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Texas commit Jordan Whittington at his All-American Bowl ceremony in Cuero. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Texas targets Whittington, Evans among top prospects in state title games

Posted December 21st, 2018

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ARLINGTON — The UIL state football championships began Wednesday with the 6-man and smallest 11-man divisions. It continued with a triple-header on Thursday involving some of the smaller schools that don’t produce a ton of FBS talent. That changes on Friday as the bigger schools face off for a title. The main event takes place Saturday night between Galena Park North Shore and Duncanville for the Class 6A Division I crown.

Four-star wide receiver Jordan Whittington is planning to enroll early at Texas. (Mike Craven)

One Texas commit and nearly a dozen juniors and sophomores with offers are set to play Friday and Saturday. Here are 10 to watch with Texas offers. Pleasant Grove sophomore defensive end Landon Jackson would be on the list if not for injury.

Jordan Whittington, wide receiver, Cuero

FYI: 6-1/198; 4 stars; No. 6 on the 2019 Fabulous 55

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When: 11 a.m. Friday vs. Texarkana Pleasant Grove

Two games separate Whittington from starting his time in Austin. He’ll play wide receiver at Texas and likened his future role to that of Alvin Kamara with the New Orleans Saints. Texas fans should get a glimpse of that versatility when he leads Cuero in the Class 4A Division I title game.

Viewers will see him play wide receiver, running back, some quarterback and safety. He’ll also return punts and kicks. He’s a true Swiss Army knife-type of high school football player poised to finish a stellar prep career with a state title. He missed half of the season with a groin injury but is now fully healthy.

Whittington will participate in the All-American Game in San Antonio on Jan. 5 before enrolling early at Texas and participating in the spring. He signed on Wednesday.

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 6-0/205; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked running back in 2020

When: 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Duncanville

Evans is the top-rated recruit in the state for the 2020 cycle and maybe the most heralded running back from the state since Palestine’s Adrian Peterson. The Longhorns missed on Noah Cain and Trey Sanders on Wednesday, making running back an imperative position for the 2020 class. Evans is the guy at the position and he’s a target of every program in the country.

Malik Hornsby, quarterback, Fort Bend Marshall

FYI: 6-2/175; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked dual-threat quarterback in 2020

When: 7 p.m Friday vs. Aledo

Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card is one of two 2020 players already committed to the Longhorns. That doesn’t mean Hornsby won’t remain on Texas’ radar. He holds a UT offer and is ranked slightly ahead of Card in the national rankings. He’s an electric player with his legs and his arm.

Chris Thompson Jr., safety, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/195; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked safety in 2020

When: 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Galena Park North Shore

Expect the Dallas area to get more recruiting love from the Texas coaching staff in 2020 because the DFW area is loaded with top players. Thompson is arguably the best safety in the state and a clear priority for the Longhorns. He’s a big, physical safety who could remind some fans of current freshman B.J. Foster.

Ja’Quinden Jackson, quarterback, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2/200; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked athlete in 2020

When: 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Galena Park North Shore

No one is sure what position Jackson will play in college. He stars at quarterback for Duncanville. He’s an incredible talent with the size and athleticism to move to wide receiver or safety. He’s not a bad quarterback, either. Jackson is one of the most exciting players to watch in the state and he’ll need a big game for Duncanville to pull the upset on North Shore.

Damian George, offensive tackle, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 6-6/320; 4 stars; No. 27-ranked tackle in 2020

When: 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Duncanville

George is a four-star mauler up front and a future right tackle. He’s big. He’s mean. He moves surprising well for a lineman his size. And recruiting George also helps lure Evans — they’re teammates, plus the quality of the offensive line is an important factor for the North Shore running back, and he’s close with his line, and specifically George.

Prince Dorbah, defensive end, Highland Park

FYI: 6-4/210; 4 stars; No. 11-ranked weak-side defensive end in 2020

When: 11 a.m. Saturday vs. Alvin Shadow Creek

Edge rushers are always a premium for coaches and Dorbah is an elite-level talent off the edge. He’s a known winner who is a refined product for his age. He gets another chance to win a state title as a junior. The four-star is a long-time target of Texas.  

Jase McLellan, running back, Aledo

FYI: 5-10/201; 5 stars; No. 3-ranked running back in 2020

When: 7 p.m. Friday vs. Fort Bend Marshall

McLellan is committed to Oklahoma, but he’s visited Texas and admits his pledge isn’t written in stone because of his age. Evans is the clear no. 1 running back in the state. McLellan is right behind him. He’s a big-bodied bruiser with enough speed to score anytime he touches the football.

JoJo Earle, wide receiver, Aledo

FYI: 5-8/165; 3 offers (2021 prospect)

When: 7 p.m. Friday vs. Fort Bend Marshall

Earle is one of two wide receivers in the 2021 class with an offer from Texas. His lack of size makes him a clear candidate for slot receiver. He’s also a prolific returner and even helps out in the defensive backfield at times for Aledo.

Shadrach Banks, wide receiver, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 6-0/190; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked 2021 athlete

When: 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Duncanville

Banks spends most of his time at wide receiver. Some project him as a future star at cornerback or even safety. The sophomore isn’t worried about his future position with a state championship on the line.

Monday’s Dotted Line: Grades for the Texas offensive signees out of the early signing period.

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