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2021 running back prospect Camar Wheaton is a five-star Texas target. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Predicting the destinations of the top uncommitted prospects on the Fab 55

Posted July 20th, 2020

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Five of the top 20 players on the Fabulous 55 are still uncommitted. There were six until Friday, when five-star offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer chose Alabama. Three of the state’s top four players are committed to out-of-state programs. Of the 16 highest-rated players on the list already committed, half are headed outside the state. It speaks to the struggles over the past decade for both Texas and Texas A&M. 

Where are the five top uncommitted prospects leaning?

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

Bryce Foster, guard, Katy Taylor

Fab 55 rank: 5th

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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 HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He’s 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 Taylor next to Foster at left guard. The two friends might find themselves on opposite sides of the Red River Rivalry for the next several years if the Sooners remain the leader for Foster. 

Savion Byrd, offensive tackle, Duncanville

Fab 55 rank: 7th

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 there under the direction of Tom Herman, who signed five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver. SMU already holds a commitment from Preston Stone, the highest-rated quarterback in the state. Adding Byrd would be a tremendous recruiting win for SMU, and building a pipeline into Duncanville would be an even bigger success. 

Byrd is an athletic tackle 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: 11th

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 to defensive tackle in college unless he plays in an odd-man front. In a four-man front like the one utilized at Oklahoma, he projects as an athletic three-technique 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: 12th

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 there than at Texas, where the Longhorns sport an impressive stable of backs. Johnson is Texas’ first choice at running back 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: 15th

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, he wants to get to campuses for visits and is likely to take those visits, if allowed by the NCAA, even if he’s committed to a program. Texas wants one of the top two in-state running backs and Wheaton seems more open than Johnson, an A&M lean.  

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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