Texas Top 100: 2018

Taking a crack at ranking the top 100 prospects in the state of Texas for the 2018 cycle. First, a few notes:

  • Moro Ojomo was initially inside the top 5, but didn’t hold the top spot. There isn’t a strong #1 in the state and I opted to give Ojomo the nod on the grounds that he could be the best 16 year old prospect in the country. The metro Houston product and Nigeria native has shown rapid improvement physically, adding an inch and a good 25 pounds since the summer. That’s translating on the field as well, where he turned in some of the best senior video of this cycle. The 2018 DT crop nationally is heavy on squat bodies and generally bereft of high-end athleticism. Give me the quick, long 16 year old who dominated in Texas’ top classification, despite only scratching the surface of his potential. 
  • Spencer Sanders spent most of the cycle as one of the more underrated quarterbacks nationally due in large part to missing the summer camp circuit. He was the best high school player in the state and is a top five quarterback nationally with ability to stretch the field vertically with a downfield arm in addition to being one of the more dangerous run threats at the position. Sanders throws into big windows in Denton Ryan’s offense, but will do the same in Stillwater. Don’t be surprised to see him push for the starting job as a true freshman. My comparison for Sanders’ physical skillset has been Dak Prescott, but I’ve also heard Deshaun Watson and don’t think that’s terribly off, either. 
  • While the Texas signees get most of the shine among the loaded defensive backs group, don’t overlook Cam’ron Jones and Trevon Moehrig-Woodard. Jones is a better athlete than nearly all of his cohort and is a twitchy defender with significant striking power. New Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has shown a penchant for being creative with similar players, so it would be logical to see Jones roll into the box at times for the Huskers. Moehrig-Woodard had a very quiet recruiting process but might be the most talented high school defensive back that Gary Patterson has signed at TCU. The San Antonio area prospect has nice size at 6’2, 190 and is capable of playing both corner and free safety. He’s a fluid mover and has high-end ball skills for the position-- he was an all-state wide receiver as a senior.
  • Speaking of wide receivers, you’ll have a hard time finding a better Group of 5 signee than Stefan Cobbs, who inked with Boise State. Cobbs flew under the radar for much of the process as a result of an ACL tear that wiped out his junior season. He turned in a monster senior campaign to the tune of 1,332 yards and 23 scores on 67 catches. Cobbs showcases a complete skillset- he has some of the best ball skills in the 2018 cycle, showcasing consistent high-point and downfield tracking ability to go with an array of one-handed circus grabs. Remember the Tyrone Prothro catch? Cobbs replicates that and it’s not the most impressive play from his season. He shows ability to win big and small and can create separation with speed and route-running in addition to very nice contact balance after the catch. I’ll be surprised if Cobbs doesn’t feast on Mountain West DB's during his time at Boise.
  • Texas and Baylor did a nice job identifying long and nimble offensive tackles. Reese Moore and Christian Jones are both new to the position and have more athletic upside and room for growth than many other heavier, more polished (and slower) tackles you’ll see ranked above them. The same goes for Baylor OL signees Connor Galvin and Jackson Kimble, as well as Colorado signee Frank Fillip.
  • There’s a lot to like about Baylor’s class, particularly when considering the Bears are coming of a 1-11 record in Matt Rhule’s first season. It’s apparent Rhule and staff are recruiting by athletic profiles with an emphasis on speed at the skill spots and frame/functional athleticism along the lines—and that’s a good strategy, especially when you aren’t dealing with the more heavily-recruited prospects in the state. Several of the WR’s and DB’s have among the best testing numbers in Texas and RB Craig “Sqwirl” Williams is in the conversation for most electric player in space, along with Jaylen Waddle.
  • Two more off-the-radar prospects I’m high on are guard Jacobi Lott and edge rusher Logan Hall. Lott is from up in the Panhandle and went unnoticed all the way until late November when Kansas offered. Texas made a last second push right before the early signing day but he opted to stick with the Jayhawks. Hall had a late growth spurt and at 6’6, 225, has as high an upside as any pass rusher in the state. He’s the type that will go to Houston and come out as an NFL draft pick in a few years. 
