San Antonio O'Connor offensive lineman Brannon Brown in a playoff game against Lake Travis. (Mike Craven)

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Breaking down the 2019 Fabulous 55: Nos. 30-26

Posted March 10th, 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. 30: Tamauzia Brown, athlete, Newton

Coppell 3-star safety Jonathan McGill is a top 30 player in Texas. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-1/175; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked athlete

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Texas offer? No

Top offers: Baylor, Arkansas, TCU

Analysis: Newton, a small Class 3A program near the Louisiana border in East Texas, is home to big-time talent. The program won a state title in 2017 thanks to players like Brown, who was named the District 10-3A MVP for the second consecutive season. Brown excels on both sides of the ball in high school, thriving as a big-play wide receiver and a lock-down cornerback. He has upside at both positions in college and could even play safety. However, it’s likely Brown ends up on the offensive side of the ball because of his playmaking ability.

No. 29: Jonathan McGill, safety, Coppell

FYI: 5-10/175; 3 stars; No. 34-ranked safety

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Stanford, Houston, Cal

Analysis: Size doesn’t matter for McGill, who is two inches from being a 4-star prospect and holds offers from every major program in the country. I don’t believe his height is a hindrance because he plays bigger. McGill is a swiss-army knife defender who can play safety, cornerback and in the slot. He’s also a great student and a true defensive leader. Stanford is the early leader for him. He recorded 80 tackles, two sacks, 10 pass breakups and an interception while adding nearly 1,000 yards of offense as a receiver and running back.

No. 28: Isaiah Spiller, running back, Klein Collins

FYI: 6-0.5/193; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked all-purpose running back

Texas offer? No

Committed: Oklahoma

Analysis: Spiller committed to Oklahoma toward the end of his junior season as he led Klein Collins on a deep playoff run. The son of former Texas A&M tight end Fred Spiller, Isaiah built his own reputation with a strong junior season. He went from second-team all-district as a sophomore to the District 15-6A offensive MVP as a junior after posting 1,284 yards and 23 touchdowns as a rusher. He added 313 yards and four touchdowns on 15 receptions. Spiller is a strong runner with big-play ability. He’s also a third-down specialist because of his ability to catch like a wide receiver.

No. 27: Grant Tisdale, quarterback, Allen

FYI: 6-1/204; 4 stars; No. 8-ranked dual-threat quarterback

Texas offer? No

Top offers: Ohio State, Baylor, Oregon, Tennessee

Analysis: Tisdale took the starting spot at Allen as a junior and lived up to the hype surrounding him during his junior varsity days. He led Allen to another state title in his first year as a starter, racking up 2,100 yards and 30 touchdowns through the air compared to just three interceptions. He added 1,090 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground, proving his dual-threat capabilities. Tisdale throws an effortless deep ball and can hurt defenses with his feet. He’s helped by playing at the largest high school in the state.

No. 26: Brannon Brown, offensive guard, San Antonio O’Connor

FYI: 6-5/295; 3 stars; No. 22-ranked guard

Texas offer? No

Committed: TCU

Analysis: Brown is a grinder who prefers to play in the interior of the offensive line rather than at tackle, where he’s spent some time at the prep level. He’s a college guard and recently pledged to TCU. Brown possesses excellent size and athleticism for an interior prospect and could play offensive tackle at TCU in a pinch. He’ll excel as a left guard who can block against the run and the pass. He needs a year to redshirt and transform his body into muscle, but he’s an excellent player and that is rare at the guard position in high school.

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

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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