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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: Texas remains in the mix for several uncommitted 2021 Fabulous 55 members

Posted August 6th, 2020

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Texas leads all schools with nine commitments from the recently updated 2021 Fabulous 55, a ranking of the state’s top 55 prospects for the upcoming senior class. It was the first update since the initial rankings were released in February. No other team holds more than five commitments from the list. In fact, the nine commitments for Texas equals the combined total for Oklahoma (4) and Texas A&M (5). 

The Longhorns aren’t done. Tom Herman and his coaching staff are still in the mix for roughly a half-dozen of the uncommitted prospects on the list. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic restricting visits for players and coaches, 42 of the 55 players are committed.

Texas’ class consists of 15 members. It ranks 12th in the nation and first in the Big 12. Herman has signed a top-10 class in each of the past three cycles.

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Houston Cypress-Fairbanks running back LJ Johnson in action against Houston Northbrook. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

LJ Johnson, RB, Houston Cypress-Fairbanks

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

Fab 55 rank: 5th

Top schools: Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Auburn

Johnson and Camar Wheaton are the top two running backs in the class. The national recruiting services like 247Sports rank Wheaton higher than Johnson. I’ll take Johnson, though we’re all admittedly splitting hairs for two elite prospects. Johnson gets my nod because of his consistency against a higher-level of play. He was an Associated Press second-team all-state selection as a junior and is a two-time all-district selection. 

Johnson has an impressive list of offers. He’s rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his two-year prep career and is considered a national top-50 talent as a borderline five-star prospect. The Longhorns are battling familiar opponents for Johnson; it appears to be a three-team race between Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.  

Bryce Foster, G, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4, 315; four stars; No. 4-ranked guard 

Fab 55 rank: 8th

Top schools: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas, Oregon

Oklahoma is leading for the nation’s fourth-ranked guard. Foster is a bully at the point of attack, overmatching defenders with his brute strength and ability to win leverage battles. He’s also a potential state champion in the shot put and discus. Throwers tend to do a great job as college offensive linemen, and that puts Texas firmly in play because of the Longhorns’ quality track program. Foster’s teammate, Hayden Conner, is pledged to the Longhorns, as is childhood friend Jalen Milroe. 

Camar Wheaton, RB, Garland Centennial 

FYI: 5-11, 190; five stars; No. 2-ranked running back 

Fab 55 rank: 10th

Top schools: Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, SMU

Texas can’t secure the services of both Johnson and Wheaton, but the Longhorns do hope to end the cycle with at least one of those players to pair with current running back pledge Jonathon Brooks. Wheaton is a speedster with legit track speed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He was the District 10-6A overall MVP as a junior and the district’s newcomer of the year as a sophomore. The Longhorns and Sooners are the front-runners, as well as hometown SMU. 

Savion Byrd, OT, Duncanville 

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

Fab 55 rank: 11th

Top schools: Texas, SMU, LSU, Oklahoma 

Texas entered the cycle with offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer as the top priority at the position, but the five-star UT legacy and his twin brother James, a four-star center, chose Alabama. That places a bigger emphasis on adding Byrd. Texas signed his former teammate, quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson, in the 2020 class, which gives the Longhorns an advantage. SMU is firmly in the mix here for the Dallas native. Landing Byrd would take some of the sting away from losing out on the Brockermeyers. Byrd played defensive tackle as a junior. He started at offensive tackle as a sophomore and that’s where his college future lies. 

Ketron Jackson, WR, Royse City

FYI: 6-2, 186; four stars; No. 26-ranked wide receiver 

Fab 55 rank: 24th

Top schools: Texas, Arkansas, TCU

Texas holds as many pledges at wide receiver in the 2022 class (1) as it does in the 2021 cycle. That needs to change for the new offensive staff. The lone pledge in the current cycle is Casey Cain, a three-star from Louisiana. Jackson would be a welcome addition to the class. He’s a big, strong prospect with enough size to play outside receiver. He moved to Royse City from Lancaster prior to his junior season. He caught 61 passes for 889 yards and six touchdowns as a junior at Royse City, earning first-team all-district honors.  

