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Duncanville quarterback Ja'Quinden Jackson at The Opening regional in Dallas. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Predicting the destinations of the Fabulous 55’s top uncommitted players

Posted May 8th, 2019

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Exactly half of the top 20 on the 2020 Fabulous 55 are already committed. It’s the new way in recruiting with juniors able to take official visits and the early signing period in December. Decisions are made sooner. Texas holds five pledges as its momentum slowed in April. The Longhorns stand a great chance of earning commitments from half of the top prospects remaining in the state, however. Here are my predictions:

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

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

FYI: 5-11/200; 5 stars; No. 1 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Texas

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Evans is the biggest prize in the 2020 class and the Longhorns are in good shape with commitments from three offensive linemen. The key to landing Evans might be swaying high school teammate Damieon George. There is no shortage of suitors for Evans and this one likely goes all the way to the early signing period or beyond with Texas competing with Texas A&M, LSU and Alabama. Evans is the highest-rated prospect in the state since Tom Herman took over as head coach at UT.  

Ja’Quinden Jackson, athlete, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/219; 4 stars; No. 2 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Texas

It’s still unclear what position Jackson plans to play in college. He says quarterback will remain his position. A college would be smart to let him arrive on campus in any capacity and let his natural talents and body growth determine his position. Jackson led Duncanville to the Class 6A Division I title game, but he’s still more athlete than quarterback. He doesn’t talk much about the recruiting process, but the Longhorns are in good position.

Dwight McGlothern, cornerback, Klein Oak

FYI: 6-1.5/180; 4 stars; No. 4 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Georgia  

Georgia is enjoying success in Texas so far in the 2020 cycle and McGlothern could be another Fab 55 defensive back readying for a move to Athens. McGlothern is a long, rangy cornerback with an enormously high ceiling if he puts it all together and matures on and off the field. There might not be a more naturally gifted corner in Texas.

Troy Omeire, wide receiver, Fort Bend Austin

FYI: 6-3.5/217; 4 stars; No. 5 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Texas  

This is a two-team battle between Texas and Texas A&M with rumblings of Omeire leaning toward a commitment to Texas after multiple visits during spring ball. He recently took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M and that put the Aggies squarely in the mix for the high-end wide receiver from Fort Bend County. This is a coin-flip at the moment with sources on both sides feeling good about their standing with Omeire.

Vernon Broughton, defensive tackle, Houston Cypress Ridge

FYI: 6-5/289; 4 stars; No. 6 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Texas

Broughton is fresh off an official visit to Texas and the Longhorns are the overwhelming favorites to land the big-bodied defensive lineman. The four-star is growing into a defensive tackle after beginning his career on the edge. That athleticism coupled with his massive frame gives him potential to play two or three positions on Texas’ defensive front. Alabama and Texas A&M are also in the running, though it’d feel like an upset if he doesn’t wind up signing with Texas.

Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Houston Clear Creek

FYI: 6-6.5/327; 4 stars; No. 7 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Texas

Like Broughton, Lindberg took his official visit to Texas over the weekend. He’s also a prospect considered destined to sign with the Longhorns and join fellow offensive linemen Jake Majors, Logan Parr and Jaylen Garth. Lindberg is the best tackle prospect in the state and another piece to help persuade Evans to follow the herd of linemen to Austin.

Malik Hornsby, quarterback, Fort Bend Marshall

FYI: 6-2/175; 4 stars; No. 8 on the Fab 55

Prediction: North Carolina

This one could change tomorrow, but Hornsby is seriously considering becoming Mack Brown’s first true quarterback prospect signed as new head coach of North Carolina. Hornsby is an electric quarterback with track speed and a winning pedigree after leading his team to a state title game as a junior. He’s a raw passer, but possesses a strong arm and the willingness to improve his throwing motion and footwork.

Chris Thompson Jr., safety, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/195; 4 stars; No. 12 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Texas

Thompson is a physical safety who Texas pegged for its target at the Joker position in the 2020 class because of his physicality. He played outside linebacker for Duncanville for much of his junior season. He’s ranked as the No. 3-safety prospect in the nation. The coaching staff sees some of B.J. Foster in him and Texas is in currently in the lead.

EJ Smith, running back, Dallas Strake Jesuit

FYI: 5-11/198; 4 stars; No. 18 on the Fab 55

Prediction: Stanford

Florida is also a team to watch here with the family legacy of his father, Emmitt, a legend in Gainesville. Stanford wants Smith and is in good standing for the four-star running back. He’s a versatile talent who is as good catching the ball as runner. He caught 40 catches as a junior and rushed for nearly 900 yards.

Branard Wright, defensive tackle, Dallas Skyline

FYI: 6-3/300; 4 stars; No. 20 on the Fab 55

Prediction: LSU

Wright is a wrecking ball on the interior of the defensive line. He’s the best pure nose tackle in the state for the 2020 class. SEC powers are recruiting him hard because of his ability to take on double teams. LSU and Florida are currently his leaders.

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2.Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
3.Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
4.Dwight McGlothernCBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
5.Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Uncommitted
6.Vernon BroughtonDECy Ridge (6A)Uncommitted
7.Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Uncommitted
8. Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Oklahoma
9. Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)North Carolina
10.RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
11. Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (5A)LSU
12.Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
13.Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
14.Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
15.Alec BryantDEAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)LSU
16.Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)LSU
17.Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
18. EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Uncommitted
19.Drew SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
20.Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Uncommitted
21.Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
22.Alfred CollinsDEBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
23.Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Uncommitted
24.Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Uncommitted
25.James SylvesterDENewton (2A)TCU
26,Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
27.Jake MajorsOGProsper (6A)Texas
28.Prince DorbahDEHighland Park (5A)Uncommitted
29.Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Uncommitted
30. Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Uncommitted
31.Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Uncommitted
32.Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
33.Damien GeorgeOTGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
34.DJ GrahamWRKeller Central (6A)Oklahoma
35.Smart ChibuzoOTFort Bend Hightower (5A)Texas A&M
36.Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Uncommitted
37.Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)LSU
38.DJ WarnellCBDickinson (6A)Uncommitted
39.Korie BlackCBWaco Connally (4A)Uncommitted
40.Devon Achane WRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
41. Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (5A)Uncommitted
42.Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
43.Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
44.Jordan JeffersonOGNavasota (4A)Texas A&M
45.Brennon ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Uncommitted
46.Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47.Trent PullenOGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
48.Kelvontay DixonATHCarthage (4A)Uncommitted
49.Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Uncommitted
50.Brendon LewisQBMelissa (4A)Uncommitted
51.Haynes KingQBLongview (6A)Uncommitted
52.Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)Uncommitted
53.Josh BankheadOGThe Woodlands (6A)Texas A&M
54.Ken SealsQBWeatherford (6A)Vanderbilt
55.Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Uncommitted

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