  • Nabbing Bobby Brown at the 11th hour was a big get for Texas A&M and makes it a solid defensive line class for the Aggies. Brown hasn’t always been the most consistent player on Friday nights, but possesses a + first step and has the ability to kick out as a big end, giving him one of the higher ceilings among DT prospects. I also like the longterm upside of Tyree Wilson. He’s raw as a pass rusher and has made most of his plays in pursuit to this point, but has a nice size/athleticism combination. A lot depends on how the Aggies recruit the position in 2019 (the early prognosis is that they’ll do quite well there), but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Max Wright end up on the offensive line before it’s all said and done.
  1. DT Moro Ojomo, Katy- Texas signee
  2. S/LB Demarvion Overshown, Arp- Texas signee
  3. CB Jalen Green, Houston/Houston Heights- Texas signee
  4. QB Spencer Sanders, Denton/Ryan- Oklahoma State signee
  5. DT Bobby Brown, Arlington/Lamar- Texas A&M signee
  6. S Caden Sterns, Cibolo/Steele- Texas signee
  7. WR Jaylen Waddle, Houston/Episcopal- Alabama signee
  8. S Cam'ron Jones, Mansfield- Nebraska signee
  9. CB/S Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, Spring Branch/Smithson Valley- TCU signee
  10. WR Stefan Cobbs, Keller/Fossil Ridge- Boise State signee
  11. S/ATH BJ Foster,  Angleton- Texas signee
  12. CB D'Shawn Jamison, Houston/Lamar- Texas signee
  13. RB Keontay Ingram, Carthage- Texas signee
  14. WR Tevailance Hunt, Texarkana/Texas- TCU signee
  15. OT Reese Moore, Seminole- Texas signee
  16. WR Jalen Preston, Manvel- Texas A&M signee
  17. DE Joseph Ossai, Conroe/Oak Ridge- Texas signee
  18. WR Brennan Eagles, Houston/Alief Taylor- Texas signee
  19. CB Anthony Cook, Houston/Lamar- Texas signee
  20. LB DaShaun White, North Richland Hills/Richland- Oklahoma signee
  21. OT Connor Galvin, Katy- Baylor signee
  22. ATH Vernon Jackson, Boling- Texas A&M signee
  23. RB Craig Williams, Crosby- Baylor signee
  24. CB Gemon Green, Desoto- Michigan signee
  25. S Leon O'Neal,  Cypress/Cy Springs- Texas A&M signee
  26. DE Tyree Wilson, New London/West Rusk- Texas A&M signee
  27. WR Tommy Bush, Schertz/Samuel Clemens- Georgia signee
  28. OT Christian Jones, Cypress/Cy Woods- Texas signee
  29. TE Mustapha Muhammad, Missouri City/Ridge Point- Michigan signee
  30. DE Logan Hall, Belton- Houston signee
  31. DT Otito Ogbonnia, Katy/Taylor- UCLA signee
  32. WR/ATH Jaquayln Crawford, Rockdale- Oklahoma signee
  33. DT Max Wright, Katy/Taylor- Texas A&M signee
  34. OG Jacobi Lott, Amarillo/Tacosa- Kansas signee
  35. OT Colten Blanton, Cypress/Cy Ranch- Texas A&M signee
  36. OT Frank Fillip, Houston/Clear Lake- Colorado signee
  37. DE Jarell Cherry, Dallas/Carter- LSU signee
  38. OG Luke Matthews, Missouri City/Elkins- Texas A&M signee
  39. WR Michael Woods, Magnolia- Arkansas signee
  40. QB Matthew Baldwin, Austin/Lake Travis- Ohio State signee
  41. OT Jackson Kimble, Southlake/Carroll- Baylor signee
  42. WR Erik Ezukanma, Keller/Timber Creek- Texas Tech signee
  43. WR Kam Scott, Manvel- Missouri signee
  44. OG Rafiti Ghirmai, Frisco/Wakeland- Texas signee
  45. OG Victor Curne, Houston/Second Baptist- Colorado signee
