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Fort Bend Austin wide receiver Troy Omeire ranks No. 9 on the Fab 55. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Texas’ top recruiting targets begin narrowing their lists

Posted May 15th, 2019

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The past six weeks were relatively uneventful for Texas on the recruiting trail. The last commitment for the 2020 class came in March. The class still consists of five members, all of which play on offense. Texas signed back-to-back top-three classes under Tom Herman and expect another strong class in 2020. The fireworks should start with summer approaching. Here is a closer look at top targets currently narrowing their list:

Princely Umanmielen, defensive lineman, Manor

FYI: 6-4/256; 4 stars; No. 31 on the 2020 Fabulous 55

The big-bodied defensive lineman included Texas in his top five alongside Oklahoma, LSU, Texas A&M and Oregon. Umanmielen can play defensive end or grow into a tackle. He plays both for Manor and is considered the 12th-best prospect at his position in the nation. The four-star holds 24 offers after a junior campaign that included 21 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

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This feels like a two-team race between Texas and Oklahoma. Umanmielen took his official visit to Texas on the first weekend of May. He was also in attendance for the Orange-White game. The Longhorns envision him playing the 4i position. The prospect of remaining on the edge at Oklahoma is an appealing prospect. Location and familiarity with the coaches and players at Texas are what put the Longhorns near the top.

The Austin area was home to three elite wide receivers in the 2019 class. Each of them signed elsewhere. Two defensive linemen reside in Austin for 2020 with Umanmielen and Alfred Collins from Bastrop Cedar Creek. Both players are UT targets. Closing with Umanmielen would be a good sign, considering the growing talent base in Austin.

My pick: Texas

Troy Omeire, wide receiver, Fort Bend Austin

FYI: 6-3.5/217; 4 stars; No. 5 on the Fab 55

The high-ceiling wide receiver from Missouri City named a top four of Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and LSU. This is another two-team race with the Longhorns and Aggies expected to battle it out for the four-star’s signature. Fort Bend County has proven difficult for Texas to raid despite the success it has experienced recruiting in Houston under Herman. Omeire would help swing that momentum away from A&M.

Omeire is a physical specimen. He’s put together like a college athlete. He’s a fast, strong athlete still learning the details of playing wide receiver. He’s a two-time all-district performer with 31 offers. He’s considered the 17th-best wide receiver prospect in the country. Omeire has caught 85 passes for 1,546 yards and 21 touchdowns in his two years as a varsity athlete.

My pick: Texas A&M

Prince Dorbah, outside linebacker, Highland Park

FYI: 6-2.5/208; 4 stars; No. 28 on the Fab 55

Dorbah said after a spring practice earlier this month that his final two are Texas and LSU. The Longhorns are the long-time favorite for the pass rushing specialist. He plays defensive end on his state championship squad. He’ll move to B-backer if he chooses Texas. LSU uses a similar position. LSU offered later than Texas, giving the Longhorns an advantage based on familiarity. Dorbah said he’ll decide this summer.

My pick: Texas

Bryson Washington, safety, C.E. King

FYI: 6-2/196; 4 stars; No. 24 on the Fab 55

The four-star safety is down to Oklahoma and Texas. The Sooners are the perceived favorite with Texas’ chances riding on an official visit in June. Washington holds 24 offers and is the 11th-ranked safety in the nation. He’s still raw as a safety, but his combination of athleticism and size are unique. His upside is among the best in the state because he’s big enough to play inside the box and fast enough to cover in space against spread offenses.

My pick: Oklahoma

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