The Next 25, our ranking of the top 25 prospects in Texas for the 2022 recruiting cycle, was released last week. Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers headlines the list as the No. 1 player and the only quarterback to make the cut.
The Next 25 consists of eight defensive backs, more than any other position. We conclude our breakdown of the entire list of prospects with Nos. 5-1.
No. 5: Malick Sylla, Katy defensive end
FYI: 6-5, 225; four stars; No. 5-ranked weak-side DE
Top schools: Texas A&M, Texas, LSU, Alabama (23 total offers)
Sylla’s stock continues to soar despite an unprecedented spring evaluation period being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has added offers from Penn State, Auburn, Florida State and Oregon since the beginning of May. One look at him reveals why college coaches drool over his potential. He possesses the perfect frame for a defensive end and can grow into a real three-down force as he continues to naturally add more strength to his long, wiry frame.
Sylla is in no way a finished product, which is scary considering the impact he’s made as a young player at a prominent Class 6A program like Katy.
No. 4: Omari Abor, Duncanville defensive end
FYI: 6-4, 240; four stars; No. 6-ranked strong-side DE
Top schools: Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama (21)
Abor looked like a college freshman before he could even drive a car. The kid was blessed with athletic gifts normally reserved for smaller prospects. He already carries 240 pounds, and none of it is bad weight. He became a force off the edge for Duncanville, which is the premier Class 6A program in the Dallas area, earning District 8-6A newcomer of the year honors in 2019.
No. 3: Devon Campbell, Arlington Bowie offensive lineman
FYI: 6-4, 265; four stars; No. 1-ranked guard
Top schools: Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama (24)
The designation of top offensive line prospect in the state is usually held for tackles. It takes a special player to reach those heights as a guard or a center, and that’s exactly what Campbell is as an interior prospect. He’s the No. 1-ranked guard in the entire class and the only interior lineman to currently hold an offer from the Longhorns. He possesses plenty of athleticism to be a tackle, but his upside is on the interior like Texas A&M freshman Kenyon Green.
No. 2: Denver Harris, Galena Park North Shore cornerback
FYI: 6-1, 180; four stars; No. 5-ranked CB
Top schools: LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State (33)
Harris looks like a cornerback that created in a lab somewhere. He’s tall. He’s long. He’s quick-twitched in his athleticism and does a great job of spinning his hips and running with speedy wide receivers. Harris is also tested on a daily basis playing for North Shore, the two-time Class 6A Division I state champions. He possesses every tool imaginable and knows what it takes to become a consistent starter in a high-pressured program. He was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore.
Harris’ physicality separates him from the other elite defensive backs in the 2022 class, at least at this juncture of their developments.
No. 1: Quinn Ewers, Southlake Carroll quarterback
FYI: 6-3, 195; four stars; No. 1-ranked QB
Top schools: Texas, Oklahoma, Auburn, Ohio State, Alabama
Ewers should be the state’s consensus top-rated player when the 2022 rankings come out this summer. There isn’t a 247Sports composite ranking yet for 2022, but the site itself considers Ewers the second-best overall prospect in the nation. He threw for 4,003 yards and accounted for 54 total touchdowns last year, 45 through the air. He was intercepted only three times on 402 pass attempts. He is the only quarterback on the list.
Ewers 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.
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