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The Dotted Line: Examining the 2021 Fabulous 55, staring with Nos. 55-51

Posted March 16th, 2020


The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA decided to prohibit in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. March and April are normally important months on the recruiting calendar, as recruits take visits to campus and college coaches fan out across the nation to scout prospective talent.

The Dotted Line will focus on the 2021 Fabulous 55 for the next two weeks, breaking down the skill-set and recruiting situations of each player on the list, beginning with Nos. 55-51.  

Byron Murphy II, defensive tackle, DeSoto 

FYI: 6-1/276; 3 stars; No. 21-ranked defensive tackle 


Fab 55 rank: 55

Texas offer? No

No. of offers: 13

Murphy is a powerfully framed, agile defensive tackle who uses his size to win leverage battles. He emerged as a playmaker as a junior, recording 98 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three fumbles. He also forced four fumbles. He earned AP Class 6A all-state and all-district honors as a junior in 2019. Murphy added offers from Texas Tech, Washington State and Minnesota in February. He took an unofficial to Texas Tech and Auburn before the travel restrictions began. Georgia offered on Jan. 30. 

Shedeur Sanders, quarterback, Cedar Hill Trinity Chrisitan 

FYI: 6-2/198; 4 stars; No. 13-ranked pro-style quarterback 

Fab 55 rank: 54

Texas offer? No

No. of offers: 21

Sanders led Trinity Christian to three consecutive TAPPS championships as the starting quarterback over the past two seasons. He’s 27-1 as a starter at the varsity level over the past two seasons. He’s passed for 8,796 yards and 123 touchdowns in three years of high school experience. Sanders is the son of Deion Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback. Shedeur holds offers from programs like Alabama, Georgia and Florida. He’s a national top-250 prospect, per 247Sports composite rankings. Sheduer is a pass-first quarterback without the athleticism of his legendary father.   

E’maurion Banks, defensive end, Wichita Falls Rider 

FYI: 6-4/260; 3 stars; No. 34-ranked strong-side defensive end

Fab 55 rank: 53

Texas offer? No

No. of offers:

The big-bodied defensive lineman from Wichita Falls could grow into an athletic defensive tackle by his freshman year of college football. He’s currently a big, strong defensive end who terrorizes offenses at the point of attack. Banks was a first-team all-district honoree as a junior after registering 95 tackles and 14 sacks. He holds offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU and Arkansas. He added one from Washington State on Feb. 28. 

David Abiara, defensive end, Mansfield Legacy

FYI: 6-4/248; 3 stars; No. 24-ranked strong-side defensive end

Fab 55 rank: 52

Texas offer? No

No. of offers: 22

Abiara is a high-upside defensive lineman with positional versatility. He’s athletic enough to remain a physical defensive end who is best at the point of attack, or he can grow into a three-technique defensive tackle. His offer list continues to grow, and it includes power programs like Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Abiara recorded six sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a junior. 

Jordan Jenkins, running back, Lindale

FYI: 6-1/202; 4 stars; No. 21-ranked running back 

Fab 55 rank: 51

Texas offer? No 

No. of offers: 12

Jenkins is a big, reliable running back with production to match his testing numbers. He’s rushed for 2,926 yards and 44 touchdowns over his past two seasons at the varsity level. Jenkins’ offer list includes Baylor and Texas Tech. He’s also capable as a receiver out of the backfield. Jenkins earned first-team all-district honors and AP 5A all-state second-team honors as a junior. USC, Tennessee and Houston offered in February. 

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