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Duncanville 2021 offensive tackle Savion Byrd at the Under Armour Camp in Dallas. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: The Next 25 ranks the state of Texas’ top prospects for 2021

Posted July 30th, 2019

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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. 

Bellaire Episcopal offensive tackle Donovan Jackson ranks No. 1 on the 2021 Next 25.

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. 

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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. 

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1.Donovan JacksonOTBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Uncommitted
2.Tommy BrockermeyerOTFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Uncommitted
3.Savion ByrdOTDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
4. Camar WheatonRBLakeview Centennial (6A)Uncommitted
5.Landon JacksonDETexarkana Pleasant Grove (4A)Uncommitted
6.Preston StoneQBParish Episcopal (TAPPS)Uncommitted
7.Tunmise AdeleyeDEKaty Tompkins (6A)Uncommitted
8.Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
9.Shadrach BanksWRGalena Park North Shore (6A)Texas A&M
10. Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tompkins (6A)Texas
11.Bryce FosterOGKaty Taylor (6A)Uncommitted
12.Marcus BurrisDTTexarkana Pleasant Grove (4A)Uncommitted
13.Cody JacksonWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
14.Reuben Fatheree IIOTRichmond Foster (5A)Uncommitted
15.Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Uncommitted
16.Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor (6A)Texas
17.Derrick Harris Jr.OLBNew Caney (5A)Uncommitted
18.Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Uncommitted
19.Quay DavisWRDallas Skyline (6A)Texas
20.Latrell McCutchin CBAustin L.B.J. (5A)Alabama
21.Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Uncommitted
22.Kendrick BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
23. Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Uncommitted
24.JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)Uncommitted
25.Landyn WatsonDEHutto (5A)LSU

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