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Maybe there's a reason why Texas is the second highest scoring high school football state in the country.
Most of its best players excel on the offensive side.
Of the top 50 recruits from the Lone Star State's 2021 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings, 35 play on offense, including 10 wide receivers, nine quarterbacks and eight linemen.
Of the top 25 Texas players, 20 of them play offense, including the No. 1 selection, 6-foot-6, 283-pound tackle Tommy Brockermeyer, who has yet to commit to college.
The next two positions that the Top 50 play are defensive line (seven) and defensive backs (six).
Many of the elite have already committed to stay close to home, with seven pledges going to Texas and four more to Texas A&M.
In all, 29 have already committed to college, including three to LSU and two each to Oklahoma, USC, Auburn and Texas Tech.
Ohio State, currently ranked No. 1 by 247Sports for its recruiting class of 2021, has landed only one high school recruit from Texas in guard Donovan Jackson, the state's No. 3 recruit overall.
Last season, by the way, Texas games averaged 58 points per game. Only Nebraska (59) averaged more.
See the complete Top 50 as compiled by 247Sports composite below.1. Tommy Brockermeyer, All Saints (Fort Worth)
6-foot-6 | 282 pounds | OT | Undecided
The No. 1 tackle in the country and No. 5 recruit overall has 25 offers, but appears to be choosing between LSU, Alabama, Texas and Auburn. Despite missing junior season with a shoulder injury, Brockermeyer "possesses requisite height and frame potential for an elite tackle prospect," wrote 247Sports midlands region recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks. "Plays with a high motor and displays block-finishing ability. Gets to second level well." 2. Camar Wheaton, Lakeview Centennial (Garland)
5-11 | 190 | RB | Undecided
The nation's No. 1 ranked running back and No. 16 overall recruit has rushed for a combined 2,248 yards and 29 touchdowns the last two seasons. He had 880 yards rushing on 68 attempts and 11 TDs as a freshman. He has 27 offers and appears to have narrowed his choices between LSU, Oklahoma, SMU and Texas. "Will easily eclipse the 200-pound plateau and should naturally maintain athleticism at heavier weight," Brooks wrote. "Big-play back with outstanding top-end speed."
3. Donovan Jackson, Episcopal (Bellaire)
6-4 | 308 | OG | Ohio State
Ranked the No. 1 guard in the country and No. 21 recruit overall, Jackson received 31 other offers other than Ohio State. He's got an 82½-inch wingspan. "Powerfully built with broad shoulders that will easily mature into a thick, athletic OL body type," wrote 247Sports director of scouting Barton Simmons. 4. Ja'Tavion Sanders, Ryan (Denton)
6-4 | 220 | ATH | Texas
Another 5-star recruit, Sanders is considered the No. 2 athlete in the country and No. 24 recruit overall. He's a Power 5 recruit on both sides of the ball, according to Brooks. He'll be either an edge rusher on defense or flex tight end. "Good height with enough frame space to add some bulk," Brooks wrote. "Strong junior campaign on offense reinvigorated case for long-term offensive positional home." 5. Savion Byrd, Duncanville
6-5 | 265 | OT | Undecided
Just dropped below the 5-star ranking, Byrd is the sixth-ranked offensive tackle in the country and No. 32 recruit overall. He has 21 offers, but appears leaning toward either LSU, SMU or Texas. Alabama, which hasn't landed a Texas commit, is also in the mix. "Wears his weight well and is built athletically relative to size with ample space for more bulk," Brooks wrote. 6. Billy Bowman Jr., Ryan (Denton)
5-10 | 175 | ATH | Texas
Will join teammate Sanders at Texas after helping his team to a 15-1 record and state finals appearance in 2019. The No. 3 ranked athlete in the country and No. 34 recruit overall, has run a 10.84 100-meter dash and long jumped nearly 23 feet. He's already had 144 catches in his career and 29 TD receptions. "Legitimate high-major prospect on both sides of the ball at receiver and defensive back," Brooks wrote. 7. LJ Johnson, Cy-Fair (Cypress)
5-10 | 204 | RB | Undecided
