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DeSoto defensive end Shemar Turner is among Texas' top targets in the 2021 cycle. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: James Brockermeyer, Shemar Turner headline Nos. 40-36 on the 2021 Fab 55

Posted March 19th, 2020


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)

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)

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. 

Previous outlooks: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 |

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