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The Dotted Line: Biggest movers, two new names on the 2019 Fab 55

Posted August 10th, 2018

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The updated 2019 Fabulous 55 was released and it brought upon changes to the list after a summer filled with elite camps and 7-on-7 tournaments. There wasn’t a ton of major movement. Only two new players made the list, and the biggest move was 18 spots by Texas A&M commit and Brock tight end Baylor Cupp. He and TCU offensive tackle commit Kori Roberson are the only players that moved up more than 10 spots. Below, we take a closer look at the players who moved up the most, as well as the two new names on the list:

Newton running back Darwin Barlow is a member of the 2019 Fabulous 55. (Mike Craven)

Biggest movers

Baylor Cupp, tight end, Brock

Fab 55 ranking: 16th

Spots moved: 18

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Cupp is a four-star tight end who continues to improve as a receiving threat. He’s a blocking force at 6-6, 235 pounds, and showed all summer that he can use his big body and hands to make highlight plays against smaller defenders. Cupp is simply a bully, and that’s a compliment. He’s a true three-down tight end in an era when most tight ends are overgrown tackles or lanky basketball player types who need to grow into the position. Cupp was a first-team all-district selection as a junior.

Steven Parker, defensive end, South Oak Cliff

Fab 55 ranking: 38th

Spots moved: 7

Parker flies under the radar because of his early commitment to Texas Tech. He pledged in May 2017 and has remained steadfast on his commitment despite recent interest from blue-blood programs including Texas. Parker is a terror off the edge and could become the best pure pass rusher in Texas for the 2019 cycle. Parker was the District 11-5A Defensive MVP as a junior after compiling 86 tackles and 13 sacks. Twenty-one of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. There is always a premium on pass rushers on the recruiting trail and Parker excels off the edge.

Darwin Barlow, running back, Newton

Fab 55 ranking: 39th

Spots moved: 9

Barlow isn’t the biggest, fastest or strongest running back in the state. That doesn’t stop his production for Newton, the defending Class 3A Division II state champion. He arrived on the scene as a sophomore, rushing for 1,108 yards and 13 touchdowns. His numbers doubled as a junior, racking up 2,246 yards rushing and 38 touchdowns on the ground. He added 14 catches for 189 yards and four touchdowns. That versatility makes him a valuable prospect with offers from programs like TCU, Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

Andrew Coker, offensive tackle, Katy Taylor

Fab 55 ranking: 41st

Spots moved: 12

Coker completely reshaped his body during the offseason, replacing fat with muscle as he leaned down into one of the best offensive tackle prospects in the state. It’s helped him with his footwork and athletic ability, allowing him to handle the speed rushers at elite camps like The Opening regional in Houston earlier in the year. Coker, a TCU commit, is a 6-5, 310-pound wall at tackle and he gets to face high-end defensive linemen every day in practice at Katy Taylor. Texas and Texas A&M are still chasing Coker despite his commitment to the Horned Frogs.

Kori Roberson, defensive end, Manvel

Fab 55 ranking: 42nd

Spots moved: 9

Manvel never lacks talent. Roberson is next in a long line of defensive specimens to roll through the Manvel locker room. He’s a big, agile end who could grow into a three-technique defensive tackle once he hits the weight room at Oklahoma. Roberson arrived on the recruiting stage during an impressive playoff run, which ended in the Class 5A Division II state championship game against Highland Park. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior after recording 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

New names

Daimarqua Foster, running back, Wichita Falls Hirschi

FYI: 5-10/195; 4 stars; No. 51 on the 2019 Fab 55

Foster is a TCU commit who put up video game numbers as a junior in Class 4A. He was named the 4A offensive player of the year by the Associated Press after compiling 3,270 yards and 46 touchdowns on the ground. He added 13 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver. Foster is also an electric punt and kick returner. He was the district offensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore after rushing for 705 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 74 carries.

