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Katy Taylor offensive lineman Hayden Conner at the Next Level camp in Barbers Hill. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Who’s the best offensive lineman in Texas for the 2021 class?

Posted March 14th, 2019

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Texas has already identified its five targets along the offensive line in the 2020 class. Linemen Jaylen Garth, Logan Parr and Jake Majors are already committed, and the Longhorns are closing in on four-star tackles Chad Lindberg and Damien George. Landing all five would give Texas its best offensive line class in recent memory.

All Saints offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer receives instruction from former Longhorn Jonathan Scott at The Opening regional in Dallas.

The 2021 crop of offensive linemen could be even better. The state boasts at least five prospects that are in the mix for five-star status. The Longhorns are honing in on a group of them.

Who is the best of the bunch? Here are five candidates for best in-state offensive lineman in the 2021 class.  

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Reuben Fatheree, tackle, Richmond Foster

FYI: 6-8/300; five stars; No. 5-ranked offensive tackle

No. of offers: 23

Fatheree possesses an incredible amount of upside because of his height, length and footwork that developed from years of elite-level basketball. Fatheree is a massive player who moves better than expected and is starting to add good weight to his tall body. He’s a sure bet to stay a five-star talent with strong showing at the elite camps over the next two years. There’s no limit to his abilities if he focuses on football full-time once in college.

Donovan Jackson, tackle, Houston Bellaire Episcopal

FYI: 6-4/295; five stars; No. 4-ranked offensive tackle

No. of offers: 23

Jackson might be the best of the bunch if we’re talking today. He’s a physical force who possesses great fundamentals. He reminds me of Texas A&M signee Kenyon Green from the 2019 class because he’s advanced for his age in terms of skill set, but the talented lineman might end up at guard in college, which lowers his value in recruiting rankings compared to prospects like Fatheree. Jackson is a safe bet with a low floor as a prospect.

Tommy Brockermeyer, tackle, Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal 

FYI: 6-6/278; not yet ranked

No. of offers: 12

The son of Texas-ex Blake Brockermeyer caught everyone’s attention with strong showings at the Under Armour and The Opening camps in Dallas. He easily handled most of his competition and split reps with elite members of the 2020 class like fellow Texas target Prince Dorbah. Brockermeyer is built like the prototypical tackle and he’s clearly taught well with his father closely monitoring his development as a player.

Hayden Conner, tackle, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-5/298; five stars; No. 6-ranked offensive tackle

No. of offers: 19

Conner is a versatile lineman with a high motor and low floor. He’s a hard-nosed player who could wind up at tackle or guard in college. He’s an agile player for his size and doesn’t carry much bad weight. He was arguably the best player on a Katy Taylor offensive line that included TCU signee Andrew Coker.

Bryce Foster, guard, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4/318; four stars; No. 2-ranked guard

The best interior line prospect in the state plays alongside Conner on Taylor’s line. Foster is a bully up front and a natural when he pulls and traps. He moves well in space for a prospect his size and impressed as a pass blocker in recent camp settings. Foster’s upside increases even more if he can prove adept at playing center. He’s the best run blocker in the state.

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