Texas’ five commitments in the 2020 class play offense. Two defensive prospects trending toward the Longhorns are four-star safety Chris Thompson Jr. and four-star defensive end Prince Dorbah. Both participated at the Under Armour camp in Dallas last weekend and indicated that Texas is leading the pack at this stage in the recruitment process.
Dorbah is a 6-2, 210-pound menace off the edge. He plays defensive end at Highland Park, starting for the Class 5A Division I champions the past two years. He was his district’s newcomer of the year as a sophomore and an all-district performer as a junior.
He’s currently in a playoff run with the Highland Park basketball team, but still managed to stop by the camp and dominate offensive linemen in 1-on-1 drills. He ranks No. 28 on the Fabulous 55.
“Texas is leading the way right now. They’ve probably recruited me the hardest and we’re on good terms right now,” Dorbah said. “Texas is building something special up there and it’ll be fun to watch in the near future.”
And what separates Texas from the pack at this point?
“I’m treated like family by the whole staff.”
Dorbah is an intriguing prospect because of his versatility. He’s not big enough to play as an end in Texas’ preferred odd-man front. That means he’s likely to move to B-Backer and play off the edge without his hand on the ground if he picks Texas. That doesn’t concern Dorbah.
“It’s important to play multiple positions and get plugged into different spots depending on what the offense is doing,” he said. “I’d be coming off the edge and playing in space at times in coverage.”
Dorbah’s duties on the basketball court prevent him from attending as many campuses as some other top prospects. He’s further behind in his recruitment and doesn’t plan to release his top schools until the summer before deciding during the season. That could always change once his schedule clears.
“I’ll do more visits once basketball is over,” he said.
Thompson is another versatile defender on Texas’ wish list. The 6-2, 195-pound prospect played outside linebacker for Duncanville for much of his junior season. He sees himself as a potential replacement to Caden Sterns if he winds up in burnt orange.
“I’d play some nickel, but mostly deep safety,” Thompson said. “Kind of how Caden Sterns is playing.”
Thompson is the No. 12-ranked player on the Fab 55 and one of two targets from Duncanville in the 2020 class, joining top-ranked athlete Ja’Quinden Jackson. The Longhorns possess an inside track at Duncanville thanks to a family tie. Texas’ assistant receivers coach, Rashaad Samples, is the son of legendary Duncanville head coach, Reggie Samples.
“Texas is pretty much at the top right now. The relationship I have with coach (Craig) Naivar and Rashaad Samples, as well as the one with coach Herman (is the reason),” Thompson said. “Samples is like a big brother to me. He’s guided me through this process.”
Thompson mentioned Clemson and LSU as the main threats to Texas. He might visit Notre Dame and Ohio State and isn’t clear on when he’ll pick a school. He does know what he’s looking for, however.
“I want a school that is authentic with me, be around people I can trust, a great education and a defense that fits me.”
RANK PLAYER POS. HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE
1. Zachary Evans RB Galena Park North Shore (6A) Uncommitted
2. Ja'Quinden Jackson ATH Duncanville (6A) Uncommitted
3. Demond Demas WR Tomball (5A) Texas A&M
4. Dwight McGlothern CB Cedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS) Uncommitted
5. Troy Omeire WR Fort Bend Austin (6A) Uncommitted
6. Vernon Broughton DE Cy Ridge (6A) Uncommitted
7. Chad Lindberg OT Clear Creek (6A) Uncommitted
8. Jase McClellan RB Aledo (5A) Oklahoma
9. Malik Hornsby QB Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Uncommitted
10. RJ Mickens S Southlake Carroll (6A) Uncommitted
11. Lorando Johnson CB Lancaster (5A) Uncommitted
12. Chris Thompson Jr. S Duncanville (6A) Uncommitted
13. Jaylon Jones CB Cibolo Steele (6A) Texas A&M
14. Logan Parr OG San Antonio O'Connor (6A) Texas
15. Alec Bryant DE Alvin Shadow Creek (5A) LSU
16. Courtland Ford OT Cedar Hill (6A) LSU
17. Hudson Card QB Lake Travis (6A) Texas
18. EJ Smith RB Dallas Jesuit (6A) Uncommitted
19. Drew Sanders ATH Denton Ryan (5A) Oklahoma
20. Branard Wright DT Dallas Carter (4A) Uncommitted
21. Darius Snow S Carrollton Hebron (6A) Uncommitted
22. Alfred Collins DE Bastrop Cedar Creek (5A) Uncommitted
23. Seth McGowan RB Mesquite Poteet (5A) Uncommitted
24. Bryson Washington S C.E. King (6A) Uncommitted
25. James Sylvester DE Newton (2A) Uncommitted
26, Jalen Kimber CB Mansfield Timberview (5A) Uncommitted
27. Jake Majors OG Prosper (6A) Texas
28. Prince Dorbah DE Highland Park (5A) Uncommitted
29. Collin Sullivan WR Round Rock (6A) Uncommitted
30. Marvin Mims WR Frisco Lone Star (5A) Uncommitted
31. Princely Umanmielen DE Manor (5A) Uncommitted
32. Jaylen Garth OT Port Neches-Groves (5A) Texas
33. Damien George OT Galena Park North Shore (6A) Uncommitted
34. DJ Graham ATH Keller Central (6A) Uncommitted
35. Smart Chibuzo OT Fort Bend Hightower (5A) Texas A&M
36. Xavion Alford S Alvin Shadow Creek (5A) Uncommitted
37. Akinola Ogunbiyi OG Fort Bend Kempner (6A) Texas A&M
38. DJ Warnell CB Dickinson (6A) Uncommitted
39. Korie Black CB Waco Connally (4A) Uncommitted
40. Devon Achane WR Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Uncommitted
41. Jerrin Thompson S Lufkin (5A) Uncommitted
42. Josh White OLB Cy Creek (6A) Uncommitted
43. Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR Rockwall (6A) Ohio State
44. Jordan Jefferson OG Navasota (4A) Texas A&M
45. Brennon Scott OLB Bishop Dunne (TAPPS) Uncommitted
46. Michael Henderson ATH Carrollton Ranchview (4A) Oklahoma
47. Trent Pullen OG Waco Connally (4A) Uncommitted
48. Kelvontay Dixon ATH Carthage (4A) Uncommitted
49. Parker Washington WR Fort Bend Travis (6A) Uncommitted
50. Brendon Lewis QB Melissa (4A) Uncommitted
51. Haynes King QB Longview (6A) Uncommitted
52. Quentin Johnston WR Temple (6A) Uncommitted
53. Josh Bankhead OG The Woodlands (6A) Texas A&M
54. Ken Seals QB Weatherford (6A) Uncommitted
55. Loic Fouonji WR Midland Lee (6A) Uncommitted