  46. WR Caleb Chapman, Friendswood/Clear Brook- Texas A&M signee
  47. LB Byron Hobbs, Fort Worth/Eastern Hills- Texas signee
  48. DT Keondre Coburn, Spring/Westfield- Texas signee
  49. ATH Jalen Knox, Arlington/Mansfield Timberview- Missouri signee
  50. DT Joshua Landry, Houston/Lamar- Baylor signee
  51. S Christian Young, Richmond/Foster- Arizona signee
  52. S Isaiah Humphries, Sachse- Penn State signee
  53. LB Jacoby Simpson- Houston/Aldine MacArthur- TCU signee
  54. WR Alvonte Woodard, Houston/Lamar- Texas signee
  55. S Atanza Vongor, Grand Prairie/South Grand Prairie- TCU signee
  56. LB Alston Orji, Rockwall- Vanderbilt signee
  57. WR/ATH Treveon Johnson, Brenham- SMU signee
  58. DE Joseph Ogunbanjo, Houston/Alief Taylor- Cal signee
  59. WR Kalon Barnes, Silsbee- Baylor signee
  60. WR Miles Battle, Houston/Cy Creek- Ole Miss signee
  61. LB/S Brian Johnson, Manvel- Texas A&M signee
  62. LB Bumper Pool, Lucas/Lovejoy- Arkansas signee
  63. DT/OG Chasen Hines, Marshall- LSU signee
  64. S Delarrin Turner-Yell, Hempstead- Oklahoma signee
  65. WR/ATH Jaylon Robinson, Forth Worth/All Saints- Oklahoma signee
  66. DT Calvin Avery, Dallas/Bishop Dunne- Illinois signee
  67. QB Tanner Mordecai, Waco/Midway- Oklahoma signee
  68. C Trey Stratford, Allen- Stanford signee
  69. OT Casey Phillips, Franklin- Baylor signee
  70. WR/CB Joshua Moore, Yoakum- Texas signee
  71. TE/ATH Brant Kuithe, Katy/Cinco Ranch- Utah signee
  72. RB Maurice Washington, Cedar Hill/Trinity Christian- Nebraska signee
  73. TE Brayden Willis, Arlington/Martin- Oklahoma signee
  74. ATH Taye Barber, Cypress/Cy Springs- TCU signee
  75. S Jayveon Cardwell, Cibolo/Steele- Oklahoma State signee
  76. DE Ochaun Mathis, Manor- TCU signee
  77. TE Ben Sims, San Antonio/Clark- Baylor signee
  78. S Kanion Williams, Dallas/South Oak Cliff- Oklahoma State signee
  79. WR/ATH Maureese Wren, Mesquite/Horn- Louisiana Tech signee
  80. OG Esteban Avila, Grand Prairie/South Grand Prairie- TCU signee
  81. LB Chad Bailey, Missouri City/Ridge Point- Missouri signee
  82. DT Shabazz Dotson, Cedar Hill- SMU signee
  83. LB Jacob Mangum-Farrar, Sugar Land/Kempner- Stanford signee
  84. WR Jonathan Shepherd, Kilgore- Oklahoma State signee
  85. OG Darrell Simpson, Justin/Northwest- Oklahoma signee
  86. S Tanner McCalister, Rockwall/Heath- Oklahoma State signee
  87. TE Bralen Taylor, Cuero- Baylor signee
  88. OT Weston Wright, New Braunfels- Texas Tech signee
  89. TE Malcolm Epps, Houston/Dekaney- Texas signee
  90. DT Dominic Livingston, Houston/Aldine Davis- LSU signee
  91. WR/ATH Montel Parker, Dickinson- Texas A&M signee
  92. CB Starrland Baldwin, Houston/Cy Falls- Oklahoma signee
  93. QB Clayton Tune, Carrollton/Hebron- Houston signee
  94. C/G John Lanz, Denton/Guyer- TCU signee
  95. OT Kaitori Leveston, Waco/Midway- Kansas State signee
  96. ATH Cedarious Barfield, El Paso/El Dorado- San Diego State signee
  97. CB Verone McKinley, Carrollton/Hebron- Oregon signee
  98. CB Jordan Rucker, Denton/Ryan- Purdue signee
  99. WR Gabriel Douglas, Denton/Ryan- Jones County Junior College (Miss.)
  100. S Jordan Moore, Yoakum- Texas A&M signee

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