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Four-star offensive tackle Donovan Jackson is a Texas target. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: A closer look at the top five prospects on the 2021 Fabulous 55

Posted March 31st, 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 has been focusing on the 2021 Fabulous 55, breaking down the skill set and recruiting situations of each player on the list, finishing with the top five:

Denton Ryan wide receiver Ja’Tavion Sanders catches a pass. He’s a standout receiver, but probably will end up playing defensive end in college as he continues to grow. (Jeff Woo/Denton Record-Chronicle)

No. 5: Bryce Foster, guard, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4, 318; 4-stars; No. 4-ranked G


Texas offer? Yes (22 total)

Foster calls himself “The Mountain,” a reference to a “Game of Thrones” character, and he looks the part with his burly build. He’s the best pure interior prospect in the state. Donovan Jackson is ranked higher, but Jackson plays offensive tackle at Bellaire Episcopal and would need to learn a new position in college. Foster is a throwback offensive guard who is a  bully at the point of attack and the most powerful lineman in Texas. He’s a teammate of 2021 UT offensive line pledge Hayden Conner; they helped Katy Taylor win the Region III championship in Class 6A Division II as juniors.

No. 4: Landon Jackson, defensive end, Texarkana Pleasant Grove

FYI: 6-6, 240; 4-stars; No. 4-ranked weak-side DE

Texas offer? Yes (26 total)

Jackson is a long, experienced defensive end with state championship pedigree. He starred as a freshman on a Class 4A Division II state championship team, earning district newcomer of the year honors in 2017. He was all-district as a sophomore, though an ACL injury ended his season. He returned to form as a junior, leading Pleasant Grove to another Class 4A Division II state title game appearance. He has more than 30 career sacks entering his senior season.

Texas is in the mix due to the move back to a four-man front. 

No. 3: Ja’Tavion Sanders, athlete, Denton Ryan

FYI: 6-3, 220; 5-stars; No. 1-ranked ATH

Texas offer? Yes (22 total)

Sanders is a two-way star with upside on both sides of the ball. He starts at wide receiver and defensive end for Denton Ryan, a Class 5A Division I state finalist in 2019. He recorded 11 sacks on defense and 47 catches on offense. He’s most likely destined for defensive end. He earned first-team all-district honors at the position as a junior and was newcomer of the year in District 4-5A Division I as a sophomore. He’s the 21st-ranked prospect in the entire class, per the 247Sports composite. He’s the highest-rated commit in Texas’ current class, which consists of six members. 

No. 2: Tommy Brockermeyer, offensive tackle, Fort Worth All Saints

FYI: 6-6, 283; 5-stars; No. 1-ranked OT

Texas offer? Yes (25 total)

No player in the state possesses a higher upside than Brockermeyer, the son of former Texas standout Blake Brockermeyer. The five-star tackle is long, athletic and technical. He’s well-groomed as a prospect since his father, and his twin brother James (a four-star center prospect), share a love for blocking. Brockermeyer missed his junior season with a shoulder injury. The Longhorns need to land both brothers to consider 2021 a successful cycle.

Donovan Jackson, guard, Houston Bellaire Episcopal 

FYI: 6-4, 308; 4-stars; No. 1-ranked G

Texas offer? Yes (32 total; committed to Ohio State)

Jackson’s family is from Columbus, which gave Ohio State an advantage. The Ohio State pledge would become the state’s third No. 1 prospect out of the past five years to sign with the Buckeyes, following Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning in 2017 and Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson in 2019.

Donovan won the offensive line MVP award at The Opening Final as a junior despite being surrounded by the best senior prospects in the country. He plays tackle in high school, but his lack of height projects him to guard or center in college. Donovan is a technician who is well ahead of his peers as a polished product.

Previous outlooks: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 35-31 | 30-26 | 25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 |

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