech
54.Shedeur SandersQBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Florida Atlantic
55.Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Baylor

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