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Rankings Storylines: Longhorns, Aggies off to hot start in Texas

 
Sam Spiegelman • Rivals.com
 

The inaugural Rivals250 was unveiled for the Class of 2021 and there is plenty of Texas flavor included in the rankings. There’s a quartet of five-stars inside the top-11 of the group, including 

, who opens as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country and the top player from the Lone Star State.

As we gear up for the season, Regional Recruiting Analyst Sam Spiegelman examines some of the biggest storylines, trends and observations surrounding the enormously talented group of players inside Texas for 2021 and what he’s looking forward to.

RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK FOR 2021 CLASS:

Monday: Top 10 revealed | Will USC nab No. 1 Korey Foreman?

Tuesday: Rivals100 revealed | New five-stars | Mind of Mike

Wednesday: Rivals250 revealed | Teams that should be pleased

Thursday/Friday: Position rankings revealed

Saturday: Team rankings revealed

CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

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HOT START FOR HORNS

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Quaydarius Davis (Sam Spiegelman)

Tom Herman’s team found its stride this summer as it began to add quality reinforcements to its 2020 class and landed some major foundational pieces to next year’s group as well. 

,   and   highlight the Rivals100 commitments for Texas, while  and   are notable pledges from the Rivals250.

There’s certainly a long way to go before Signing Day in 2021, but there are clear paths for the Longhorns to continue their in-state tear. Five-star offensive tackle 

 is a Texas legacy and  , another five-star tackle, has distinct ties to Austins. The other two five-stars atop the state rankings are running back  , who has been a steady visitor to Austin, and  , who’s teammates with Conner and is feeling the heat to team up in The Forty Acres.

Elsewhere, Herman and his staff have done early work getting into good spots with notable ranked prospects such as 

,  ,  ,  ,   and  , among several others. It’s certainly possible to see the Horns land multiple in-state five-stars before it’s all said and done.

FOUNDATION IN PLACE FOR AGGIES

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Shadrach Banks (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

It should come as no surprise that like Texas, the Aggies have hit on a few of their top junior targets early on. That includes Rivals100 wideout 

 and their quarterback of the future,  , who is sitting just outside the Rivals100 but will certainly have a chance to crack it with a big fall.

Of course, this is Jimbo Fisher’s program and that means the best is yet to come. 

 is a Texas A&M legacy, which gives A&M the early edge with the nation’s best guard — yes, someone who’s affectionately nicknamed “The Mountain.” Elsewhere, the Aggies have also positioned themselves well with a bevy of in-state targets such as  ,  ,   and  .

If nothing, it makes for some intriguing in-state battles between Texas and Texas A&M for some of the best in America.

LONG LIST OF IN-STATE QBS AND THEY COULD BE LEAVING THE STATE

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Preston Stone (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Two of Texas’ top signal-callers have given early commitments to the in-state powerhouses. That, of course, is 

, who has surfaced as the face of the Horns’ 2021 class as the quarterback and the lead recruiter of the group. There’s also  , an early Texas A&M pledge that the staff fell in love with after watching him sling it at camp this summer.

There’s still plenty of dominoes that need to fall, though. That includes the state’s top passer, 

, as well ranked quarterbacks   and   and intriguing three-stars  ,   and  . With spots in Austin and Aggieland already reserved, signs point to a lot of this Texas talent heading out-of-state.

Texas was a quiet leader for Stone for some time, but Milroe’s commitment opens up the door for USC or Alabama, or perhaps a local program like SMU to steal to a potential five-star talent. Nussmeier camped all across the Southeast and even into the Midwest. Davis has been closely linked to LSU, Florida State and Nebraska, but Texas A&M continues to recruit the state champion.

ROOM FOR RANKING SHIFTS?

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Cody Jackson (Rivals.com)

A quick glance at the talent inside Texas this cycle shows that the state is very heavy at quarterback, offensive tackle, wide receiver and defensive linemen. Naturally, that influx of talent makes for intriguing rankings debates at multiple positions.

Stone debuted as the state’s top passer and plays in an offense where he’s in line to produce incredible numbers, but there’s a case for Milroe, Nussmeier, Stowers and Davis to all make a charge for that spot. Brockermeyer is the No. 1 tackle in the land with sophomore film that leaves little doubt about the ranking, but an injury will sideline the five-star this fall. Could fellow five-star Byrd or Jackson make a convincing enough case to close the gap on Brockermeyer?

