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New 2020 State Rankings: Texas

Zachary Evans
Zachary Evans


Spring football always gives way to revealing the next wave of talent in Texas quicker than in other areas around the country. Coaches from programs across the country have flocked to the Lone Star State looking to get in early on some of the top prospects in 2020, and in some cases, have already landed some pretty high-profile commitments. From a rankings perspective, a couple of early themes have emerged in the state that provide some interesting storylines to keep an eye on as the fall approaches.


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The resurgence of the quarterback 

Malik Hornsby
Malik Hornsby (Nick Lucero/

For the past few years in Texas, there have been decently ranked quarterback prospects, but very few of them have found a place in the Rivals250. The 2020 class already has three quarterbacks in that group: Hudson Card, Malik Hornsby and Ken Seals. The three of them land in the top 30 of the first state rankings as well, and are joined by Michael Henderson and Deuce Hogan in the initial group of 50 total players ranked in the state. The group behind those players is showing depth, too, and players like Brendon Lewis, Chandler Morris, Haynes King, and Hunter Dunn shouldn’t be waiting too much longer to find themselves in the conversation as well-ranked players in the state.

It's a dominant year for running back talent 

Jase McClellan has been on the radar since his freshman season as a player destined for national prominence but after last season, it was clear that Zachary Evans is a unique player at running back. This spring, the emergence of Seth McGowan and EJ Smith added even more clout to the top of the position, but players like Ty Jordan and Stacy Sneed coming up right behind them add some depth and excitement, as well. What’s even more exciting about the group at large is all the mentioned prospects are all in a different sort of mold than the next, so the way things shuffle out is going to be fun to watch.

Schools with multiple top prospects 

Houston-North Shore immediately jumps out in the top 50 as a team with several top talents. Outside of five-star Zachary Evans, the Mustangs also have high three-star linebacker Corey Flagg Jr. and highly recruited offensive tackle Damieon George. Dallas-area powerhouse Bishop Dunne features Rivals250 recruits Brennon Scott and Zeriah Beason as well as high three-star tight end Elijah Yelverton. The Falcons also have a couple of other unranked 2020 players that could find themselves on the list, as it is certain to grow through the fall – most notably, athlete/running back Jaden Hullaby, who is off to a fast start with his recruitment. Also well-represented is Duncanville, which has top talents on either side of the ball with athlete Ja’Quinden Jackson and Chris Thompson.

Big year for elite big men 

Courtland Ford
Courtland Ford (

On one hand, 2018 and 2019 were not particularly fruitful years for top-end talent along the offensive line in Texas, relative to what the expectation is on an annual basis. 2020, on the other hand, is a different story. With four players already in the Rivals250 – three of them being offensive tackles – things look like they’re trending in a different direction. Leading the way is Cedar Hill offensive tackle Courtland Ford. San Antonio-area prospect Logan Parr has really been starting to pick up some major offers between the end of spring and early summer, and Chad Lindberg has been one of the most-offered players in the class overall. Texas A&M has done well to strike early with the group, and already has landed early commitments from Akinola Ogunbiyi and Smart Chibuzo.


Monday: Revealing the top 10 players | Making the Case: Three who could land in top 10 | Who is the toughest to rank in 2020?

Tuesday: New Rivals100 | Mind of Mike: Farrell reacts to new R100 | Who should be No. 1 in 2020? | Will No. 1 player in 2020 head to Clemson?

Wednesday: The initial Rivals250 for 2020 | Five teams that should be pleased the most with new R250 | Rival Views: Who should top DL be? | Godfather and Gorney Podcast

Thursday: QB rankings | RB rankings | WR/TE rankings | OL rankings | Rivals Rankings Podcast | New Rivals250 by the numbers | Is Florida the team to beat for Manuel?

Friday: DL rankings | LB rankings | DB rankings | ATH rankings

Saturday: Team rankings breakdown

Sunday: Mid-Atlantic states rankings | Southeast states | Midwest states | Texas | Florida | West states