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Ryan defensive back Billy Bowman Jr. (2) intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown against Lone Star at Allen's Eagle Stadium, Saturday, December 14, 2019, in Allen, Texas.

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The Dotted Line: The Fab 55’s top 10 opens with future Longhorns Jalen Milroe, Billy Bowman

Posted March 30th, 2020

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The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA prohibited in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. March and April are normally important months as recruits take visits to campus and college coaches fan out across the nation to scout talent.

The Dotted Line has been focusing on the 2021 Fabulous 55, breaking down the skill set and recruiting situations of each player on the list, continuing with Nos. 10-6, which include a pair of Texas commitments:

Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe is a Texas commitment in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

No. 10: Jalen Milroe, quarterback, Katy Tompkins

FYI: 6-1, 192; 4-stars; No. 5-ranked dual-threat QB

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Texas offer? Yes (22 total; committed to Texas)

Milroe is Texas’ longest standing commitment — he pledged to the Longhorns in July 2019, picking UT over programs like Alabama and Texas A&M. He is best known as a winner and a leader. He led Tompkins to the playoffs for the first time in school history in 2018 and did that again in 2019. He has accounted for 4,109 yards passing and 39 touchdowns over his past two seasons, adding 987 yards and 18 touchdowns as a rusher. He was the District 19-6A newcomer of the year as a sophomore and the overall MVP of the district as a junior. 

No. 9: Shadrach Banks, wide receiver, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 6-0, 210; 4-stars; No. 14-ranked WR

Texas offer? Yes (31 total; committed to Texas A&M)

Most high school fans remember Banks from his performance in the 2018 Class 6A Division I state championship game win over Duncanville. He was named offensive player of the game in that epic showdown that ended on a last-second Hail Mary. The Texas A&M commit caught 60 passes for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore. He played in only five games last year as a junior because of a leg injury, yet still had 22 catches for 426 yards and six touchdowns. Banks is the top-rated pledge in A&M’s current three-man class.  

No. 8: Preston Stone, quarterback, Dallas Parish Episcopal

FYI: 6-2, 205; 4-stars; No. 4-ranked dual-threat QB

Texas offer? Yes (45 total; committed to SMU)

The top 10 of the Fabulous 55 is peppered with private school stars and Stone is among the best of the group from TAPPS. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who gained offers from 45 programs before selecting SMU over a host of elite powers in January at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Stone became the first junior to announce his commitment at the game, and he’ll play in the event after his senior season.

He led Parish Episcopal to a state title as a junior, throwing for 3,271 yards and 37 touchdowns. He added 876 yards and 11 touchdowns on 94 rushing attempts. Stone is a playmaker, having starting since he was a freshman and throwing for nearly 10,000 yards in his career. He’s accounted for 134 total touchdowns and would be the best recruit to sign with SMU in decades if the Mustangs can keep him pledged through signing day. 

No. 7: Savion Byrd, offensive tackle, Duncanville

FYI: 6-5, 265; 4-stars; No. 5-ranked OT

Texas offer? Yes (21 total)

Byrd would be the best offensive line prospect in the state most years. Unfortunately for him, the 2021 class is stacked with borderline five-star prospects including Tommy Brockermeyer, Donovan Jackson and Bryce Foster. Byrd is a big, athletic prospect who has yet to reach his ceiling. He isn’t as polished as the three linemen ranked behind him, but Byrd might possess more upside than any of them because of his combination of size and natural athleticism. Byrd started at defensive tackle for Duncanville as a junior. 

No. 6: Billy Bowman Jr., athlete, Denton Ryan

FYI: 5-10, 175; 4-stars; No. 2-ranked ATH

Texas offer? Yes (28 total; committed to Texas)

Texas has struck gold twice at Denton Ryan in the 2021 cycle. Bowman is an electric athlete who can play wide receiver or safety at the college level. His teammate, Ja’Tavion Sanders, is the third-ranked player on the Fab 55 and the Longhorns’ highest-rated commit. They are the top two-ranked athletes in the entire country. Bowman helped Ryan reach the Class 5A Division I state championship game. As a junior, he caught 54 passes for 824 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense. He added 55 tackles and three interception returns for touchdowns on defense. He’s also incredible as a punt and kickoff returner. 

Previous outlooks: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 35-31 | 30-26 | 25-21 | 20-16 |

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Donovan JacksonOGBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Ohio State
2. Tommy BrockermeyerOTFort Worth All Saints Episcopal (TAPPS)Uncommitted
3. Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
4.Landon JacksonDETexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)LSU
5. Bryce FosterOGKaty Taylor (6A)Uncommitted
6.Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
7. Savion ByrdOTDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
8. Preston StoneQBParish Episcopal (TAPPS)SMU
9.Shadrach BanksWRGalena Park North Shore (6A)Texas A&M
10.Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tompkins (6A)Texas
11. Marcus BurrisDTTexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)Uncommitted
12.LJ JohnsonRBCy-Fair (6A)Uncommitted
13. Cody JacksonWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
14.Quaydarius DavisWRDallas Skyline (6A)USC
15.Camar WheatonRBGarland Lakeview Centennial (6A)Uncommitted
16.Latrell McCutchinCBAustin LBJ (4A)Uncommitted
17. JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)LSU
18. Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Uncommitted
19.Dematrius DavisQBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
20. Reuben FathereeOTRichmond Foster (5A)Uncommitted
21.Dametrious CrownoverTEGrandview (3A)Uncommitted
22. Sawyer RobertsonQBLubbock Coronado (5A)Mississippi State
23.Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Oklahoma
24.Theodore KnoxWRThe Woodlands (6A)Uncommitted
25. Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Texas
26.Derrick Harris Jr.OLBNew Caney (5A)Texas
27.Kendall BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
28. Ketron JacksonWRRoyse City (5A)Uncommitted
29.Landyn WatsonDEHutto (5A)Uncommitted
30.Eli StowersQBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
31. Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor (6A)Texas
32.JD CoffeySKennedale (4A)Uncommitted
33.Brandon CampbellRBLamar Consolidated (5A)USC
34.Cullen MontgomeryOTBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Oklahoma
35.Behren MortonQBEastland (3A)Texas Tech
36. Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Florida State
37.KJ LigginsWRDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
38. Shemar TurnerDEDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted
39.Jaeden RobertsOGGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
40.James BrockermeyerOCFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Uncommitted
41. Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
42.Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Uncommitted
43.Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Virginia Tech
44. Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
45.Erick CadeOTBraswell (5A)Uncommitted
46. Deuce HarmonCBDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
47.Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
48. Lake McReeTELake Travis (6A)Uncommitted
49.Cam'Ron ValdezRBRockdale (4A)Uncommitted
50.Matthew WykoffOTMagnolia (5A)Texas A&M
51.Jordan JenkinsRBLindale (5A)Baylor
52.David AbiaraDEMansfield Legacy (5A)Notre Dame
53.E'maurion BanksDEWichita Falls Rider (5A)Texas Tech
54.Shedeur SandersQBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
55.Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted

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