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Duncanville offensive tackle Savion Byrd is a four-star in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Predicting the destination of the top-rated uncommitted Fab 55 members

Posted June 10th, 2020

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Commitments keep pouring in across the country despite the no-visit rule imposed on coaches and players until July 31 due to the pandemic. Only eight of the top 20 players on the 2021 Fabulous 55 are uncommitted entering mid-June. Thirty-two of the 55 players on the list are already pledged to colleges with 12 of those committed to out-of-state programs. 

This fall could resemble the Wild West if travel restrictions are lifted. The lure of official visits would test the steadfastness of each commitment for every program considering this group of recruits didn’t get a chance to travel to campuses in the spring or summer. 

Many things can change between now and signing day, but let’s take a look at where the uncommitted players in the Fab 55 are leaning as high school practices resume throughout Texas. 

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Tommy Brockermeyer, offensive tackle, Fort Worth All Saints

Fab 55 rank: 2

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

Prediction: Alabama

It’s always hard to bet against Alabama if the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban dedicate real time and effort into recruiting a player. Brockermeyer is essentially the perfect prospect. That doesn’t mean he’ll become a Hall of Fame tackle, but it’s easy to see why every program in the nation wants the 6-6 son of former Longhorn and NFL lineman Blake Brockermeyer. Tommy comes from proven stock, possesses the requisite height and length to handle edge rushers, and already carries nearly 300 pounds without losing his athleticism. 

Texas does possess advantages in the race considering the family history. Blake Brockermeyer’s oldest son, Luke, is a linebacker at Texas. Still, the recent success of Alabama is an undeniable wildcard for the Crimson Tide. I’d place my money on Alabama if Tommy were forced to decide today. He and his twin brother, James, a four-star center, might commit to Alabama before the end of the summer. But it is hard to envision a scenario where Texas doesn’t get one final shot late in the cycle to swing the Brockermeyers back toward burnt orange, especially if Texas experiences success in 2020.  

Bryce Foster, guard, Katy Taylor

Fab 55 rank: 5

FYI: 6-4, 330; four stars; No. 4-ranked G

Prediction: Oklahoma 

Foster is a two-sport star who wants to compete as a thrower on his college track and field team. His main sport is football and he’s earned the nickname of “The Mountain” in reference to a monstrous character on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Foster is a big, strong lineman who uses his power and compact frame to bully defenders at the point of attack. 

Foster is a teammate of Texas commit Hayden Conner, who starts at left tackle for Katy Taylor next to Foster at left guard. The two friends might find themselves on the opposite side of the Red River Rivalry game for the next four or five years if the Sooners remain the leader for Foster. 

Savion Byrd, offensive tackle, Duncanville

Fab 55 rank: 7

FYI: 6-5, 265; four stars; No. 6-ranked OT

Prediction: SMU

The Mustangs are becoming a real recruiting threat in Dallas in much the same way the University of Houston capitalized on local talent under the direction of Tom Herman, signing five-star Ed Oliver. SMU already holds a commitment from Preston Stone, the highest-rated quarterback on the Fab 55. Adding Byrd would be a tremendous win for SMU, and building a pipeline into Duncanville would be an even bigger success. 

Byrd is an athletic tackle prospect who spent his junior season playing defensive tackle for a program that reached its second straight Class 6A Division I title game. Texas is in the race with his former quarterback, Ja’Quinden Jackson, set to enroll at UT when athletes are officially allowed back on campus. LSU is also in the mix. 

Marcus Burris, defensive tackle, Texarkana Pleasant Grove

Fab 55 rank: 11

FYI: 6-4, 262; four stars; No. 8-ranked strong-side defensive end 

Prediction: Oklahoma 

Burris is listed as a defensive end on some recruiting services, but he’s likely to move inside permanently to defensive tackle in college unless he plays in an odd-man front. In a four-man front like the one utilized at Oklahoma, Burris projects as an athletic three-technique defensive tackle who is strong enough to take on double teams and athletic enough to create disruption in the backfield. 

LJ Johnson, running back, Houston Cypress-Fairbanks

Fab 55 rank: 12

FYI: 5-10, 204; four stars; No. 4-ranked RB

Prediction: Texas A&M

A&M needs running backs more than Texas and that should play in the Aggies’ favor with Johnson, who would see the field faster at A&M than at Texas, where the Longhorns sport an impressive stable of backs. Johnson is Texas’ first choice at running back in the cycle and I have him ranked above Garland Lakeview Centennial’s Camar Wheaton despite their national rankings, but A&M is in great position heading into the season. 

Camar Wheaton, running back, Garland Lakeview Centennial 

Fab 55 rank: 15

FYI: 5-11, 190; five stars; No. 1-ranked RB

Prediction: Oklahoma 

I’m not sure Wheaton knows who his favorite is right now, so this is a guess. Like many players in this class, including some of the committed ones, Wheaton wants to get to campuses for visits and is likely to take those visits, if allowed by the NCAA, even if he is committed to a program. Texas wants one of the top-two in-state running backs in the class and Wheaton seems more open than Johnson, who is an A&M lean as described above.  

Latrell McCutchin, cornerback, Austin LBJ

Fab 55 rank: 16

FYI: 6-1, 176; four stars; No. 11-ranked CB

Prediction: Oklahoma

The one-time Alabama commitment is expected to pick Oklahoma. McCutchin never considered the Longhorns despite an early offer and the proximity to campus. He’s the highest-rated cornerback on the Fab 55 and would be a big get for Oklahoma.  

Ishmael Ibraheem, cornerback, Dallas Kimball

Fab 55 rank: 18

FYI: 6-1, 175; four stars; No. 13-ranked CB

Prediction: Texas

Ibraheem announced last week on social media that he’ll pick a school this coming Monday. Texas is the overwhelming leader heading into the weekend. Four-star safety JD Coffey also is expected to pick the Longhorns on Monday, too. Ibraheem is an incredibly athletic corner with the ideal size to cover big receivers on an island. He’s raw, but he’ll remind fans of current starter Jalen Green.  

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
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

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