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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: Texas’ offensive recruiting wishlist remains mostly unchanged

Posted May 14th, 2020

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Texas’ 2021 recruiting class currently consists of nine commitments. It ranks 13th in the nation and first in the Big 12, according to 247Sports’ composite. Texas has added three commitments since our last wishlist published in April, including tight end Landen King. The other two pledges came on defense. That means the wishlist remains relatively unchanged. Texas does hope to add one of these players by the end of the week. 

Here are the offensive players on Texas’ wishlist. We looked at defense on Wednesday.

 

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All Saints Episcopal Tommy Brockermeyer is a five-star offensive tackle in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Jonathon Brooks, running back, Hallettsville

FYI: 6-0, 185; 3 stars; No. 48-ranked RB

Top offers: Texas, Colorado State, Texas Tech (7 total)

Texas’ next commitment could come Friday as the three-star Hallettsville back announced that as the date of his announcement. Tom Herman and running backs coach Stan Drayton feel confident that Brooks winds up in burnt orange. Texas is among Brooks’ top offers and is a potential hidden gem for Drayton to mold. 

Brooks is a 6-0, 185-pound athlete with versatility. He’s the 48th-ranked running back in the 2021 cycle, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore and the District 14-3A Division I MVP as a junior. He’s a running back who can also help in the passing game and on special teams. 

Tommy Brockermeyer, offensive tackle, Fort Worth All Saints

FYI: 6-6, 283; 5 stars; No. 2 on the 2021 Fabulous 55

Top offers: Texas, Auburn, Alabama, LSU (25 total offers)

Texas is in perfect shape to land the nation’s No. 1-ranked tackle. The Longhorns need a replacement for Samuel Cosmi, their starting left tackle who seems destined for the 2021 NFL draft. Brockermeyer’s dad, Blake, starred on the offensive line at Texas. His older brother, Luke, is currently a UT linebacker. Brockermeyer is the prototypical tackle and the Longhorns simply can’t lose a player of his stature to an out-of-state program. He would be Texas’ top-rated offensive lineman signee of the past 20 years and the first five-star lineman since Mason Walters in 2009. 

Adding Brockermeyer also means gaining the commitment of his twin brother James, a four-star center. Tommy missed his junior season with a shoulder injury while James used it to carve out his own recruiting path. He’s the only in-state center to hold an offer from the Longhorns. James checks in at 6-3, 273 and is the second-ranked center prospect in the cycle. 

Bottom line: Texas can’t consider the 2021 class a success unless the Brockermeyers sign. 

LJ Johnson, running back, Houston Cypress-Fairbanks

FYI: 5-10, 204; 4 stars; No. 12 on the Fab 55 

Top offers: Texas, Oklahoma, Stanford (38 total)

There are two elite running backs in the state. Johnson and Camar Wheaton, a five-star from Garland Lakeview Centennial, are the top two backs on many recruiting boards, including Texas’. Johnson is the lower-ranked nationally of the two, but is the more college-ready back with his 200-pound frame. Wheaton is more of a big-play track star who’s still learning how to run inside the tackles. The Longhorns must sign one of the two to consider the running back position a success in the cycle. 

Texas signed five-star Bijan Robinson in 2020, but he must be viewed as a three-year college loan if he’s as good as advertised. Continuing to build depth at the position is important to Herman. Texas wants to sign two running backs in the cycle.

Bryce Foster, guard, Katy Taylor 

FYI: 6-4/318; 4 stars; No. 5 on the Fab 55

Top offers: Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, LSU (22 total)

There’s not a better interior lineman in the state. Ohio State pledge Donovan Jackson is ranked as a guard, but he plays left tackle at Houston Bellaire Episcopal. Foster is a true guard who mans the position for Katy Taylor, the same school that 2021 UT commitment Hayden Conner attends. Foster is also friends with Texas quarterback pledge Jalen Milroe from their days playing youth football together in elementary school and the sixth grade. 

Texas is trailing Oklahoma for Foster, but the two-sport star insists he won’t make a decision before he’s able to take official visits. The Longhorns hope to sway him to stay in-state with an eventual visit and with his friendships with Conner and Milroe. He also throws the shot put and wants to participate in track. Texas’ track and field program could hold the key as it is better than Oklahoma’s. 

Theo Knox, wide receiver, The Woodlands 

FYI: 5-10, 167; 4 stars; No. 24

Top offers: Texas, Alabama, Baylor, Mississippi State (17 total)

Knox is the top wide receiver target for Texas with Aledo four-star JoJo Earle pledging to LSU. He might be the fastest prospect in the state. He ran a 10.4 in the 100-meters to win the silver medal in the Louisiana Class 1A/2A meet in 2019. Knox moved to The Woodlands before the start of his junior year.

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)Uncommitted
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)Uncommitted
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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