Four prospects can make the case for being the top player in Texas for the 2019 recruiting class. That designation was placed on current Longhorn B.J. Foster in 2018, followed by Caden Sterns. Texas won’t sign multiple players in the top five this cycle. The top wide receiver is headed to Ohio State. The top offensive and defensive linemen will wear maroon at Texas A&M. The best athlete is headed to LSU.
The updated 2019 Fabulous 55 will debut in mid-December before the early signing period. The seniors can sign national letters of intent starting on Dec. 19. Players who choose not to sign during the three-day early window must wait until national signing day in February. Nearly 80 percent of the 2018 Power Five commitments signed early last year.
The four prospects that are vying for that No. 1 Fab 55 ranking:
Garrett Wilson, wide receiver, Lake Travis
Committed: Ohio State
FYI: 6-0.5/181; 5 stars; No. 16-ranked nationally
Case for: Wilson is the best prospect from the Austin area since former Lake Travis and UT/SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Wilson is an elite receiver and athlete. The Columbus native chose Ohio State over the Longhorns and his pick of nearly any other program in the country. He’s a smooth route runner who can play outside or in the slot. His hands are outstanding and his highlight reel is extensive. Wilson even stars at cornerback when Lake Travis faces elite receivers. Wilson currently holds the No. 1 spot on the Fabulous 55 from our August list.
Kenyon Green, offensive tackle, Humble Atascocita
Committed: Texas A&M
FYI: 6-4/330; 5 stars; No. 13-ranked nationally
Case for: The top offensive lineman in the class always is in the discussion for top player on the Fab 55 because of scarcity. It’s hard to find truly elite big men with a nasty streak and athleticism. Green became a top prospect as a sophomore and never disappointed in game or camp settings. The only knock on him could be his lack of ideal height to remain a tackle if he reaches the NFL. That won’t matter in College Station. Green is a potential all-conference performer at right tackle and an NFL draft pick at guard.
DeMarvin Leal, defensive end, Converse Judson
Committed: Texas A&M
FYI: 6-4/280; 4 stars; No. 51-ranked nationally
Case for: Leal is the best defensive lineman in Texas and it might not be close. He’s the size of a defensive tackle. He’s quick enough to play defensive end. It’s a scary combination and one that allowed him to become a wanted man on the recruiting trail. He picked A&M early in cycle and has yet to waver on that pledge despite constant pressure from programs like Texas. Leal can play three-technique in a four-man front or at end in an odd-man front. Either way, he possesses star potential.
Marcel Brooks, outside linebacker, Flower Mound
FYI: 6-3/195; 4 stars; No. 85-ranked nationally
Case for: There’s not a player in the state as naturally gifted as Brooks. He’s truly a special athlete with no ceiling as a football player. He’s the unquestioned top linebacker prospect in the state and he’s not a bad offensive player. He’ll settle in on defense at LSU and be one of those edge players who thrives in Baton Rouge because of his raw skills and pass rushing ability. The only thing Brooks needs to add to his game is a college weight program.