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Austin, TX; Cedar Creek Eagles defensive lineman Alfred Collins (99) returns to the bench with a handshake from teammate defensive back Dalen Jackson (1) 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: The latest on the seven remaining uncommitted Fabulous 55 prospects

Posted January 13th, 2020

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The impact of the early signing period in December is illustrated by the lack of uncommitted prospects remaining on the 2020 Fabulous 55. Only seven prospects remain without a school as national signing day inches is three weeks away. Most prospects elect to sign in December, but a select few remain, including a pair of top-20 prospects:

 

Five-star running back Zach Evans competes at North Shore spring practice. (Mike Craven)

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 5-11/200; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked running back 

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Fab 55 rank: 1

Top schools: Texas A&M, LSU

Off-field issues resulted in Evans being suspended for the Class 6A Division I state championship win over Duncanville. And his strong performance at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando was marred by news that Georgia had decided to reject his national letter of intent. That left the nation’s top-rated running back without a home. Character questions surround Evans, but there is no doubting his talent. He looks destined for College Station and Jimbo Fisher. He’s a future star if he matures and stays out of the doghouse. 

Alfred Collins, defensive tackle, Bastrop Cedar Creek 

FYI: 6-5/275; 4 stars; No. 71-ranked nationally 

Fab 55 rank: 20

Top schools: Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma 

Collins has insisted throughout his recruitment that he’d take his time, his visits and then decide late in the cycle. The big man held true to his word and remains the second-highest rated uncommitted prospect in Texas. Collins participated in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, impressing with his rare combination of size and footwork. Texas hopes to pair him with four-star signee Vernon Broughton. The Longhorns are the favorites to land the local prospect. 

Malik Hornsby, quarterback, Fort Bend Marshall

FYI: 6-2/175; 4 stars; No. 8 dual-threat quarterback 

Fab 55 rank: 27

Top schools: Baylor, Arkansas, Purdue, North Carolina

Baylor was emerging as the favorite to land the talented dual-threat quarterback before head coach Matt Rhule left for the Carolina Panthers. Baylor has yet to name a replacement. That means Hornsby is back to square one. He’s a one-time commitment to Mack Brown and North Carolina. Purdue is also in the mix. Hornsby led Marshall to consecutive title games in Class 5A Division II. 

Princely Umanmielen, defensive end, Manor

FYI: 6-4/249; 4 stars; No. 12-ranked strong-side defensive end 

Fab 55 rank: 33

Top schools: Baylor, Auburn, Texas, Florida

Like Hornsby, Umanmielen was trending toward Baylor before Rhule left for the NFL. That puts other programs back in the mix, including Texas, a team Umanmielen had pledged to before the season. The local product backed off that commitment in October. Texas hopes the hiring of defensive coordinator Chris Ash, and the upcoming move to a four-man front, helps get Umanmielen back in the fold. Florida and Auburn are also in the mix. The Gators might be the leader. 

Kelvontre Bradford, running back, Lancaster

FYI: 5-11/193; 4 stars; No. 14-ranked running back 

Fab 55 rank: 40 

Top schools: Florida State, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin 

Bradford keeps a low profile for a player who rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his prep career. The talented running back rushed for 1,563 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, adding 12 catches for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He’s explosive with legitimate track speed. 

Kelvontay Dixon, wide receiver, Carthage

FYI: 6-0/180; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked athlete

Fab 55 rank: 52

Top schools: Texas, UTSA, Baylor, Arkansas 

Dixon, the younger brother of Texas running back Keaontay Ingram, was focused on winning a Class 4A Division I state championship the week of the early signing period. He was pledged to Arkansas before the Razorbacks fired  Chad Morris. The Longhorns are the clear favorite, but don’t discount a run by UTSA because of new coach Jeff Traylor and his strong ties to East Texas. The Longhorns want another receiver after losing Quentin Johnston to TCU in December. 

Ty’Kiest Crawford, offensive tackle, Carthage

FYI: 6-5/335; 4 stars; No. 20-ranked tackle 

Fab 55 rank: 55

Top schools: LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas

Crawford is a teammate of Dixon, and like Dixon he backed away from his commitment to Arkansas when Morris was let go. Arizona and UTSA recently offered, too, and Indiana and Purdue offered during the season. Crawford’s talent suggests he’ll be an in-demand prospect down the stretch. 

2020 Fabulous 55 - Winter edition

The updated 2020 55 following the 2019 season.
RANK (PREV.)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2. (3)Jaylon JonesDBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
3. (5)Drew SandersOLBDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
4. (2)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
5. (4)Ja'Quinden JacksonQBDuncanville (6A)Texas
6. (20)Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
7. (11)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
8. (9)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Alabama
9. (7)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Texas
10. (18)Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
11. (10)Haynes KingQBLongview (5A)Texas A&M
12. (8)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
13. (17)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
14. (45)Jalin ConyersTEGruver (2A)Oklahoma
15. (12)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)TCU
16. (52)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)TCU
17. (19)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Texas
18. (26)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
19. (15)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Texas
20. (14)Alfred CollinsDTBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
21. (35)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
22. (40)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Oklahoma
23. (23)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Stanford
24. (34)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Texas
25. (6)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Georgia
26. (13)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
27. (25)Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Arkansas
28. (32)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Florida
29. (33)Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
30. (27)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
31. (NR)Jahdae BarronCBPflugerville Connally (5A)Baylor
32. (41)Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
33. (22)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Florida
34. (30)Jake MajorsOCProsper (6A)Texas
35. (21)Alec BryantOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Virginia Tech
36. (NR)Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll (6A)Texas
37. (NR)Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Texas Tech
38. (44)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
39. (47)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Penn State
40. (46)Kevontre BradfordRBLancaster (6A)LSU
41. (48)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
42. (38)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Oklahoma
43. (31)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
44. (49)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Ohio State
45. (51)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
46. (50)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47. (24)Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Auburn
48. (16)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas
49. (55)Trent Pullen OGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
50. (36)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
51. (37)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)Baylor
52. (NR)Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage (4A)Texas
53. (53)Chandler MorrisQBHighland Park (5A)Auburn
54. (42)Brennan ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)UNLV
55. (43)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Kilgore College (JUCO)

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