Texas commit Roschon Johnson at the Future 50 camp in Orlando. (Mike Craven)

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Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 25-21

Posted March 11th, 2018

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The release of the initial 2019 Fabulous 55 was the unofficial beginning of the latest recruiting cycle. Texas is in the mix for some of the best players in the state months removed from signing the best class in the Big 12 and the third-best in the nation, which included the five top-rated players on the 2018 Fab 55.

No. 25: Hunter Spears, defensive tackle, Garland Sachse

FYI: 6-4/280; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked defensive tackle

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Texas offer? No

Committed: Notre Dame

Analysis: Spears began his prep career at defensive end before his frame forced a move to defensive tackle. He’s an athletic tackle with the ability to play three-technique in a four-man defensive line or move to end in an odd-man front. Spears committed to Notre Dame in February over a dozen other offers. The big, athletic defensive lineman was an all-district selection as a sophomore and a junior.

No. 24: Demani Richardson, safety, Waxahachie

FYI: 6-2/205; 4 stars; No. 6-ranked safety

Texas offer? Yes

Committed: Texas A&M

Analysis: Richardson plays both sides of the ball in high school. He emerged onto the recruiting scene as a sophomore when he was named second-team all-district for his work at safety. He recorded 47 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. Last year he spent more time on offense and ended the year as a first-team all-district selection after scoring 11 touchdowns and accounting for nearly 1,000 yards. Richardson will play safety in college. He’s not afraid of contact and can cover ground like a centerfielder.

No. 23: EJ Ndoma-Ogar, offensive guard, Allen

FYI: 6-2.5/305; 4 stars; No. 9-ranked offensive guard

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas Tech

Analysis: Ndoma-Ogar returned to Allen after spending his sophomore season at IMG Academy in Florida. The 4-star guard played at Allen as a freshman and returned as a junior to help lead the school to a Class 6A Division I state championship. Ndoma-Ogar is one of three Allen juniors to make the Fab 55, joining quarterback Grant Tisdale and wide receiver Theo Wease. Ndoma-Ogar is a physical guard with a low center of gravity. He excels in the running game and is a fine-tuned player because of the coaching he’s received at Allen and IMG Academy during his prep career.

No. 22: Erick Young, cornerback, Fort Bend Bush

FYI: 6-1/195; 4 stars; No. 10-ranked cornerback

Texas offer? Yes

Other top offers: Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Analysis: Young is listed as a cornerback on most recruiting services, but expect the 4-star from Fort Bend Bush to find a career in college as a safety. Oklahoma is looking like the most obvious destination for him and teammate Jamal Morris is also a safety on the Fab 55. Young is an athletic, strong defensive back with coverage skills. A move to safety would fit his body style and his physical skill set. It’s important for safeties to cover like cornerbacks in modern football and Young will hold an advantage because of his time spent playing man-to-man on the outside against elite wide receivers.

No. 21: Roschon Johnson, quarterback, Port Neches-Groves

FYI: 6-1/192; 4 stars; No. 5 dual-threat quarterback

Texas offer? Yes

Committed: Texas

Analysis: Johnson essentially became a Longhorn when Tom Herman took over the head coaching position in Austin. The dual-threat quarterback from Port Neches-Groves became a frequent visitor to Austin once Herman arrived on campus and quickly became the obvious target at quarterback in the 2019 class. He pulled the trigger in July before his junior season and remained Texas’ lone 2019 commit until T’Vondre Sweat committed in February. Johnson puts up video game numbers at the high school level, beating defenses with his arm and his legs. He’s the two-time MVP of District 22-5A and has thrown for 5,236 yards and 61 touchdowns while rushing for 3,277 yards and 59 touchdowns as a two-year starter.

Previous rankings: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 35-31 | 30-26 |

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1.Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
2.Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Oklahoma
3.DeMarvin LealDLConverse Judson (6A)Texas A&M
4.Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
5.Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Uncommitted
6.Theo Wease Jr.WRAllen (6A)Oklahoma
7.Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Ohio State
8.NaNa Osafo-Mensah DEFort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)Notre Dame
9.Grant GunnellQBSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
10.Austin Stogner TEPrestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)Oklahoma
11.Jalen CurryWRSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
12.Marcus BanksCBDekaney (6A)Uncommitted
13.Marcus Stripling DEMayde Creek (6A)Uncommitted
14.Marquez BeasonATHBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Illinois
15.Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Uncommitted
16.Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Texas A&M
17.Marcel BrooksLBFlower Mound (6A)Uncommitted
18.Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Uncommitted
19.Jalen CatalonSMansfield (6A)Uncommitted
20.Nelson Ceaser DEFort Bend Ridge PointUncommitted
21.Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
22.Erick YoungCBFort Bend Bush (6A)Uncommitted
23.EJ Ndoma-OgarOTAllen (6A)Oklahoma
24.Demani Richardson SWaxahachie (6A)Texas A&M
25.Hunter SpearsDTSachse (6A)Notre Dame
26.Brannon BrownOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)TCU
27.Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
28.Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Uncommitted
29.Jonathan McGillSCoppell (6A)Uncommitted
30.Tamauzia BrownATHNewton (3A)Uncommitted
31.Javonne ShephardOTNorth Forest (4A)Uncommitted
32.Jaylen EllisWRRound Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)Baylor
33.Steven Parker DESouth Oak Cliff (5A)Texas Tech
34.Jamal MorrisSFort Bend Bush (6A)Oklahoma
35.Gilbert IbenemeDEPearland (6A)Uncommitted
36.Josh EllisonDTA&M Consolidated (5A)Texas A&M
37.David UgwoegbuDEKaty Seven Lakes (6A)Uncommitted
38.Jeffery CarterATHAledo (4A)Uncommitted
39.Elijah HigginsWRAustin Bowie (6A)Uncommitted
40.Braedon MowryDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
41.Branson BraggCCrandall (4A)Uncommitted
42.Titus SwenRBHaslet Eaton (5A) Uncommitted
43.David GbendaLBKaty Cinco Ranch (6A)Uncommitted
44.Trejan BridgesWRCarrollton Hebron (6A)Oklahoma
45.Deion HankinsRBEl Paso Parkland (5A)Uncommitted
46.T'Vondre SweatDEHuntsville (5A)Texas
47.Kori RobersonDEManvel (5A)Oklahoma
48.Bobby WolfeCBHouston Madison (6A)Uncommitted
49.Dylan WrightWRWest Mesquite (5A)Uncommitted
50.Velton GardnerATHDallas Skyline (6A)Uncommitted
51.Anfernee OrjiSRockwall (6A)Uncommitted
52.Darwin BarlowRBNewton (3A)Uncommitted
53.Jayden JerniganDTAllen (6A)Uncommitted
54.Trevor RobersonOTWellington (2A)Uncommitted
55.Carl WilliamsDTLufkin (5A)Uncommitted

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