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Arlington High School quarterback Jahari Rogers at spring practice. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: A closer look at the nine new prospects on the 2020 Fabulous 55

Posted June 4th, 2019

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The summer update of the 2020 Fabulous 55 was released Monday with nine new names among the state’s 55 best prospects in the current cycle. Among the nine new names include a pair of Oklahoma commits and two players pledged to out-of-state SEC programs. Here is a closer look at the nine new prospects on the list, and why each of them deserve a spot on the Fab 55:

Aldine MacArthur cornerback Joshua Eaton at the Under Armour camp in Houston. (Mike Craven)

Nate Anderson, offensive tackle, Frisco Reedy

FYI: 6-5/262; 4 stars; No. 25 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Committed to Oklahoma

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Why he made the list: Anderson chose Oklahoma over 21 other offers when he pledged to the defending Big 12 champions on May 6. He’s an agile tackle who spent the early part of his career at defensive end. A lack of ideal length could keep him from manning the left tackle position, but he’s a consistent prospect with the ability to play right tackle or either guard position if he can get his weight above 300 pounds once hes in a college strength and conditioning program. His upside is tremendous due to his footwork and rawness as an offensive lineman. His best football will be played in college.

Jahari Rogers, cornerback, Arlington

FYI: 6-0/170; 4 stars; No. 32 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Texas, Arkansas, Florida

Why he made the list: Rogers is an athletic freak capable of playing wherever he wants on a college football field. He stars at quarterback for Arlington, but stated a move to cornerback is in his future when I stopped by for a spring practice. He possesses the ideal height, length and athleticism to make a seamless transition to defense. He already participates at cornerback in elite 7-on-7 tournaments and at camps like The Opening. Texas is among a long list of suitors hoping to secure his signature. His willingness to move to cornerback made him an easy choice for the Fab 55.

Joshua Eaton, cornerback, Aldine MacArthur

FYI: 6-2/175; 3 stars; No. 41 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Alabama, Auburn, Texas, LSU

Why he made the list: Eaton isn’t a finished prospect. It’s his upside that intrigues coaches throughout the country. His offer list is as impressive as any cornerback in Texas. Eaton’s length gives him a physical advantage as a corner, and he’s shown enough hip flexibility and quickness at elite camps and on the 7-on-7 circuit to prove he can stick there. Eaton is also big enough to switch to safety. That versatility makes him one of the state’s top 55 prospects.

Ty’kieast Crawford, offensive tackle, Carthage

FYI: 6-5/318; 4 stars; No. 44 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Committed to Arkansas

Why he made the list: Crawford is a nasty East Texas lineman who flew somewhat under-the-radar as a junior. His recruiting momentum picked up and he pledged to Arkansas this spring. Crawford’s upside might be at guard where he can overpower defenders at the point of attack. His time spent at tackle will help him learn to block at the second level from an inside position. Right tackle is also a possibility if his footwork is up to par against edge rushers in the SEC.

Jerrin Thompson, safety, Lufkin

FYI: 6-0.5/183; 4 stars; No. 45 on the Fab 55

Top schools: LSU, Arkansas, Notre Dame

Why he made the list: Thompson is an athletic ball hawk who can cover like a cornerback and hit like a safety. His ability to play safety or at nickel gives him coveted versatility against spread offenses. Thompson isn’t just potential. He was a first-team all-district choice as a sophomore and the defensive MVP of his district as a junior. He’s next in the long list of athletic, versatile safeties from East Texas.

Garrettt Hayes, offensive tackle, Athens

FYI: 6-5/292; 4 stars; No. 46 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Arkansas, Texas A&M

Why he made the list: Hayes plays mean. It’s currently a two-team race between Texas A&M and Arkansas for the four-star tackle. He’s a run blocker first, but some of that is the scheme utilized at Athens. He’ll need to prove himself as a pass blocker in college to remain at tackle. Right tackle seems like his logical position in college, though a future at guard could be in play. Hayes is a rare prep offensive lineman who doesn’t carry a lot of bad weight. That should help him transition to the college game sooner than most linemen who spend the first year in college reworking their bodies.

Kitan Crawford, cornerback, John Tyler

FYI: 5-11/200; 4 stars; No. 49 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Texas, Tennessee, Baylor

Why he made the list: Crawford could win the 100-meter dash as a senior after strong showings at the Texas Relays and at the state track meet. He’s uniquely gifted as an athlete, and he’ll only improve as a football player as he dedicates more time to the gridiron and less on the track. Crawford is a powerfully built cornerback who never shies from contact. It’s his pure speed that makes him a true high-end prospect.

Ryan Watts, cornerback, Little Elm

FYI: 6-2.5/187; 4 stars; No. 50 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Committed to Oklahoma

Why he made the list: Watts is a long cornerback with the size to transition to safety if he can’t cover elite wide receivers on the edge once he gets to college. Oklahoma likes his blend of size and hip fluidity. Watts is plenty quick despite his long frame. His length provides him advantages in man-coverage.

Avery Helm, cornerback, Fort Bend Marshall

FYI: 6-2/170; 4 stars; No. 54 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Committed to Florida

Why he made the list: Helm is another long cornerback prospect. Big cornerbacks are the new normal, and Helm is plenty fast enough to stick at that position despite his frame. He helped Fort Bend Marshall reach the Class 5A Division II state championship game. He intercepted three passes as a junior. He committed to Florida in May.  

RANK (PREV.)PLAYER POS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2. (2)Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Texas
3. (3)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
4. (7)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Uncommitted
5. (13)Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
6. (19)Drew SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
7. (8)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Oklahoma
8. (6)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Uncommitted
9. (5)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas A&M
10. (10)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
11. (32)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
12. (12)Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
13. (22)Alfred CollinsDEBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
14. (26)Jalen Kimber CBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
15. (17)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
16. (9)Malik Hornsby QBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
17. (4)Dwight McGlothernCBKlein Oak (6A)Uncommitted
18. (51)Haynes KingQBLongview (6A)Uncommitted
19. (28)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Uncommitted
20. (18)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Uncommitted
21. (15)Alec BryantDEAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)LSU
22. (16)Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)Uncommitted
23. (23)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
24. (14)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
25. (NR)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
26. (11)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
27. (27)Jake MajorsCProsper (6A)Texas
28. (31)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Uncommitted
29. (43)Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
30. (24)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Uncommitted
31. (36)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Uncommitted
32. (NR)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Uncommitted
33. (20)Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Uncommitted
34. (29)Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
35. (25)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)TCU
36. (30)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Uncommitted
37. (21)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
38. (45)Brennon ScottLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Uncommitted
39. (52)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)Uncommitted
40. (40)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
41. (NR)Joshua EatonCBAldine MacArhur (6A)Uncommitted
42. (54)Ken SealsQBWeatherford (6A)Vanderbilt
43. (46)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
44. (NR)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Arkansas
45. (NR)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Uncommitted
46. (NR)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)Uncommitted
47. (42)Josh WhiteOLBCy CreekLSU
48. (49)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Uncommitted
49. (NR)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
50. (NR)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Oklahoma
51. (37)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
52. (55)Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Uncommitted
53. (33)Damieon GeorgeOTGalena Park North Shore (6A)Alabama
54. (NR)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
55. (47)Trent PullenOGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State

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