In two seasons, Johnson has rushed for 3,090 yards and 57 touchdowns, which is partially why he reportedly leads the state in college offers with 40. He's run the 40 in 4.42 seconds and has a nearly 35-inch vertical jump. "Wins one-on-one battles at second level with leverage and strength," Brooks wrote. "Gets downhill in a hurry." 8. Bryce Foster, Katy Taylor (Katy)
6-5 | 330 | OG | Undecided
Ranked the fourth best guard in the country and No. 65 recruit overall, Foster has 22 offers, including LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M. "Burly interior offensive line prospect with guard projections," Brooks wrote. "Often overwhelms one-on-one matchups with size and strength." 9. JoJo Earle, Aledo
5-10 | 170 | WR | LSU
Has piled up 149 catches and 2,691 yards in two seasons, and added another nearly 700 yards on the ground and 14 more scores. Also a track standout, Earle has a 37-inch vertical. Despite much size, "Flashes dynamic playmaking ability," Brooks wrote. "Quick-footed, nimble and sudden on the field." 10. Jalen Milroe, Tompkins (Katy)
6-2 | 192 | QB | Texas
Ranked the No. 4 dual-threat signal-caller in the country, completed 131 passes last season for 2,689 yards and 29 touchdowns. He was the District 19-6A overall MVP last season. "Impressively built QB with requisite height and frame potential," Brooks wrote. "True dual-threat with necessary tools as a passer and runner. Athleticism bears out in both departments." 11. Preston Stone, Parish Episcopal (Dallas)
6-2 | 205 | QB | SMU
Another dual-threat, Stone has passed for 9,739 career yards and 110 touchdowns as a three-year starter. He's thrown more than 1,000 career passes. He's ranked the No. 5 dual QB in the country and No. 87 recruit overall. Stone has 44 offers, including Alabama which came hard after him. "Snappy, quick release with little wasted motion," Brooks wrote. "Varies arm angles as needed. Light on his feet and does a good job extending plays." 12. Shadrach Banks, North Shore (Houston)
6-0 | 210 | WR | Texas A&M
Had just 22 catches for 426 yards and six touchdowns last season after hauling in 60 passes, for 1,300 yards and 17 scores as a sophomore. "Built like a running back and often runs that way after the catch," Brooks wrote. "Big-play machine."
13. Cody Jackson, Foster (Richmond)
6-0 | 175 | WR | Oklahoma
With 122 catches for 2,2419 yards and 33 touchdowns, Jackson has already buttoned up a productive career his first two seasons at Foster. He's rated the No. 16 receiver in the nation and is the 96 recruit overall. "Big sophomore numbers turned into even bigger junior stats," Brooks wrote. "Consistently stretches the field in a vertical passing game. Adjusts well to the ball in flight."
14. Clayton Smith, Texas (Texarkana)
6-4 | 220 | DE | Oklahoma
The Sooners scored another top 100 overall national recruit in Smith, who is ranked fourth overall at his position. He picked Oklahoma over 26 other offers after recording 20 sacks last season and 94 tackles overall. "Possesses a great frame that could translate to hybrid edge role, while showing the athleticism to play traditional off-line linebacker." 15. Garrett Nussmeier, Marcus (Flower Mound)
6-2 | 182 | QB | LSU
The nation's No. 99 overall recruit and eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback, Nussmeier completed 288 of 431 passes last season for 3,788 yards and 38 touchdowns. He earned District 6-6A MVP honors. "Accurate passer at all levels," Brooks wrote. "Shows good touch on time routes and other deep throws outside of the numbers." 16. Marcus Burris, Pleasant Grove (Texarkana)
6-4 | 262 | DE | Undecided
Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M appear his top choices of 16 offers thus far for the talented defensive end who Brooks thinks might move to inside largely because he "shows consistently good strength at the point of attack. He's a solid, physical tackler who finishes plays." He had 92 tackles, 20 behind the line of scrimmage including 13 sacks last season." 17. QuayDarius Davis, Skyline (Dallas)
6-0 | 193 | WR | USC
Has 65 career catches for 1,217 yards and 12 touchdowns his first two seasons, which helped land him 21 college offers. He's ranked the No. 17 wide receiver in the country and No. 103 recruit overall. "Field-stretching threat with physical style and competitive nature," Brooks said.