Andrew Mukuba, S, Austin LBJ

FYI: 6-0, 185; four stars; No. 12-ranked safety

Fab 55 rank: 30th

Top schools: Texas, Clemson, Oklahoma

The Longhorns are among the top schools for Mukuba, a local prospect with an impressive offer list. He was one of five players to debut on the updated version of the Fabulous 55. Mukuba was a two-way starter for LBJ as a junior, earning first-team honors on offense and second-team honors on defense. Safety is his long-term position with Texas battling it out with Clemson and Oklahoma. 

Terrence Cooks, OLB, Alvin Shadow Creek

FYI: 6-2, 210; three stars; No. 25-ranked outside linebacker 

Fab 55 rank: 44

Top schools: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Cooks is a long-time target for Texas. He was announced as the program’s top priority at linebacker during a visit to campus before the pandemic halted travel. He’s an athletic linebacker with a high upside. He helped Shadow Creek win the Class 5A Division I state championship as a junior. His former teammate, safety Xavion Alford, signed with the Longhorns in 2020. 

RANK (PREV.)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Donovan JacksonOLBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Ohio State
2. (2)Tommy BrockermeyerOLFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Alabama
3. (3)Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
4. (6)Billy Bowman Jr.ATHDenton Ryan (5A)Oklahoma
5. (12)LJ JohnsonRBCy-Fair (6A)Uncommitted
6. (23)Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Oklahoma
7. (13)Cody JacksonWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
8. (5)Bryce FosterOLKaty TaylorUncommitted
9. (4)Landon JacksonDETexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)LSU
10. (15)Camar WheatonRBGarland Lakeview CentennialUncommitted
11. (7)Savion ByrdOLDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
12. (10)Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tompkins (6A)Alabama
13. (17)JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)LSU
14. (11)Marcus BurrisDTTexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)Texas A&M
15. (38)Shemar TurnerDEDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted
16. (21)Demetrius DavisQBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
17. (9)Shadrach BanksWRGalena Park North Shore (6A)Texas A&M
18. (8)Preston StoneQBParish Episcopal (TAPPS)SMU
19. (14)Quay DavisWRDallas Skyline (6A)USC
20. (NR)Garrett NussmeierQBFlower Mound Marcus (6A)LSU
21. (16)Latrell McCutchinCBAustin LBJ (4A)Oklahoma
22. (18)Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Texas
23. (20)Reuben Fatheree IIOLRichmond Foster (5A)Texas A&M
24. (28)Ketron JacksonWRRoyse City (5A)Arkansas
25. (22)Sawyer RobertsonQBLubbock Coronado (5A)Mississippi State
26. (24)Theodore KnoxWRThe Woodlands (6A)Mississippi State
27. (25)Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Texas
28. (30)Eli StowersQBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
29. (29)Landyn WatsonDEHutto (5A)TCU
30. (NR)Andrew MukubaSAustin LBJ (4A)Clemson
31. (21)Dametrious CrownoverTEGrandview (3A)Texas A&M
32. (32)JD CoffeySKennedale (4A)Texas
33. (NR)Kaidon SalterQBCedar Hill (6A)Tennessee
34. (35)Behren MortonQBEastland (3A)Texas Tech
35. (26)Derrick Harris Jr.DENew Caney (5A)Texas
36. (44)Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Baylor
37. (27)Kendrick BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Alabama
38. (31)Hayden ConnerOLKaty Taylor (6A)Texas
39. (36)Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Florida State
40. (NR)Elijah ArroyoTEFrisco Independence (5A)Miami
41. (51)Jordan JenkinsRBLindale (5A)Baylor
42. (39)Jaeden RobertsOLGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
43. (41)Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
44. (47)Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Texas
45. (40)James BrockermeyerOLFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Alabama
46. (NR)Morice BlackwellOLBArlington Bowie (6A)Texas
47. (46)Deuce HarmonCBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
48. (52)David AbiaraDEMansfield Legacy (5A)Notre Dame
49. (55)Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Baylor
50. (34)Cullen MontgomeryOLBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Oklahoma
51. (33)Brandon CampbellRBLamar Consolidated (5A)USC
52. (37)KJ LigginsWRDenton GuyerUncommitted
53. (49)Cam'ron ValdezRBRockdale (4A)Texas Tech
54. (42)Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma State
55. (50)Matthew WykoffOLMagnolia (5A)Texas A&M

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