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Port Arthur Memorial defensive end Jordon Thomas at the Fast 7v7 Members Only camp. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Texas targets Jordon Thomas, Clayton Smith lead Fab 55 Nos. 25-21

Posted March 25th, 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. 25-21:


Port Arthur Memorial defensive end Jordon Thomas already has a Texas offer. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

No. 25: Jordon Thomas, defensive end, Port Arthur Memorial 

FYI: 6-3, 240; four stars; No. 15-ranked weak-side DE

Texas offer? Yes (eight total)

Few prospects in Texas look as college-ready physically as Thomas, a big-bodied defender with the ability to play defensive end in a four-man front or transition into a stand-up linebacker in an odd-man scheme. He was a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore after registering 32 tackles and five sacks. He missed the 2019 season with a lower leg injury, but that didn’t stop elite programs from across the country from offering based on potential.

Texas is in a battle with Texas A&M and LSU for his pledge.  

No. 24: Theodore Knox, wide receiver, The Woodlands

FYI: 5-10, 167; four stars; No. 30-ranked WR

Texas offer? Yes (16 total)

Knox moved to The Woodlands from Louisiana prior to his junior season. He immediately became one of the state’s most dangerous weapons on returns and in the slot. He’s a quick, elusive runner after the catch with enough vertical speed to beat defenses over the top. He won a state silver medal in Louisiana as a sophomore in the 100-meters by posting a time of 10.4, which is elite. Texas offered Knox last July. 

No. 23: Clayton Smith, outside linebacker, Texarkana Texas High

FYI: 6-4, 215; four stars; No. 8-ranked OLB

Texas offer? Yes

Smith looks the part of an elite outside linebacker who could become a premier pass rusher once he learns the finer points of football. He’s a bit raw for a prospect that many recruiting services feel is a borderline top-10 player in Texas. The upside is there, but the consistency was not as a junior. Smith is considering Texas among a handful of programs, including Arkansas, LSU, Baylor and Oklahoma. 

No. 22: Sawyer Robertson, quarterback, Lubbock Coronado

FYI: 6-3, 190; four stars; No. 9-ranked pro-style QB

Texas offer? Yes

Robertson was offered by new Texas offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich despite the Longhorns already holding a commitment from four-star dual-threat prospect Jalen Milroe, who’s also a member of the Fab 55. Robertson is a slinger of the football, possessing a powerful arm that can handle every throw on the passing tree. He led Coronado to the second round of the state playoffs as a junior and has thrown for 7,597  yards and 87 touchdowns in his past two years.  

No. 21: Dametrious Crownover, tight end, Grandview

FYI: 6-6, 235; four stars; No. 10-ranked TE

Texas offer? Yes

Texas hoped it was done early at tight end for the 2021 cycle when it held pledges from Juan Davis and Lake McRee, but McRee backed off of his pledge in February. That meant the Longhorns need to extend the search at the position. Crownover is a physical freak who is still learning how to play football after spending most of his youth dominating the basketball courts. He can also play defensive end, which is where he earned all-district honors as a junior. His father, Earnest, was a defensive lineman at Baylor, and his brother, also named Earnest, was a junior college running back who committed to Texas A&M for the 2020 cycle. 

Previous outlooks: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 35-31 | 30-26 |

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