18. Landon Jackson, Pleasant Grove (Texarkana)
6-6 | 240 | DE | LSU
Had 110 tackles, including 29 for losses and 17 sacks during his highly productive junior season. He also forced seven fumbles, recovered four and broke up eight passes. "Elite height, enormous frame with a ton of space to add bulk to an already impressive build," Brooks wrote. "Flashes quick get-off with terrific closing speed in pursuit." 19. Shemar Turner, DeSoto 6-4 | 260 | DE | Undecided
With 39 offers, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M, Turner will have plenty of options heading into his senior season. He was first-team All-District as a junior while piling up 54 tackles, 10 for loss and eight sacks. He has 124 career tackles. "Flashes impressive pursuit ability and straight-line closing speed relative to size," Brooks wrote. 20. Dematrius Davis, North Shore (Houston)
5-11 | 190 | QB | Auburn
The sixth-ranked dual quarterback in the country is one of the most productive signal-callers in the state having led his team to a pair of Texas 6A-1 championships. Last year, he threw for 2,393 yards and 30 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Though below average height, Davis more than makes up for it with his arm and running skills and intangibles. "Aware in the pocket, he avoids pass rush to extend plays, inside and outside of the pocket," Brooks wrote. "Particularly good accuracy outside the numbers downfield." 21. Latrell McCutchin, LBJ Austin (Austin)
6-1 | 175 | CB | Undecided
Ranked the 13th best cornerback in the country, McCutchin has 31 offers but appears to be leaning toward Alabama or Oklahoma. Will be a third-year starter and fourth-year letterman this fall. "Size and play style could also translate to free safety," Brooks wrote. "Shows good ball skills for a DB, aided by ample experience in all three phases." 22. Sawyer Robertson, Coronado (Lubbock)
6-4 | 190 | QB | Mississippi State
Ranked the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country, Robertson completed 257-of-405 passes last season for 3,914 yards and 44 touchdowns, which are almost identical to his stats as a sophomore (326-of-513, 3,683, 43). "Tall, lean quarterback with ample space for adding good weight," Brooks wrote. "Very productive in pass-heavy spread offense." 23. Reuben Fatheree, Foster (Richmond)
6-8 | 305 | OT | Texas A&M
Picked A&M over 25 other offers, including Alabama, Auburn and Baylor. Also a super basketball player, "owns a very high ceiling as a pass-blocker because of length and natural athleticism," Brooks wrote. 24. Jaeden Roberts, North Shore
6-5 | 340 | OG | Auburn
The former St. Thomas Aquinas (Lenexa, Kan.) standout immediately contributed to North Shore's state championship last season. "Huge interior offensive-line prospect with college-ready size," Brooks wrote. "Thrives in the run game and flashes impressive point-of-attack strength."
25. J. Michael Sturdivant, Marcus (Flower Mound)
6-2 | 183 | WR | Undecided
Had 87 catches for 1,125 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, Sturdivant has 34 offers and is considering heading out West, where he has strong offers from Cal and UCLA. LSU and Oklahoma on his short list as well. Also a track standout in the sprints and jumps, "Knows how to run to find open space," Brooks wrote. Besides good height, he's considered "dangerous run-after-catch playmaker." 26. Ketron Jackson, Royse City
6-2 | 186 | WR | Undecided
With 61 catches for 889 yards as a junior, Jackson upped his recruiting stock. Has 21 offers, including Arkansas, Baylor, LSU and TCU. "Taller, long-framed wideout with big hands, a large catch radius and good frame," Brooks wrote. "Multi-sport athlete with impressive top-end speed thanks to a long stride." Also a track sprinter and jumper. 27. Kendrick Blackshire, Duncanville
6-2 | 250 | LB | Undecided
Despite missing entire junior season with a torn ACL, Blackshire has a huge upside. He has 29 college offers and among the schools he's considering are Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Baylor. Had 180 tackles as a freshman and sophomore at Horn (Mesquite) before transferring to Duncanville, which has lost in the 6A-1 state finals the last two years to North Shore. 28. Ishmael Ibraheem, Kimball (Dallas)
6-1 | 175 | CB | Undecided
Ranked the 13th-best cornerback in the country, Ibraheem has 34 college offers, including Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas. "Longer-framed cornerback with good frame potential," Brooks wrote. "Long-armed and long-legged with good height and length relative to build."29. JD Coffey, Kennedale
6-1 | 180 | S | Undecided
The District 6-4A-1 Defensive MVP as a junior, Coffey had 71 tackles, six for loss, and two interceptions. He has 32 college offers, but appears to be leaning toward either Texas, LSU, Oregon or Washington. "Versatile safety," Brooks wrote. "Capable of roaming chunks of territory as a center fielder. Shows free safety awareness and ballhawking ability with strong safety frame potential." 30. Eli Stowers, Guyer (Denton)
6-4 | 215 | QB | Texas A&M
Completed 183 of 279 for 2,969 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior with just four interceptions. Also rushed for 1,146 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ranked the seventh best dual threat QB in the country, Stowers has 17 other college offers. "Size and frame potential suggest a high arm strength ceiling," Brooks wrote. "True dual-threat quarterback. Dangerous cutback runner with good top-end speed."
