Football talent is cyclical. The talent always exists in Texas because of the love of the game, the amount of resources allotted to our high school programs and the sheer vastness of the Lone Star State.
The cyclical nature of the talent is revealed within the position groups. The 2018 class was headlined by defensive backs. The 2021 class is led by an impressive group of offensive linemen. The 2022 class should be defined by its secondary prospects.
The one outlier is Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers, the No. 1-ranked player on our Next 25, a ranking of the top Class of 2022 prospects in Texas. The 6-3, 195-pound signal-caller holds 28 offers, including programs like Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Alabama. He was the MaxPreps national sophomore of the year in 2019 after earning District 5-6A MVP honors. The only team to beat him as a sophomore was Duncanville, led by a healthy Ja’Quinden Jackson in the state quarterfinals.
“My sophomore year was great, but we’re looking to go win a state title. That’s the goal. After the winning, everything else, including recruiting falls in place,” Ewers said earlier this spring. “I’m in no real hurry to make a decision because I’m still two seasons away from being done with high school football, but I appreciate how highly people thought of my sophomore season. I still need to improve.”
Ewers should be the state’s consensus top-rated player when the 2022 rankings officially release this summer. There isn’t a 247Sports composite ranking yet for 2022, but 247Sports considers Ewers the second-best prospect in the nation. He threw for 4,003 yards and accounted for 54 total touchdowns, 45 through the air. He was intercepted only three times on 402 pass attempts. He is the only quarterback on the list.
“I can only control how much I work and put into the game,” Ewers said. “I don’t care about the rankings or anything like that. I can only go to one school.”
Defensive backs accounted for eight of the 25 spots on the Next 25 for 2022 with Galena Park North Shore cornerback Denver Harris taking the second spot behind Ewers. The 6-1, 180-pound prospect already has 33 offers and is ranked as the fifth-best cornerback in the class. Cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau of Port Arthur Memorial, as well as safeties Bryan Allen and Bryce Anderson, are also among the top 10 on the Next 25.
Interior offensive lineman Devon Campbell of Arlington Bowie takes the third spot, followed by defensive ends Omari Abor and Malick Sylla. The sixth spot was reserved for Del Valle wide receiver Caleb Burton. The local product is one of three wide receivers to make the cut.
Oklahoma commit Kobie McKinzie, at ninth, is the only outside linebacker ranked. He is one of three prospects already committed to a program with Allen and Anderson, the two best safeties in the state, both pledged to LSU.
RANK PLAYER POSITION HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE
1. Quinn Ewers QB Southlake Carroll (6A) Uncommitted
2. Denver Harris CB Galena Park North Shore (6A) Uncommitted
3. Devon Campbell OL Arlington Bowie (6A) Uncommitted
4. Omari Abor DE Duncanville (6A) Uncommitted
5. Malick Sylla DE Katy (6A) Uncommitted
6. Caleb Burton WR Del Valle (6A) Uncommitted
7. Jaylon Guilbeau CB Port Arthur Memorial (5A) Uncommitted
8. Kobie McKinzie OLB Lubbock Cooper (5A) Oklahoma
9. Bryan Allen S Aledo (5A) LSU
10. Bryce Anderson S Beaumont West Brook (6A) LSU
11. Austin Jordan CB Denton Ryan (5A) Uncommitted
12. Armani Winfield WR Lewisville (6A) Uncommitted
13. Jaydon Blue RB Klein Cain (6A) Uncommitted
14. Ernest Cooper IV DE Arlington Martin (6A) Uncommitted
15. Emeka Megwa RB Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS) Uncommitted
16. Kam Dewberry OT Humble Atascocita (6A) Uncommitted
17. Jaylen Early OT Duncanville (6A) Uncommitted
18. Justin Medlock ILB Manvel (5A) Uncommitted
19. Donovan Green TE Dickinson (6A) Uncommitted
20. Tavorus Jones RB El Paso Burges (5A) Uncommitted
21. Evan Stewart WR Frisco Liberty (5A) Uncommitted
22. Jadarian Price RB Denison (5A) Uncommitted
23. Bobby Taylor CB Katy (6A) Uncommitted
24. Landon Hullaby S Mansfield Timberview (5A) Uncommitted
25. Chace Biddle S Garland (6A) Uncommitted