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It’s never too early to look ahead in recruiting. The emphasis on the early signing period in December combined with the new ability to take official visits before a prospect’s senior year has forced colleges to speed up an already quick process. Nearly half of the initial 2019 Fabulous 55 is already committed and that number likely grows past 60 percent by the start of the 2018 season. This is the new reality, and it’s causing programs to make earlier evaluations on younger prospects.
The Next 25 ranks the top 2020 prospects in the state of Texas. Nearly a dozen of the members are already targets of the Longhorns and Tom Herman. Three prospects in the class have already committed. Below are the scouting reports for the members of the Next 25, starting with No. 25 down through 21.
No. 21: Prince Dorbah, defensive end, Highland Park
FYI: 6-4/210; not ranked; 6 offers
Texas offer: Yes
Top offers: Texas, Alabama, Arkansas
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Scouting Dorbah: Dorbah announced his arrival as a top-level prospect as a sophomore when he helped Highland Park to a Class 5A Division I title. His raw athleticism and big frame made him a mismatch in that classic title game against Manvel. He’s a long, lean defensive end who currently specializes in rushing the passer. Dorbah will become a three-down tight end as he continues to add weight to his growing frame. The Texas offer was named the District 15-5A Defensive Newcome of the Year as a sophomore. His potential is through the roof. Edge rushers are in high demand and Dorbah has a proven nose for the quarterback.
No. 22: EJ Smith, running back, Dallas Jesuit
FYI: 5-11/190; 4 stars; 13 offers
Texas offer: No
Top offers: Florida, Arkansas, Georgia
Scouting Smith: Smith hails from Hall of Fame stock. His father, Emmitt, is the all-time leading rusher in NFL history and a multiple Super Bowl champion from the Dallas Cowboys. EJ is hoping to build his own reputation and his lived up to his last name as a sophomore. He was named District 9-6A’s newcomer of the year after rushing for 1,177 yards and 24 touchdowns. He added 33 receptions for 540 yards and seven touchdowns. That versatility means Smith could play running back or slot receiver in college. His offer list already includes the best teams in the SEC. His father played at Florida.
No. 23: Collin Sullivan, wide receiver, Round Rock
FYI: 6-1/175; 3 stars; 8 offers
Texas offer: No
Top offers: Oregon, Arkansas, Houston
Scouting Sullivan: The Austin area is home to a trio of elite wide receivers in the 2019 class with Garrett Wilson, Elijah Higgins and Jaylen Ellis. All three are members of the initial 2019 Fab 55. Sullivan is next up from the capital city. He’s a big receiver who physically dominates smaller cornerbacks. He’s too athletic for linebackers and safeties. Sullivan caught 22 passes for 450 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman. He added 32 catches for 531 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore. He’s already an excellent route-runner with consistent hands. He’s also still growing and could be 6-3 by the time he hits a college campus.
No. 24: Trent Pullen, offensive lineman, Waco Connally
FYI: 6-3/275; 4 stars; 6 offers
Texas offer: No
Top offers: Baylor, Texas A&M, LSU
Scouting Pullen: The big man from Waco might be the most physical offensive linemen in the 2020 class. Pullen plays tackle in high school, but will transition to guard or center at the college level because of his lack of height and length. Those measurables won’t hinder him on the inside of an offensive line. Pullen is a bully at the point of attack and is athletic enough to work his way to the second level, pull and help outside in the screen game. He’s athletic for his size and is a tremendous run blocker who likes to finish plays by driving defenders into the dirt. Not all big guys are built with that mean streak.
No. 25: Jordan Jefferson, offensive lineman, Navasota
FYI: 6-2/325; 4 stars; 3 offers
Texas offer: No
Top offers: Texas A&M, LSU, Memphis
College: Texas A&M
Scouting Jefferson: The big, physical guard from east Texas closed his recruitment early in his prep career by pledging to Texas A&M in February 2017. He’s one of two interior linemen already committed to Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies in the 2020 class, joining Josh Bankhead of The Woodlands. Jefferson is a bulldozer at the point of attack. He uses a shorter frame to his advantage by winning the leverage battle. He also shows violent hands and a mean streak college coaches love from interior linemen. There isn’t much pretty about the style of Jefferson. He’s an in-your-face, hard-nosed guard who could transition to center.
|1.||Zachary Evans||RB||Galena Park North Shore (6A)||Undecided|
|2.||Demond Demas||WR||Houston North Forest (6A)||Texas A&M|
|3.||Dwight McGlothern||CB||New Caney (5A)||Undecided|
|4.||Chris Thompson Jr.||S||Duncanville (6A)||Undecided|
|5.||Chad Lindberg||OT||Clear Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|6.||Darius Snow||S||Hebron (6A)||Undecided|
|7.||Jase Mclellan||RB||Aledo (4A)||Oklahoma|
|8.||Ja'Quinden Jackson||ATH||Duncanville (6A)||Undecided|
|9.||Alec Bryant||DE||Pearland Shadow Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|10.||Jaylon Jones||CB||Cibolo Steele (6A)||Undecided|
|11.||RJ Mickens||CB||Southlake Carroll (6A)||Undecided|
|12.||Lorando Johnson||CB||Lancaster (6A)||Undecided|
|13.||Drew Sanders||ATH||Colleyville Heritage (5A)||Oklahoma|
|14.||Logan Parr||OL||San Antonio O'Connor (6A)||Undecided|
|15.||Branard Wright||DT||Dallas Carter (4A)||Undecided|
|16.||Hudson Card||QB||Lake Travis (6A)||Texas|
|17.||James Sylvester||DE||Newton (3A)||Undecided|
|18.||Courtland Ford||OT||Cedar Hill (6A)||Undecided|
|19.||Troy Omeire||WR||Fort Bend Austin (6A)||Undecided|
|20.||Marvin Mims||WR||Frisco Lone Star (5A)||Undecided|
|21.||Prince Dorbah||DE||Highland Park (5A)||Undecided|
|22.||EJ Smith||RB||Dallas Jesuit (6A)||Undecided|
|23.||Collin Sullivan||WR||Round Rock (6A)||Undecided|
|24.||Trent Pullen||OL||Waco Connally (4A)||Undecided|
|25.||Jordan Jefferson||OL||Navasota (4A)||Texas A&M|
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