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Cibolo Steele junior defensive back Jaylon Jones is picking up offers. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Ten personal evaluations of top 2020 Texas targets

Posted October 16th, 2018

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The priority of the recruiting staff is the current class. That means that’s also my focus when I hit the road to watch as many commits and targets as possible. The best way to evaluate prospects and write their stories is to see as many as possible in person. I’ve attended 20 games this year, spanning four states. That’s allowed me to see 13 of Texas’ 19 commits in the 2019 class. It’s also allowed me to see 10 elite juniors, including nine with Texas offers and eight who likely will end up on the 2020 Fabulous 55. Here are 10 thoughts on top targets the Longhorns are pursuing for 2020:

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

Five-star Galena Park North Shore running back Zach Evans is the best junior in Texas. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 5-11/203; 5 stars; No. 2-ranked player in 2020 cycle

Texas offer? Yes

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Evans is the clear-cut No. 1 player in the state for 2020 and is the top offensive target on the board for the Longhorns. I watched him in a win over C.E. King; he wasn’t asked to do much, but I’ve seen his skills on display at camps, in practice and last year as a sophomore. He’s a big back with uncanny balance, a rare and special athlete who stacks up with the best running back prospects the state has produced over the past decade. Texas will be a player in his recruitment until the end. Evans doesn’t plan on picking a school until his senior season.

Demond Demas, wide receiver, Houston North Forest

FYI: 6-4/210; 5 stars; Texas A&M commit

Texas offer? Yes

Demas put on a show when I watched North Forest beat Houston Washington. The five-star receiver scored four touchdowns on five touches and had another one called back by a penalty. He’s teammates with 2019 Texas offensive tackle commit Javonne Shepherd. That didn’t stop him from pledging to Texas A&M after visiting College Station for the game against Clemson. Don’t expect Demas to completely shut down the process and Texas will be in play if it makes a strong push for the state long jump champion.

Malik Hornsby, quarterback, Fort Bend Marshall

FYI: 6-2/175; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked dual-threat

Texas offer? Yes

Hornsby regained eligibility in October and has wasted little time reminding people why he’s considered the top quarterback in the state for the 2020 class. He threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns in one half of play on Thursday when I watched Fort Bend Marshall crush Waltrip. Texas already holds a quarterback commit for 2020 in Lake Travis’ Hudson Card. Hornsby does hold a UT offer and camped in Austin following Card’s pledge. He says he’s uncommitted despite strong rumors he’s a silent commit to A&M.

Bryson Washington, safety, Houston C.E. King

FYI: 6-2/196; 4 stars; No. 7-ranked safety

Texas offer? Yes

Washington and his teammates faced Galena Park North Shore when I watched him a few weeks ago. North Shore is one of the favorites to win the Class 6A Division I state championship, so it was a tough outing. Washington was one of the only King players who belonged on the field with the talent at North Shore and he made numerous tackles of Evans in the open field. Washington is still more of an athlete than a safety, but he possesses all the tools needed to become a star. He’s built like B.J. Foster.

Jaylon Jones, cornerback, Cibolo Steele

FYI: 6-3/185; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked cornerback

Texas offer? Yes

It’s rare that Cibolo Steele is dominated in every facet of a game, yet that’s exactly what happened when I made the trip south to watch Steele take on rival Converse Judson. The Rockets were too much for Jones and his teammates. Judson ran the ball so well that Jones wasn’t called into much action. Jones is clearly talented, and his best football is ahead of him. Steele is known for producing college defensive backs and Jones is next in line. He’s a long, rangy cornerback who could play safety in college.

Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Clear Creek

FYI: 6-6/306; 4 stars; No. 10-ranked offensive tackle

Texas offer? Yes

Lindberg is massive. He plays right guard and he bullied the defensive linemen of Alvin when I watched him on Friday. Clear Creek scored more than 60 points in the win and most of the damage was done on the ground. Lindberg is a mauler who is long enough to play right tackle in college. The four-star is considered the best offensive line target in the state for 2020 and the Longhorns are already in good shape because of the improvements under assistant coach Herb Hand.

O’Connor left tackle Logan Parr is a top priority for Texas in the 2020 class. (Mike Craven)

Logan Parr, offensive guard, San Antonio O’Connor

FYI: 6-3.5/268; 4 stars; No. 4-ranked offensive guard

Texas offer? Yes

Parr is an impressive big man who plays left tackle at O’Connor. He’s likely moving to guard in college because he lacks the ideal height for the edge. Parr has attended two Texas games this season and is growing close with Hand and the other offensive linemen on campus. The Longhorns have enjoyed success recruiting San Antonio under Herman with Caden Sterns and Derek Kerstetter. Parr and Jones are top targets from the area in 2020.

Jaylen Garth, offensive tackle, Port Neches-Groves

FYI: 6-4/285; 3 stars; No. 34-ranked offensive tackle

Texas offer? Yes

Garth blocks for 2019 Texas quarterback commit Roschon Johnson and that gives the Longhorns an advantage for the 6-4 junior who plays offensive tackle. Much like Kerstetter, he’ll be a guy who can play tackle or guard in college. The athleticism of Garth at his size makes him a potential member of the 2020 Fabulous 55.

Brandon Brown, defensive tackle, Katy Morton Ranch

FYI: 6-2/264; 3 stars; No. 37-ranked defensive tackle

Texas offer? No

UTEP is the only current offer for Brown, but that will change as more colleges see his junior tape and he continues to build muscle. His height might keep him from some major offers, but he’s a legit FBS talent who can shed blocks and demand double teams. I saw him play against Katy Cinco Ranch and Texas linebacker commit David Gbenda.

Seth Figgins, tight end, Westlake Village (Calif.)

FYI: 6-6.5/225; 3 stars; No. 12-ranked tight end

Texas offer? Yes

Technically, I never watched Figgins play on my trip to see his teammate and 2019 Texas linebacker commit De’Gabriel Floyd. The 2020 tight end was still recovering from shoulder surgery and hoped to get back onto the field by the playoffs.

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