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Cy-Fair running back LJ Johnson is a four-star in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Running backs LJ Johnson, Camar Wheaton ranked among Nos. 15-11 on Fab 55

Posted March 27th, 2020

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The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA prohibited in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. March and April are normally important months as recruits take visits to campus and college coaches fan out across the nation to scout talent.

The Dotted Line is focusing on the 2021 Fabulous 55, breaking down the skill set and recruiting situations of each player on the list, continuing with Nos. 15-11:

2021 running back prospect Camar Wheaton is a five-star Texas target. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

No. 15: Camar Wheaton, running back Garland Lakeview Centennial 

FYI: 5-11, 190; 5-stars; No. 1-ranked RB

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Texas offer? Yes (29 total)

Examining the ranking discrepancies on Wheaton between the 247Sports composite rankings and the regular 247Sports rankings is splitting hairs. He’s currently listed as the No. 1-ranked running back in the country, and the 16th-best overall prospect in the nation, on the composite rankings — compared to being the fourth-ranked running back in the country per the 247Sports site rankings. I lean more toward the site rankings, listing Wheaton as the second-best running back in the state behind LJ Johnson of Houston Cypress-Fairbanks. 

Either way, Wheaton is a stud prospect with offers from programs like Texas, Oklahoma, LSU and Oklahoma. He was the District 10-6A newcomer of the year as a freshman, its sophomore of the year in 2018 and then the overall MVP last year as a junior. He has rushed for 3,128 yards and 40 touchdowns in his three years, adding 20 receptions for 216 yards and a pair of touchdown catches. 

No. 14: Quaydarius Davis, wide receiver, Dallas Skyline

FYI: 6-0, 193; 4-stars; No. 16-ranked WR

Texas offer? Yes (21 total)

Davis was once committed to Texas, and he’s still considering the Longhorns along with other Power Five programs like Alabama and Florida. He’s considered one of the state’s best receiver prospects because of his ability to play either outside or in the slot. He’s big enough to stay outside despite having the quickness to excel at the slot position. Davis is known for his circus catches. He’s recorded 65 catches for 1,217 yards and 12 touchdowns in his two-year varsity career. He added an offer from Georgia on Jan. 29. 

No. 13: Cody Jackson, wide receiver, Richmond Foster

FYI: 6-0, 175; 4-stars; No. 16-ranked WR

Texas offer? Yes (21 offers; committed to Oklahoma)

Jackson is a productive, explosive wide receiver with the ability to play multiple receiver positions. His vertical speed is undeniable, while he also possesses the requisite short-range quickness to excel as a slot receiver. Jackson was the District 10-5A Division I newcomer of the year as a sophomore after catching 57 passes for 1,053 yards and 12 touchdowns. He surpassed those numbers as a junior, amassing 65 catches for 1,366 yards and 21 touchdown catches in 2019. He’s from the same high school that produced CeeDee Lamb, who ended up starring at Oklahoma. 

No. 12: LJ Johnson, running back, Houston Cypress-Fairbanks

FYI: 5-10, 204; 4-stars; No. 4-ranked RB

Texas offer? Yes (31 total)

Johnson is the top-ranked running back on the Fab 55. He’s a true three-down back who can run inside the tackles and hit the edge with legitimate 4.4 40-yard speed. He’s also broad enough to get near 220 pounds to handle the workload needed at the next level. Johnson is Texas’ top target at running back, but the Longhorns face stern competition in Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas A&M. Johnson rushed for 1,951 yards and 37 touchdowns as a junior, earning District 17-6A MVP and AP Class 6A second-team all-state honors. 

No. 11: Marcus Burris, defensive tackle, Texarkana Pleasant Grove

FYI: 6-4, 262; 4-stars; No. 91-ranked overall prospect

Texas offer? Yes (16 total)

Burris is part of an excellent Pleasant Grove defensive line, pairing with fellow Fab 55 member Landon Jackson to help the team to multiple state championships through three years. Burris is listed as a defensive end by some recruiting services, and he could be in an odd-man front, but he’s much more likely to grow into a three-technique defensive tackle who can create havoc with penetration due to his athleticism. Texas A&M is the current leader. 

Previous outlooks: 55-51 | 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 35-31 | 30-26 | 25-21 | 20-16 |

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Donovan JacksonOGBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Ohio State
2. Tommy BrockermeyerOTFort Worth All Saints Episcopal (TAPPS)Uncommitted
3. Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
4.Landon JacksonDETexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)LSU
5. Bryce FosterOGKaty Taylor (6A)Uncommitted
6.Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
7. Savion ByrdOTDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
8. Preston StoneQBParish Episcopal (TAPPS)SMU
9.Shadrach BanksWRGalena Park North Shore (6A)Texas A&M
10.Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tompkins (6A)Texas
11. Marcus BurrisDTTexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)Uncommitted
12.LJ JohnsonRBCy-Fair (6A)Uncommitted
13. Cody JacksonWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
14.Quaydarius DavisWRDallas Skyline (6A)USC
15.Camar WheatonRBGarland Lakeview Centennial (6A)Uncommitted
16.Latrell McCutchinCBAustin LBJ (4A)Uncommitted
17. JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)LSU
18. Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Uncommitted
19.Dematrius DavisQBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
20. Reuben FathereeOTRichmond Foster (5A)Uncommitted
21.Dametrious CrownoverTEGrandview (3A)Uncommitted
22. Sawyer RobertsonQBLubbock Coronado (5A)Mississippi State
23.Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Oklahoma
24.Theodore KnoxWRThe Woodlands (6A)Uncommitted
25. Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Texas
26.Derrick Harris Jr.OLBNew Caney (5A)Texas
27.Kendall BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
28. Ketron JacksonWRRoyse City (5A)Uncommitted
29.Landyn WatsonDEHutto (5A)Uncommitted
30.Eli StowersQBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
31. Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor (6A)Texas
32.JD CoffeySKennedale (4A)Uncommitted
33.Brandon CampbellRBLamar Consolidated (5A)USC
34.Cullen MontgomeryOTBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Oklahoma
35.Behren MortonQBEastland (3A)Texas Tech
36. Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Florida State
37.KJ LigginsWRDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
38. Shemar TurnerDEDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted
39.Jaeden RobertsOGGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
40.James BrockermeyerOCFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Uncommitted
41. Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
42.Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Uncommitted
43.Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Virginia Tech
44. Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
45.Erick CadeOTBraswell (5A)Uncommitted
46. Deuce HarmonCBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
47.Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
48. Lake McReeTELake Travis (6A)Uncommitted
49.Cam'Ron ValdezRBRockdale (4A)Uncommitted
50.Matthew WykoffOTMagnolia (5A)Texas A&M
51.Jordan JenkinsRBLindale (5A)Baylor
52.David AbiaraDEMansfield Legacy (5A)Notre Dame
53.E'maurion BanksDEWichita Falls Rider (5A)Texas Tech
54.Shedeur SandersQBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Uncommitted
55.Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted

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