Banks replaced Davis as the state’s top wideout, but this is going to be a wildly competitive battle to the finish line. Neville is another Rivals100 talent that changed teams and could star in a high-octane offense this fall. Oklahoma pledge 

has shades of   in his game and will have a chance to play the same role in the same Foster High offense. Another name to watch is  , who made the Rivals250 cut and should be in store for a breakout campaign at Lancaster this season.

PLENTY OF POLARIZING PROSPECTS

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Shemar Turner (Rivals.com)

There are five-stars and four-stars, and then there’s always a few prospects that you gravitate toward because they’re so versatile, a little bit hard to size up but the potential is real. There’s a few in Texas’ 2021 crop for sure.

 

 added a fourth star and cracked the back end of the Rivals250 and it’ll hard to fully evaluate the talented Grandview athlete until he settles on a position. He’s a basketball player and that natural athleticism, vertical ability and strong hands usually translates well to the tight end position. Several programs are also after Crownover at defensive end, where he’s a bit raw but there’s a lot to like about his ability to chase down quarterbacks.

 

 is another four-star inside the Rivals250 who has yet to reach his full potential, but he flashes a lot of promising signs that he could be a havoc-causing defensive end or outside linebacker off the edge. Turner turned in a big camp season and plays all over the front seven for a loaded DeSoto squad. He’s in store for a big junior campaign if he can put everything together on the field.

 

 is a tight end, a defensive end and a defensive tackle. Whatever position you put him in, expect to be impressed. He’s listed as a tackle on Rivals because, ultimately, that’s where I expect him to fit in. All of the athleticism he flashes catching passes could come into play down the road when we’re evaluating him against the other top-flight tackles in the country.

And then there’s 

, a 6-foot-8, near-300-pound mammoth who is one of the most intriguing offensive tackles in the class. He’s also a star on the hardwood and played both right guard and left tackle a season ago. Fatheree has impressed this offseason and is coming into his own as a pass-blocking tackle.

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Landon Jackson had 3 big sacks tonight against Paris. Paris is a very good football team and should play deep in the palyoffs. Also, follow Texarkana GameDay on Facebook to catch highlights. They were at the PG game tonight and interviewed Jackson and Burris. Next week, Texarkana GameDay is at the Texas High and Arkansas High game involving Clayton Smith.

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2 hours ago, Sirhornsalot said:

She is circling the airport waiting for clearance.

 

TFB said we could see a commit from a recruit from a "north Dallas suburb". Does that match what you're hearing?

My guess would either be Camar Wheaton--just based on him being in a north Dallas suburb--or Ja'Tavion Sanders (if they're using Dallas to refer to the DFW metroplex).

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54 minutes ago, utb040713 said:

TFB said we could see a commit from a recruit from a "north Dallas suburb". Does that match what you're hearing?

My guess would either be Camar Wheaton--just based on him being in a north Dallas suburb--or Ja'Tavion Sanders (if they're using Dallas to refer to the DFW metroplex).

Sanders getting CB rolling in so I’d say it’s him 

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12 hours ago, utb040713 said:

TFB said we could see a commit from a recruit from a "north Dallas suburb". Does that match what you're hearing?

My guess would either be Camar Wheaton--just based on him being in a north Dallas suburb--or Ja'Tavion Sanders (if they're using Dallas to refer to the DFW metroplex).

Wheaton will likely take his visits.

The north Dallas suburb thing makes me think of Plano, Allen, etc. Denton is not technically a suburb but I suppose the writer may have thought so.

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1 hour ago, Slimer said:

@Sirhornsalot any intel from how the visits went?  Several sites saying we may land D. Jackson.

Thats what I've heard. Jordan is also expected at some point.

I hope they save a spot or two for those who develop during the season. There's always one or two who develop into big time players their last year

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2 minutes ago, Slimer said:

Perroni says Texas isn't a factor for Donovan Jackson despite multiple other sites and regional coverage guys saying Texas may even lead and putting in picks.  This should be fun.

Aggy self denial

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3 minutes ago, Slimer said:

Perroni says Texas isn't a factor for Donovan Jackson despite multiple other sites and regional coverage guys saying Texas may even lead and putting in picks.  This should be fun.

Who does pepperoni write for?

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1 hour ago, Slimer said:

Perroni says Texas isn't a factor for Donovan Jackson despite multiple other sites and regional coverage guys saying Texas may even lead and putting in picks.  This should be fun.

Setting up nicely for an aggy meltdown 

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9 minutes ago, MBHORNSFAN said:

Setting up nicely for an aggy meltdown 

They are going to have to fight like hell for aggy legacies in Jackson and Foster.  They both may even be Texas leans right now.  We are on the verge of running away with the state going forward.

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