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Texas commit and New Caney outside linebacker Derrick Harris Jr. at Texas' junior day in January. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Texas commit Derrick Harris Jr. headlines Fab 55 members Nos. 30-26

Posted March 24th, 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. 30-26:

New Caney outside linebacker Derrick Harris Jr. picked Texas in August. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

No. 30: Eli Stowers, quarterback, Denton Guyer

FYI: 6-4, 215; four stars; No. 7-ranked dual-threat QB


Texas offer? No (18 total)

Stowers is one of five quarterbacks among the top 30 overall prospects on the Fab 55. It’s a sneaky good cycle at the position and Texas A&M landed Stowers’ pledge last July. He led Guyer to the Class 6A Division II state championship game before suffering an injury on the first drive; he missed the rest of the game, a loss to Austin Westlake. 

Stowers rushed for more than 1,000 yards his sophomore and junior years. He improved as a passer last season, throwing for 2,069 yards and 36 touchdowns to only four interceptions. He passed for 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a sophomore. He also won the Class 6A high jump state title as a sophomore. That’s rare athleticism for a quarterback. 

No. 29: Landyn Watson, defensive end, Hutto

FYI: 6-3, 235; four stars; No. 16-ranked weak-side DE

Texas offer? No (27 total)

Watson is one of the state’s top edge rushers. The Austin-area talent started his varsity career as a freshman, ending the year with 38 tackles and five sacks, which earned him District 19-5A defensive newcomer of the year honors. He was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore and the District 11-5A Division I defensive lineman of the year as a junior. He has racked up more than 50 tackles and seven sacks in each of the past two seasons. 

No. 28: Ketron Jackson, wide receiver, Royse City

FYI: 6-2, 186; four stars; No. 32-ranked WR

Texas offer? No (27 total)

Jackson is an incredible athlete with true track speed to accompany his football skills. He finished third in the long jump at the Class 5A state meet as a freshman before helping Lancaster’s 100- and 200-meter relay teams to top-three finishes as a sophomore. Jackson moved to Royse City before his junior season. He earned first-team all-district honors last year, catching 61 passes for 889 yards and six touchdowns. His offer list includes Alabama, TCU, Baylor and Auburn.  

No. 27: Kendrick Blackshire, inside linebacker, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2, 250; 4 stars; No. 6-ranked ILB

Texas offer? Yes (28 total)

Blackshire is a throwback inside linebacker with the size and strength of an old-school ‘backer best built to stop the run inside the tackles. That leads most to predict that he’ll head toward the SEC with its defensive schemes that still require a big body to anchor the second level of the defense. Blackshire missed his junior season after tearing his ACL; he spent his first two years at Mesquite Horn, where he was a two-year starter. He was the District 11-6A co-defensive newcomer of the year as a freshman. 

No. 26: Derrick Harris Jr., outside linebacker, New Caney 

FYI: 6-2, 215; four stars; No. 11-ranked OLB

Texas offer? Yes (10 total)

Harris is a long, lean athlete with the ability to play linebacker or grow into a defensive end as he adds weight to his frame. He does his best work when he’s let loose to attack off the edge, leading to the notion that Harris will likely land at B-backer like Joseph Ossai and 2020 signee Prince Dorbah, both of which were more pass rusher than linebacker in high school. Harris can play off the line of scrimmage and he should only improve in space as an upperclassman. He’s an incredible athlete with high upside. 

Previous outlooks: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 35-31 | 

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