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The Dotted Line: Texas leads with 13 commitments on winter update of 2020 Fabulous 55

Posted December 11th, 2019

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The 2020 Fabulous 55 receives its winter update with the early signing period looming. Seniors can sign national letters of intent from Dec. 18-20 or wait until national signing day in February. The past two years indicate most of the list will sign in December, including the 10 remaining uncommitted prospects.

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

Only two of the top 20 players on the list are uncommitted, including Galena Park North Shore running back Zachary Evans, the No. 1-ranked player in the state. The five-star from Houston is the consensus top pick for the state’s top prospect and is considered the best running back in the country by 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Evans holds 44 offers and isn’t expected to announce until the Under Armour All-Star Game in Orlando on Jan. 4. The schools in the running include LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia. 

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The top five is rounded out by Cibolo Steele defensive back Jaylon Jones, Denton Ryan outside linebacker Drew Sanders, Tomball wide receiver Demond Demas and Duncanville quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson. Jones and Demas are pledged to Texas A&M. Sanders is headed to Alabama, while Jackson is Texas’ top-ranked commitment on our list. 

PHOTOS: The Austin American-Statesman’s 2020 Fabulous 55 top recruits in Texas

The Longhorns lead the Fab 55 with 13 commitments. It’s an impressive haul considering a 7-5 regular season and expected changes at the coordinator position on each side of the ball. The class is small, but talented. Thirteen of Texas’ 16 in-state commitments made the Fab 55. Jackson is joined in the top 20 by Houston Cypress Ridge defensive tackle Vernon Broughton, Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card, Temple wide receiver Quentin Johnston, Highland Park pass rusher Prince Dorbah and Alvin Shadow Creek safety Xavion Alford. 

Oklahoma is second on the list with seven players, including top-20 pledges Jase McClellan, Nate Anderson, Jalin Conyers and Seth McGowan. The Big 12 leads all conferences with 26 commitments. Baylor is third in the conference with a pair of pledges in Jahdae Barron and James Slyvester. TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas hold commitments from one player on the list. 

Texas A&M leads the SEC with five pledges, including three in the top 12. Longview quarterback Haynes King ranks 11th. LSU, Florida and Georgia possess two players on the list, while Alabama is signing Sanders. Ohio State also holds a pair of commitments, including four-star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.  

RELATED: The Dotted Line: Texas commit Ja’Quinden Jackson, to fans — ‘you got a dog coming’

2020 Fabulous 55 - Winter edition

The updated 2020 55 following the 2019 season.
RANK (PREV.)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2. (3)Jaylon JonesDBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
3. (5)Drew SandersOLBDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
4. (2)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
5. (4)Ja'Quinden JacksonQBDuncanville (6A)Texas
6. (20)Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
7. (11)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
8. (9)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Alabama
9. (7)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Texas
10. (18)Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
11. (10)Haynes KingQBLongview (5A)Texas A&M
12. (8)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
13. (17)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
14. (45)Jalin ConyersTEGruver (2A)Oklahoma
15. (12)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)TCU
16. (52)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)TCU
17. (19)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Texas
18. (26)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
19. (15)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Texas
20. (14)Alfred CollinsDTBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
21. (35)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
22. (40)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Oklahoma
23. (23)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Stanford
24. (34)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Texas
25. (6)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Georgia
26. (13)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
27. (25)Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Arkansas
28. (32)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Florida
29. (33)Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
30. (27)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
31. (NR)Jahdae BarronCBPflugerville Connally (5A)Baylor
32. (41)Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
33. (22)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Florida
34. (30)Jake MajorsOCProsper (6A)Texas
35. (21)Alec BryantOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Virginia Tech
36. (NR)Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll (6A)Texas
37. (NR)Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Texas Tech
38. (44)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
39. (47)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Penn State
40. (46)Kevontre BradfordRBLancaster (6A)LSU
41. (48)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
42. (38)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Oklahoma
43. (31)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
44. (49)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Ohio State
45. (51)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
46. (50)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47. (24)Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Auburn
48. (16)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas
49. (55)Trent Pullen OGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
50. (36)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
51. (37)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)Baylor
52. (NR)Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage (4A)Texas
53. (53)Chandler MorrisQBHighland Park (5A)Auburn
54. (42)Brennan ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)UNLV
55. (43)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Kilgore College (JUCO)

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