Katy running back Deondre Glass breaks away on a run during the Tigers' contest against Tompkins High on Oct. 20, 2016 at Rhodes Stadium in Katy. (Mark Goodman/For the Katy Times)


Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 20-16

Posted March 12th, 2018


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. 20: Nelson Ceaser, defensive end, Fort Bend Ridge Point

Fort Bend Ridge Point defensive end Nelson Ceaser is a Fabulous 55 member. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-3/220; 4 stars; No. 14-ranked weak side defensive end


Texas offer? No

Top schools: Oklahoma, TCU, Nebraska

Analysis: True edge rushers aren’t easy to find. That’s why the position gets drafted so high in the NFL draft. It’s a quarterback sport and the best way to stop modern offenses is to put the signal-caller on the dirt. Ceaser is a pass-rushing specialist who could play defensive end or outside linebacker at the college level. He’ll need to add weight and strength to be a three-down end. Ceaser has recorded 14.5 sacks over his past two seasons and forced four fumbles as a junior. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior and the district newcomer of the year as a sophomore.

No. 19: Jalen Catalon, safety, Mansfield

FYI: 5-9/180; 4 stars; No. 8-ranked safety

Texas offer? Yes

Other top schools: Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State

Analysis: Sometimes numbers tell the whole story. Let’s recap Catalon’s junior season: 101 tackles, three interceptions, caused and recovered four fumbles, passed for 1,145 yards, rushed for 1,031 and accounted for 28 offensive touchdowns. All of that as one of the smallest players on the field. His impact is enormous and he’s picked up offers from the top programs in the nation. He registered 196 tackles and nine interceptions as a sophomore, earning Associated Press defensive player of the year honors in Class 5A.

No. 18: Deondrick Glass, running back, Katy

FYI: 5-11/190; 4 stars; No. 14-ranked running back

Texas offer? Yes

Other top schools: Alabama, Georgia

Analysis: Glass emerged as “next” at Katy when he backed up Kyle Porter and helped the Tigers claim a Class 6A Division II title in 2015. It was Glass’ freshman year and he finished with 628 yards and 14 touchdowns. Porter departed for Texas after that season and Glass has continued the tradition of elite Katy running backs. He rushed for 1,912 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior. He added 1,690 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior. Glass is the only in-state running back to hold a Texas offer and the top prospect at the position on the Fab 55.

No. 17: Marcel Brooks, linebacker, Flower Mound Marcus

FYI: 6-3/200; 4 stars; No. 6-ranked outside linebacker

Texas offer? Yes

Other top schools: LSU, Alabama

Analysis: Brooks picked up 21 offers before narrowing his list to Alabama and LSU. He’s set to decide on June 25. The 4-star outside linebacker has all the tools needed to become an effective defender at the college level because he’s big, long, is strong at the point of attack and is supremely athletic. Brooks is athletic enough to look like a safety and big enough to become a defensive end. He’ll remind people of 2018 signee DeMarvion Overshown. Brooks is a borderline top 100 player in the country and one of the most impactful defenders in the state.

No. 16: Kam Brown, wide receiver, Colleyville Heritage

FYI: 6-0/170; 4 stars; No. 24-ranked wide receiver

Texas offer? Yes

Committed: Texas A&M  

Analysis: It’s already been an interesting recruiting ride Brown. He committed early to UCLA and then flipped to Texas A&M following coaching changes at both programs after the 2017 football season. Brown is a prolific receiver who can play outside or in the slot. He caught 71 passes for 1,147 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior and was named District 8-5A’s offensive sophomore of the year in 2016. He’s the son of former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown.

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1.Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
2.Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Uncommitted
3.DeMarvin LealDLConverse Judson (6A)Uncommitted
4.Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
5.Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Uncommitted
6.Theo Wease Jr.WRAllen (6A)Uncommitted
7.Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Uncommitted
8.NaNa Osafo-Mensah DEFort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
28.Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Oklahoma
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)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
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