31. Theeodore Knox, The Woodlands
5-10 | 167 | WR | Undecided
Has tremendous top-end speed, proved by top track times of 10.40 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.03 in the 200. He's run 4.42 40 and possesses a 36-inch vertical jump. Has 20 college offers, with Baylor, Mississippi and Texas as top possibilities thus far. "One of the fastest players in Texas," Brooks wrote. "Could become an impact Power 5 starter." 32. James Brockermeyer, All Saints (Fort Worth)
6-3 | 273 | OC | Undecided
First-team All-State as a junior, James is twin of state's top recruit Tommy Brockermeyer, his dad Blake played nine years in the NFL and his older brother Luke plays linebacker at Texas. He's got 17 offers, but appears leaning toward Texas, Auburn, Alabama or LSU. "Quick out of his stance and consistently initiates contact," Brooks said. "Motor runs high." 33. Dametrious Crownover, Grandview
6-6 | 235 | TE | Undecided
Ranked the eighth best tight end in the country, Crownover has 26 offers, including Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Texas A&M. "Possesses elite height and frame with space to continue adding good bulk," Brooks wrote. "Tall, long, two-way prospect at tight end and defensive end." Was a first-team, All-District selection as defensive end as a junior.
34. Shedeur Sanders, Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill)
6-2 | 198 | QB | Undecided
The son of NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, has had a highly productive prep career with 8,796 career passing yards and 123 touchdowns, leading his team to two straight state TAPPS titles. "Moves well and can extend plays," National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins wrote. "Has enough arm strength to get the ball down the field and shows nice touch on his deep ball." Has 25 college offers, including Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor and Florida.35. Jordan Thomas, Port Arthur Memorial (Port Arthur, Texas)
6-3 | 240 | DE | Texas
Ranked the No. 12 defensive end in the country, Thomas "possesses good height and plus frame with an athletic build," Brooks wrote. "Capable of packing a jarring punch at first contact. Drives blockers into backfield versus the run."
36. Behren Morton, Eastland
6-2 | 185 | QB | Texas Tech
Has thrown for 5,201 career yards in two seasons with 47 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Ranked the nation's No. 9 dual threat quarterback, Morton is "accurate passer who is light on his feet in the pocket and consistently sets and fires," Brooks wrote. "Buys time with his legs and works the middle of the field well. Accurate on the run going with or across body."37. Hunter Washington, Katy
5-11 | 178 | CB | Florida State
Returned two interceptions for touchdowns last season, Washington picked Florida State over 28 other offers. "Quick feet," Simmons wrote. "Has flashed fluidity, loose hips and sudden change of direction in camp settings. Breaks on the football with intention."
