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Texas took over the state in the 2018 recruiting class; Tom Herman signed the top five players on the final 2018 Fabulous 55 and seven of the state’s top 10 prospects. Twelve of the top 18 prospects in the state joined the Longhorns by national signing day as Texas broke the record for most Fab 55 members signed with 17.
That trick won’t be repeated in the 2019 class.
One of the prospects who spurned the Longhorns for different pastures was Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who chose Ohio State over Texas on April 29. Wilson, who started out ranked No. 7 on our initial Fab 55 in February, is now the No. 1-ranked recruit in the state in our updated list heading into the summer.
The dynamic receiver recorded 98 catches for 1,773 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior.
“He’s an incredible football player and human,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said during spring practice. “He’s special. We all know it. He knows it, but he still shows up and puts in the work to win football games. There aren’t many like him.”
Wilson, like nine of the top 10 players on the updated Fab 55, are already committed. It’s a sign of the times. The new early signing period was a success and the 2019 cycle is the first to allow prospects to take official visits before the start of their senior years. Thirty-one of the 55 Fab 55 members are already committed.
“It’s chilled out a lot and it’s been a huge relief,” Wilson said. “I’m not asked about it all the time now at school and at camps, so it’s been nice to get back to normal. I just chose the place that was best for my future whether football works out or not.”
Texas A&M and Oklahoma lead the updated list with seven commitments each. The Texas A&M class is highlighted by Converse Judson defender DeMarvin Leal, the state’s No. 2 overall player and the top defensive lineman in the state, and Dallas Bishop Dunne safety Brian Williams, who remains the No. 4 player. A trio of Oklahoma commits — Austin Stogner, Trejan Bridges and Theo Wease Jr. — round out the top 10.
The Longhorns hold commitments from four players on the list, led by Cuero receiver Jordan Whittington, the No. 3 player on the list who was No. 1 on the initial Fab 55. Tyler Johnson, the top offensive lineman on the list at No. 5, is also a UT commitment. Dual-threat quarterback Roschon Johnson (26th) and defensive end T’Vondre Sweat (38th) are also represented. Temple tight end prospect Jared Wiley is the only current UT commit to not make the list. He plays quarterback in high school.
Humble Atascocita offensive lineman Kenyon Green (No. 6) is the only player in the top 10 uncommitted. He recently listed Texas A&M and Texas among his top five schools with the Aggies considered the favorite. NaNa Osafo-Mensah (No. 7) chose Notre Dame over Texas in May.
The Big 12 leads the way with 16 current commits. The SEC is next with nine followed by the Big Ten with two. Notre Dame holds commitments from Osafo-Mensah and Sachse defensive tackle Hunter Spears (39th). Baylor and TCU hold commitments from two players on the list, while defensive end Steven Parker (45th) is the only player currently pledged to Texas Tech.
There are 13 defensive linemen, 12 defensive backs and 11 wide receivers. The list is represented by 27 offensive players, 27 defensive players and one athlete. Only two linebackers made the list, while just three quarterbacks and tight ends are ranked. Seven offensive linemen are listed.
Six new prospects — Lewis Cine (24th), Baylor Cupp (34th), Myles Brooks (41st), Andrew Coker (53rd), Marques Caldwell (54th) and Thomas Gordon (55th) — were awarded a place on the list. Four locals — Wilson, Elijah Higgins (23rd), Jaylen Ellis (31st) and Myles Brooks (41st) — are on the list. Brooks, a safety from Hendrickson who’s committed to Baylor, is the only one of the four who wasn’t on the original Fab 55.