Layden Robinson, center, Manvel

FYI: 6-3.5/310; 3 stars; No. 53 on the 2019 Fab 55

Robinson exudes physicality. He treats camp like Friday Night Lights, and it built him a reputation as one of the toughest offensive linemen in the state. He doesn’t have the size or length to translate to the outside as a tackle, which keeps his recruiting stock down in an age where offensive tackles are coveted above all else. Centers are hard to find, however, and Robinson is clearly the second-best center in the state behind Stanford commit Branson Bragg.

 

RANK (PREV)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Ohio State
2. (6)Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Texas A&M
3. (2)DeMarvin LealDEConverse Judson (6A)Texas A&M
4. (3)Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
5. (5)Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Texas
6. (9)Trejan BridgesWRCarrolton Hebron (6A)Oklahoma
7. (10)Theo WeaseWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma
8. (8)Austin StognerTEPrestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)Oklahoma
9. (7)NaNa Osafo-MensahDEFort Worth Nolan CatholicNotre Dame
10. (13)Jeffery CarterCBMansfield Legacy (6A)Texas A&M
11. (4)Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
12. (14)Marcel BrooksOLBFlower Mound (6A)LSU
13. (15)Marcus StriplingDEMayde Creek (6A)Uncommitted
14. (20)Dylan WrightWRWest Mesquite (5A)Texas A&M
15. (19)Demani RichardsonSWaxahachie (6A)Texas A&M
16. (34)Baylor CuppTEBrock (3A)Texas A&M
17. (18)Jalen CatalonSMansfield Legacy (6A)Uncommitted
18. (17)Marquez BeasonCBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Illinois
19. (12)Marcus BanksCBSpring Dekaney (6A)LSU
20. (11)Grant GunnellQBSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Arizona
21. (16)Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Oklahoma
22. (24)Lewis CineSTrinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
23. (23)Elijah HigginsWRAustin Bowie (6A)Uncommitted
24. (22)Erick YoungCBFort Bend Bush (6A)Texas A&M
25. (26)Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (6A)Texas
26. (27)Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest (4A)Texas
27. (25)EJ Ndoma-OgarOGAllen (6A)Oklahoma
28. (29)Branson BraggCCrandall (4A)Stanford
29. (31)Jaylen EllisWRRound Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)Baylor
30. (21)Jalen CurryWRSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
31. (37)Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Texas A&M
32. (30)Tamauzia BrownATHNewton (3A)Uncommitted
33. (28)Bobby WolfeCBHouston Madison (6A)Texas A&M
34. (32)David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch (6A)Uncommitted
35. (35)Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Uncommitted)
36. (38)T'Vondre SweatDEHuntsville (5A)Texas
37. (33)Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Texas A&M
38. (45)Steven ParkerDESouth Oak Cliff (5A)Texas Tech
39. (48)Darwin BarlowRBNewton (3A)Uncommitted
40. (40)Braedon MowryDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
41. (53)Andrew CokerOTKaty Taylor (6A)TCU
42. (51)Kori RobersonDEManvel (5A)Oklahoma
43. (42) Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
44. (46)Velton GardnerATHDallas Skyline (6A)Kansas State
45. (47)Jamal MorrisSFort Bend Bush (6A)Oklahoma
46. (43)Jonathan McGillSCoppell (5A)Uncommitted
47. (41)Myles BrooksOLBPflugerville HendricksonArkansas
48. (39)Hunter SpearsDTSachse (6A)Notre Dame
49. (52)Gilbert Ibeneme DEPearland (6A)Texas Tech
50. (54)Marques CaldwellCBAlvin (6A)Texas
51. (NR)Daimarqua FosterRBWichita Falls Hirschi (4A)TCU
52. (44)Josh EllisonDTA&M Consolidated (5A)Texas A&M
53. (NR)Layden RobinsonCManvel (5A)Texas A&M
54. (55)Thomas GordonTEStrake Jesuit (6A)Northwestern
55. (49)David UgwoegbuDEKaty Seven Lakes (6A)Uncommitted

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