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Austin, TX; Cedar Creek Eagles defensive lineman Alfred Collins (99) rushes the line against the Akin Eagles during the fourth quarter at the non-district football game on Sept 5, 2019, at the Toney Burger Stadium. [JOHN GUTIERREZ/FOR STATESMAN]

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The Dotted Line: Five of the state’s top Fabulous 55 prospects remain uncommitted

Posted November 12th, 2019

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The introduction of the early signing period sped up the recruiting process. Fewer recruits enter their senior seasons uncommitted. Only 11 members of the 2020 Fabulous 55 remain so entering the first week of the high school playoffs. Let’s take a closer look at where the five highest-ranked prospects on the list stand in their recruitment with five weeks until the early signing period:

 

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

Galena Park North Shore running back Zachary Evans is the top-rated player in Texas high school football. [JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR STATESMAN]
Fab 55 ranking: 1st

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Teams in contention: LSU, Georgia, Texas A&M, Alabama 

The latest: The nation’s top-ranked running back prospect appears destined for the SEC. Evans took an official visit to LSU on Oct. 26. He’s also visited Alabama and Georgia during the season. I’d imagine he  waits until the early signing period and makes his commitment live on television with the safe bet being LSU.  Some consider him the top overall prospect in the entire 2020 class. He led North Shore to a Class 6A Division I state championship as a junior. 

Alfred Collins, defensive end, Bastrop Cedar Creek

Fab 55 ranking: 15th

Teams in contention: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma 

The latest: Most recruiting experts believe it’s a matter of if, not when, Collins will pledge to the Longhorns. The local talent plays 20 miles from campus and his mom, Benita Pollard, played basketball at Texas. Collins is a big-bodied lineman built to play in the three-man front preferred by UT defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Collins has hinted at announcing in January at the All-American Game in San Antonio. 

Princely Umanmielen, defensive end, Manor

Fab 55 ranking: 22nd

Teams in contention: Auburn, Florida, USC

The latest: The big-bodied lineman de-committed from the Longhorns in October and appears likely to leave the state. Florida, Auburn and USC offered him as his recruitment opened up. He’s planning an official visit to Florida on Nov. 29. He’s likely to take visits to Auburn and USC as well. The Trojans offered him on Oct. 30. Umanmielen wants to remain an end in a four-man front rather than grow into an interior defensive lineman. 

EJ Smith, running back, Dallas Jesuit

Fab 55 ranking: 23rd

Teams in contention: Stanford, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia

The latest: Smith played only six games before suffering a season-ending hand injury. He’s one of the most dynamic and well-rounded running backs in the state, and is gaining recruiting traction and attention from major programs across the country. Stanford was the favorite in the summer, but renewed interest from Ohio State, Texas A&M and Florida means he’s in for a tough decision in December. He’s the son of NFL legend Emmitt Smith. 

Malik Hornsby, quarterback, Fort Bend Marshall

Fab 55 ranking: 25th

The latest: Hornsby led Fort Bend Marshall to a state championship appearance as a junior. He’s a winner with an insane amount of athleticism. He was once committed to North Carolina, but he backed off over the summer. He has taken official visits to Purdue and Maryland this season. The dual-threat quarterback keeps a low profile and does a great job of not tipping his hand on the recruiting circuit. He was talented enough to pick up offers from Texas and Texas A&M, though both of those teams found other in-state options at quarterback for the 2020 cycle. 

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

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