|RANK (PREV.)||PLAYER||POS.||HIGH SCHOOL||COLLEGE|
|1. (7)||Garrett Wilson||WR||Lake Travis (6A)||Ohio State|
|2. (3)||DeMarvin Leal||DL||Converse Judson (6A)||Texas A&M|
|3. (1)||Jordan Whittington||WR||Cuero (4A)||Texas|
|4. (4)||Brian Williams||S||Bishop Dunne (TAPPS)||Texas A&M|
|5. (15)||Tyler Johnson||OT||Conroe Oak Ridge (6A)||Texas|
|6. (5)||Kenyon Green||OT||Humble Atascocita (6A)||Texas A&M|
|7, (8)||NaNa Osafo-Mensah||DE||Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)||Notre Dame|
|8. (10)||Austin Stogner||TE||Prestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)||Oklahoma|
|9. (44)||Trejan Bridges||WR||Carrolton Hebron (6A)||Oklahoma|
|10. (6)||Theo Wease Jr.||WR||Allen (6A)||Oklahoma|
|11. (9)||Grant Gunnell||QB||St. Pius X (TAPPS)||Arizona|
|12. (12)||Marcus Banks||CB||Spring Dekaney (6A)||LSU|
|13. (38)||Jeffery Carter||CB||Aledo (5A)||Texas A&M|
|14. (17)||Marcel Brooks||OLB||Flower Mound (6A)||LSU|
|15. (13)||Marcus Stripling||DE||Mayde Creek (6A)||Uncommitted|
|16. (2)||Arjei Henderson||WR||Fort Bend Travis (6A)||Oklahoma|
|17. (14)||Marquez Beason||CB||Bishop Dunne (TAPPS)||Illinois|
|18. (19)||Jalen Catalon||S||Mansfield Legacy (6A)||Uncommitted|
|19. (24)||Demani Richardson||S||Waxahachie (6A)||Texas A&M|
|20. (49)||Dylan Wright||WR||West Mesquite (5A)||Texas A&M|
|21. (11)||Jalen Curry||WR||St. Pius X (TAPPS)||Uncommitted|
|22. (22)||Erick Young||CB||Fort Bend Bush (6A)||Texas A&M|
|23. (39)||Elijah Higgins||WR||Austin Bowie (6A)||Uncommitted|
|24. (NR)||Lewis Cine||S||Cedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)||Uncommitted|
|25. (23)||EJ Ndoma-Ogar||OG||Allen (6A)||Oklahoma|
|26. (21)||Roschon Johnson||QB||Port Neches-Groves (5A)||Texas|
|27. (31)||Javonne Shepherd||OT||North Forest (4A)||Texas|
|28. (48)||Bobby Wolfe||CB||Houston Madison (6A)||Texas A&M|
|29. (41)||Branson Bragg||C||Crandall (4A)||Stanford|
|30. (30)||Tamauzia Brown||WR||Newton (3A)||Uncommitted|
|31. (32)||Jaylen Ellis||WR||Round Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)||Baylor|
|32. (43)||David Gbenda||ILB||Katy Cinco Ranch (6A)||Uncommitted|
|33. (16)||Kam Brown||WR||Colleyville Heritage (5A)||Texas A&M|
|34. (NR)||Baylor Cupp||TE||Brock (3A)||Texas A&M|
|35. (18)||Deondrick Glass||RB||Katy (6A)||Uncommitted|
|36. (20)||Nelson Caesar||DE||Fort Bend Ridge Point (6A)||Houston|
|37. (28)||Isaiah Spiller||RB||Klein Collins (6A)||Texas A&M|
|38. (46)||T'Vondre Sweat||DE||Huntsville (5A)||Texas|
|39. (25)||Hunter Spears||DT||Sachse (6A)||Notre Dame|
|40. (40)||Braedon Mowry||DE||Katy Taylor (6A)||Texas A&M|
|41. (NR)||Myles Brooks||S||Pflugerville Hendrickson (6A)||Cal|
|42. (27)||Grant Tisdale||QB||Allen (6A)||Ole Miss|
|43. (29)||Jonathan McGill||S||Coppell (5A)||Uncommitted|
|44. (36)||Josh Ellison||DT||A&M Consolidated (5A)||Texas A&M|
|45. (33)||Steven Parker||DE||South Oak Cliff (5A)||Texas Tech|
|46. (50)||Velton Gardner||ATH||Dallas Skyline (6A)||Kansas State|
|47. (34)||Jamal Morris||S||Fort Bend Bush (6A)||Oklahoma|
|48. (52)||Darwin Barlow||RB||Newton (3A)||Uncommitted|
|49. (37)||David Ugwoebu||DE||Katy Seven Lakes (6A)||Uncommitted|
|50. (26)||Brannon Brown||OG||San Antonio O'Connor (6A)||TCU|
|51. (47)||Kori Roberson||DE||Manvel (5A)||Oklahoma|
|52. (53)||Gilbert Ibeneme||DE||Pearland (6A)||Texas Tech|
|53. (NR)||Andrew Coker||OT||Katy Taylor (6A)||TCU|
|54. (NR)||Marques Caldwell||CB||Alvin (6A)||Texas|
|55. (NR)||Thomas Gordon||TE||Strake Jesuit (6A)||Northwestern|
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