38. Derrick Harris Jr., New Caney
6-3 | 215 | DE | Texas
Has piled up 171 career tackles in two seasons at New Caney, with 8.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. "Displays impressive explosiveness," Brooks wrote. "Gets off the ball in a hurry and closes fast in pursuit." 39. Andrew Mukuba, LBJ Austin
6-0 | 185 | S | Undecided
Ranked the 12th best senior safety in the country, Mukuba has 35 college offers, with Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Texas among the schools he's leaning toward. Also a top receiver (33 catches for 641 yards as a junior), Mukuba is "a versatile playmaker with experience on both sides of the ball," Brooks wrote. "Unafraid to crash downhill against the run. Packs a punch at the point of arrival." 40. Bryson Green, Allen
6-1 | 203 | WR | Undecided
Has 65 career catches for 966 yards and 11 touchdowns. Has 19 college offers, including Baylor, Minnesota and Oklahoma State. "Solidly built outside receiver with virtually college-ready size," Brooks wrote. "Tough tackling assignment after the catch thanks to strength and physical playing style." 41. Kaidon Salter, Cedar Hill
6-1 | 185 | QB | Texas
Ranked the 10th top senior dual-threat quarterback in the country, Salter threw for 2,550 yards and 28 touchdowns (just six interceptions) last season. Also a top track competitor in the 300-meter hurdles and jumps. Was named the District 7-GA MVP as a junior. "Natural playmaker with instincts and feel," Brooks said. "Great improvisational skills." 42. Ahmonte Watkins, Klein Forest (Houston, Texas)
5-10 | 173 | RB | Undecided
A transfer from Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.), Watkins won the state 100 (10.71) and 200 (21.71) track titles as a sophomore in Louisiana. He has 17 offers, including Arkansas, Colorado, Houston and Kentucky. "Two-way prospect as an all-purpose back/receiver or safety," Brooks wrote. 43. Hayden Conner, Katy Taylor
6-6 | 317 | OT | Texas
The second big recruit from Taylor, Conner is ranked the 26th best tackle in the country. A first-team All-District player as a sophomore, Conner "possesses very good height and requisite length," according to Brooks. "Thrives in the run game. He's a block-finer. Should have a fairly high ceiling given size and lateral testing numbers."
44. Deuce Harmon, Guyer (Denton)
5-9 | 185 | CB | Texas A&M
Ranked the No. 22 cornerback in the country, Harmon has garnered 23 college offers, but picked the Aggies. He has 4.53 speed in the 40 with a remarkable 40-inch vertical jump. He has 90 career tackles in two seasons at Guyer. Was first-team All-District as junior, leading Guyer (14-2) to 6A-2 state finals. "Athleticism manifests on the field," Brooks wrote. "Shows encouraging lateral fluidity and top-end speed to defend the deep ball. Legit turn-and-run ability." 45. Brandon Campbell, Katy
5-10 | 190 | RB | USC
Made most of his opportunities with 883 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns in just 116 carries last season. A transfer from Pearland, Campbell was first-team All-District in 2019. "Athletic playmaker with impressive verified speed and agility," Brooks wrote. "Shows a good burst when he decides to plant and go." 46. Morice Blackwell Martin (Arlington)
6-1 | 196 | LB | Texas
Has piled up 240 career tackles in two seasons, including 128 with 13 being for loss last season, when he also forced four fumbles, recovered two that he returned for touchdowns. He was the unanimous District 4-6A Overall MVP. "Active, dynamic defensive playmaker who has lined up in multiple back-seven roles," Brooks wrote. 47. Jerand Bradly, John Paul II (Corpus Christi)
6-5 | 200 | WR | Texas Tech
Had 96 catches for 1,595 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, helping him land 27 college offers. "Owns college-ready size with physical ceiling to be a matchup nightmare," Brooks wrote. "Flashes impressive run-after-catch ability, especially for a big wideout." 48. Elijah Arroyo, Independence (Frisco)
6-4 | 210 | TE | Miami
Hauled in 47 passes for 648 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, earning him first-team All-District honors. That helped Independence reach the third round of the Class 5A-I playoffs for the first time in school history. He has 24 offers, including Alabama, Arizona State and Auburn, but he picked the Hurricanes. "Shows encouraging dexterity in ball skills," Brooks wrote. "Promising hands-catching ability."
49. David Abiara, Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield)
6-4 | 248 | DE | Notre Dame
The Irish are a District 6-5A D-1 first team selection who had 75 tackles, 21 for loss including 15 sacks as a junior. "Big-framed defensive end with requisite height and body space to add significant bulk in a college strength and conditioning program," Brooks wrote. "Strong at the point of attack. Shows ability to turn and setter blockers with inside arm." 50. Blaine Green, Allen
6-2 | 204 | WR | Undecided
Had 51 catches for 972 yards and eight touchdowns last season, helping him to garner 17 college offers, including Baylor, Minnesota and Oklahoma State. His older brother Seth Green is already at Minnesota as a wide receiver.