The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA prohibited in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. March and April are normally important months as recruits take visits to campus and college coaches fan out across the nation to scout talent.
The Dotted Line is focusing on the 2021 Fabulous 55, breaking down the skill set and recruiting situations of each player on the list, continuing with Nos. 40-36:
No. 40: James Brockermeyer, center, Fort Worth All Saints
FYI: 6-3/273; 4 stars; No. 3-ranked C
Texas offer? Yes (16 total)
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— James Brockermeyer (@J_Brockermeyer) September 1, 2019
Brockermeyer is overshadowed by his brother Tommy, a five-star offensive tackle. He’s an interior lineman without the sheer size of his twin. The brothers are the hottest commodities of the 2021 cycle.
Brockermeyer is positioning himself as an elite center as he continues to add weight and strength to a once slender frame. His top five schools are Texas, LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Clemson. He’s scheduled to take an official visit to Texas in June if recruiting rules are back to normal.
The cycle is loaded with in-state offensive linemen and Brockermeyer is not a plus-one to his higher-rated brother. He’s a strong center prospect with high upside and undeniable technique. His father, Blake, was a lineman at Texas and in the NFL. The Longhorns feel good about their position with the Brockermeyers, but Texas must convince the family that the program is heading toward national contention.
39. Jaeden Roberts, guard, Galena Park North Shore
FYI: 6-4/338; 4 stars; No. 7-ranked G
Texas offer? Yes (25 total)
Roberts moved to Houston from Kansas before his junior year and immediately became a starter on a Class 6A state championship offensive line. He’s a big, powerful figure who already looks like a college lineman with his size and ability to move. His offer list includes Alabama, LSU and Auburn.
Roberts is one of three in-state linemen to hold a Longhorns offer. Donovan Jackson, the No. 1-ranked player on the Fab 55, is pledged to Ohio State while four-star Bryce Foster is still uncommitted. Texas hasn’t had success recruiting at North Shore in the past few cycles, and it looks like Roberts is headed back out of state once his prep career ends.
No. 38 Shemar Turner, defensive end, Desoto
FYI: 6-3/260; 4 stars; No. 12-ranked strong-side DE
Texas offer? Yes (34 total)
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Turner is a big-bodied defensive end with a high motor and surprising athleticism for a prospect his size. He plays on the edge for a talented DeSoto squad that reached the second round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs.
Turner could grow into an athletic, disruptive three-technique defensive tackle. Turner was a first-team all-district selection as a junior and sophomore, registering 124 tackles and 12 sacks in his two-year varsity career. The Longhorns are in a battle with Oklahoma, Alabama and others for his services. Texas is extremely high on him. The Longhorns signed three potential defensive tackles in 2020 and need to load up on ends in 2021. Turner is among the top priorities for defensive line coach Oscar Giles.
37. KJ Liggins, wide receiver, Denton Guyer
FYI: 5-11/185/ 3 stars; No. 139-ranked WR
Texas offer? No (6 total)
Liggins began his prep career at Coppell, earning all-district defensive newcomer of the year honors as a defensive back. He moved to slot receiver at Guyer and flourished with his skill set. He’s an underrated recruit on the national level who should move up with a strong senior season at Guyer, a state championship contender in Class 6A. His offer list includes Texas A&M, Georgia and SMU.
36. Hunter Washington, cornerback, Katy
FYI: 5-11/178; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked CB
Texas offer? Yes (27 total)
Washington is a long, rangy cornerback and a two-time second-team all-district selection in one of the toughest Class 6A districts in the state. The Longhorns offered him on Nov. 9, the same day Alabama offered. He’d added Florida State and Penn State in 2020 and was scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Ohio State before the Buckeyes announced that the program would not allow prospects on campus amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has since been adopted by the NCAA.
Texas signed only one cornerback in 2020 — Kitan Crawford, who could wind up at safety or nickel. Potential starters like Jalen Green, Anthony Cook and D’Shawn Jamison would be seniors when the 2021 class arrives on campus. This is an important recruiting cycle for the Longhorns at cornerback in order to build depth behind the current talent on campus.
