The world of recruiting is concentrated on juniors more than ever before with the advent of the early signing period and the ability for prospects to take official visits before their senior season. The trend of early commitments is snowballing into the norm.
Ten of the top 11 prospects on the 2020 Fabulous 55 are already committed. In total, 37 from the Fab 55 are pledged before the start of their senior season and that number should reach 40 to 45 before the first games at the end of August. Classes are filling up and the focus is shifting to keeping the 2020 class together while starting hot in 2021.
Take the Longhorns, for example. Tom Herman has been notoriously slow to offer. He wants an offer to mean something and the Longhorns rank among the lowest offer totals in each of the past three cycles. Even Herman is recognizing the trend and adapting. He only took commitments from quarterbacks Roschon Johnson (2019) and Hudson Card (2020) before the start of their junior seasons.
The Longhorns already hold five 2021 commitments. That’s a shift in philosophy.
Early evaluations bare more weight in this recruiting cycle. Coaching staffs were always hesitant to take early commitments in the past because a lot can change between now and signing day. Players can change their mind. The staff may like a different player as the prospects mature and improve. Remember, these guys can’t sign until December of 2020 at the earliest.
This is the new reality. With seniors already choosing destinations, the focus shifts toward the next batch of recruits. The 2021 class is at the plate, and here are the Next 25 prospects recruiting fans within the state need to know.
|1.||Donovan Jackson||OT||Bellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)||Uncommitted|
|2.||Tommy Brockermeyer||OT||Fort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)||Uncommitted|
|3.||Savion Byrd||OT||Duncanville (6A)||Uncommitted|
|4.||Camar Wheaton||RB||Lakeview Centennial (6A)||Uncommitted|
|5.||Landon Jackson||DE||Texarkana Pleasant Grove (4A)||Uncommitted|
|6.||Preston Stone||QB||Parish Episcopal (TAPPS)||Uncommitted|
|7.||Tunmise Adeleye||DE||Katy Tompkins (6A)||Uncommitted|
|8.||Ja'Tavion Sanders||ATH||Denton Ryan (5A)||Uncommitted|
|9.||Shadrach Banks||WR||Galena Park North Shore (6A)||Texas A&M|
|10.||Jalen Milroe||QB||Katy Tompkins (6A)||Texas|
|11.||Bryce Foster||OG||Katy Taylor (6A)||Uncommitted|
|12.||Marcus Burris||DT||Texarkana Pleasant Grove (4A)||Uncommitted|
|13.||Cody Jackson||WR||Richmond Foster (5A)||Uncommitted|
|14.||Reuben Fatheree II||OT||Richmond Foster (5A)||Uncommitted|
|15.||Clayton Smith||OLB||Texas High (6A)||Uncommitted|
|16.||Hayden Conner||OT||Katy Taylor (6A)||Texas|
|17.||Derrick Harris Jr.||OLB||New Caney (5A)||Uncommitted|
|18.||Jordon Thomas||DE||Port Arthur Memorial (5A)||Uncommitted|
|19.||Quay Davis||WR||Dallas Skyline (6A)||Texas|
|20.||Latrell McCutchin||CB||Austin L.B.J. (5A)||Alabama|
|21.||Hunter Washington||CB||Katy (6A)||Uncommitted|
|22.||Kendrick Blackshire||ILB||Duncanville (6A)||Uncommitted|
|23.||Latrell Neville||WR||Fort Bend Hightower (6A)||Uncommitted|
|24.||JoJo Earle||WR||Aledo (5A)||Uncommitted|
|25.||Landyn Watson||DE||Hutto (5A)||LSU|