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


The Dotted Line: Texas commit Hayden Conner among prospects ranked Nos. 35-31 on our Fab 55

Posted March 20th, 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. 35-31:

Houston Bellaire Episcopal offensive tackle Cullen Montgomery committed to Oklahoma and is a Fabulous 55 member. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

No. 35: Behren Morton, quarterback, Eastland

FYI: 6-2/185; 4 stars; No. 8-ranked dual-threat QB


Texas offer? No (11 total)

Morton was a must-get for Texas Tech in the 2021 cycle. Not many four-star quarterbacks grow up in West Texas. The Red Raiders secured the dual-threat prospect’s commitment back in October, feeling the 2021 class could use a headliner to help put together a strong class for head coach Matt Wells. Texas Tech signed an excellent group of wide receivers in 2020 and Morton is the perfect commitment to draw more offensive talent to Lubbock. 

He was District 3-3A Division I’s offensive MVP as a sophomore and a junior, while accounting for 5,201 yards passing and 57 total touchdowns. He’s the highest-rated quarterback to pledge to Texas Tech since Patrick Mahomes.   

No. 34: Cullen Montgomery, offensive tackle, Bellaire Episcopal

FYI: 6-5/317; 3 stars; No. 36-ranked OT

Texas offer? No (26 total)

The Oklahoma commit shares an offensive line with Donovan Jackson, an Ohio State pledge who ranks No. 1 on the Fabulous 55. Much like Jackson, Montgomery is a high school tackle whose future may be at guard. He’s a big, strong blocker at the point of attack, but he still needs work in space, which is why a move inside could benefit him. He chose Oklahoma over a host of big-time offers on Jan. 19. 

No. 33: Brandon Campbell, running back, Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated

FYI: 5-10/190; 4 stars; No. 22-ranked RB

Texas offer? Yes (40 total)

Campbell was a first-team all-district selection as a junior at Pearland. He played his sophomore season at Katy Taylor. Then he moved to Lamar Consolidated at the end of his junior campaign, when he rushed for 883 yards and 19 touchdowns on just 116 carries. He’s also a threat out of the backfield, compiling 26 receptions for 472 yards and five touchdowns in his two years of varsity. Out-of-state programs like Alabama, LSU and Penn State currently lead for the Houston native. 

No. 32: JD Coffey, safety, Kennedale

FYI: 6-0/180; 4 stars; No. 7-ranked S

Texas offer? Yes (30 total)

Coffey is arguably the best safety in Texas for the 2021 cycle and his offer list suggests that college coaches throughout the country agree that the speedy, rangy safety is a top priority. Texas is among the teams that have offered Coffey, but its offer was extended by the previous defensive staff. It’s too early to know how new defensive coordinator Chris Ash views the defensive prospects with existing offers in comparison to the former staff. Coffey is a three-year varsity starter with 14 career interceptions. 

No. 31: Hayden Conner, offensive tackle, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-5/317; 4 stars; No. 26-ranked OT

Texas offer? Committed to Texas (20 total offers)

Conner was a first-team all-district lineman as a sophomore and quickly found himself considered one of the top young offensive line prospects in Texas for a loaded cycle. Conner plays with the mean streak coveted by offensive line coaches. He’s a big, athletic prospect who can stick at right tackle or move to guard. His massive frame and strength provide him with the ability to handle defensive tackles. He’s also agile enough to move to the second level and knock down linebackers. Conner could also play guard in a similar way to current Longhorn Tyler Johnson. His teammate, Bryce Foster, is among Texas’ top offensive line targets. The duo led Katy Taylor to a Class 6A Division II Region III championship as juniors. 

Previous outlooks: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 |

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