RANK PLAYER POS. HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE
1. Donovan Jackson OG Bellaire Episcopal (TAPPS) Ohio State
2. Tommy Brockermeyer OT Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal (TAPPS) Alabama
3. Ja'Tavion Sanders ATH Denton Ryan (5A) Texas
4. Landon Jackson DE Texarkana Pleasant Grove (3A) LSU
5. Bryce Foster OG Katy Taylor (6A) Uncommitted
6. Billy Bowman ATH Denton Ryan (5A) Texas
7. Savion Byrd OT Duncanville (6A) Uncommitted
8. Preston Stone QB Parish Episcopal (TAPPS) SMU
9. Shadrach Banks WR Galena Park North Shore (6A) Texas A&M
10. Jalen Milroe QB Katy Tompkins (6A) Texas
11. Marcus Burris DT Texarkana Pleasant Grove (3A) Uncommitted
12. LJ Johnson RB Cy-Fair (6A) Uncommitted
13. Cody Jackson WR Richmond Foster (5A) Oklahoma
14. Quaydarius Davis WR Dallas Skyline (6A) USC
15. Camar Wheaton RB Garland Lakeview Centennial (6A) Uncommitted
16. Latrell McCutchin CB Austin LBJ (4A) Oklahoma
17. JoJo Earle WR Aledo (5A) LSU
18. Ishmael Ibraheem CB Dallas Kimball (5A) Texas
19. Dematrius Davis QB Galena Park North Shore (6A) Auburn
20. Reuben Fatheree OT Richmond Foster (5A) Texas A&M
21. Dametrious Crownover TE Grandview (3A) Uncommitted
22. Sawyer Robertson QB Lubbock Coronado (5A) Mississippi State
23. Clayton Smith OLB Texas High (6A) Oklahoma
24. Theodore Knox WR The Woodlands (6A) Mississippi State
25. Jordon Thomas DE Port Arthur Memorial (5A) Texas
26. Derrick Harris Jr. OLB New Caney (5A) Texas
27. Kendall Blackshire ILB Duncanville (6A) Alabama
28. Ketron Jackson WR Royse City (5A) Uncommitted
29. Landyn Watson DE Hutto (5A) Uncommitted
30. Eli Stowers QB Denton Guyer (6A) Texas A&M
31. Hayden Conner OT Katy Taylor (6A) Texas
32. JD Coffey S Kennedale (4A) Texas
33. Brandon Campbell RB Lamar Consolidated (5A) USC
34. Cullen Montgomery OT Bellaire Episcopal (TAPPS) Oklahoma
35. Behren Morton QB Eastland (3A) Texas Tech
36. Hunter Washington CB Katy (6A) Florida State
37. KJ Liggins WR Denton Guyer (6A) Uncommitted
38. Shemar Turner DE DeSoto (6A) Uncommitted
39. Jaeden Roberts OG Galena Park North Shore (6A) Auburn
40. James Brockermeyer OC Fort Worth All Saints (TAPPS) Alabama
41. Cisco Catson S Weatherford (6A) Baylor
42. Bryson Green WR Allen (6A) Oklahoma State
43. Latrell Neville WR Fort Bend Hightower (6A) Nebraska
44. Kyron Drones QB Alvin Shadow Creek (6A) Baylor
45. Erick Cade OT Braswell (5A) Uncommitted
46. Deuce Harmon CB Denton Guyer (6A) Texas A&M
47. Terrence Cooks OLB Alvin Shadow Creek (6A) Uncommitted
48. Lake McRee TE Lake Travis (6A) USC
49. Cam'Ron Valdez RB Rockdale (4A) Uncommitted
50. Matthew Wykoff OT Magnolia (5A) Texas A&M
51. Jordan Jenkins RB Lindale (5A) Baylor
52. David Abiara DE Mansfield Legacy (5A) Notre Dame
53. E'maurion Banks DE Wichita Falls Rider (5A) Texas Tech
54. Shedeur Sanders QB Cedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS) Florida Atlantic
55. Byron Murphy II DT DeSoto (6A) Baylor