Way back in 2003, Case Keenum was the sophomore starting quarterback at Abilene Wylie High School.
Well, it’s never too early to look into the future when it comes to Texas high school football, and it appears that the Class of 2020 is quite capable delivering its own Miracle in Minnesota when it counts.
Some of the top prospects in the state aren’t going to graduate this spring. In fact, some of them aren’t even going to graduate in 2019.
These are the current 10th-graders who were district players of the year, stars on state champions, and happen to be some of the nation’s top-ranked athletes who reside in Dallas-Fort Worth.
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These Class of 2020 prospects will draw dozens of college recruiters to DFW during spring football drills, and garner plenty of invitations to college football summer camps.
With help from 247Sports.com, here are the top 30 DFW football players for the Class of 2020.
1. RB Jase McClellan
5-10, 195, Aledo
Committed to Oklahoma. Also considered TCU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Illinois, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon State, Oklahoma State and more. Named MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year in 2016 with 1,530 yards rushing, 20 TDs. Sidelined for six games by a wrist injury, but still rushed for 1,596 yards, 26 TDs in 2017.
2. DB R.J. Mickens
5-11, 175, Southlake Carroll
Offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, Michigan, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon SMU, UCLA and more. Recorded 99 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 forced fumbles, 13 pass deflections and 9 receiving TDs in 2017. He’s projected to commit with the Aggies, per 247Sports. Named to the Star-Telegram All-Star team.
3. ATH Drew Sanders
6-5, 220, Colleyville Heritage
Committed to Oklahoma. Also considered TCU, Baylor, Georgia, Oregon, Houston and Tulsa. Played QB, RB, WR, LB in 2017. Recorded 5 rushing TDs, 44 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 12 hurries. Accounted for 10 TDs in 2016 with Lake Dallas.
4. DL Branrard Wright
6-4, 270, Dallas Carter
Offers from Baylor, LSU, Oregon, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Jackson State and Morgan State. He’s projected to commit with the Tigers, per 247Sports.
5. DB Lorando Johnson
6-1, 175, Lancaster
Offers from TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
6. ATH Ja’Quinden Jackson
6-0, 185, Duncanville
Offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Houston and Jackson State.
7. QB Ken Seals
6-3, 190, Weatherford
Offer from Montana State. Visits to TCU and Oklahoma.
8. WR Zeriah Beason
6-0, 170, Dallas Bishop Dunne
Offers from Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Mississippi State and UT San Antonio. Recorded 11 TDs in 2017.
9. WR D.J. Graham
6-0, 170, Keller Central
Offers from Baylor, Georgia, Houston and Tulsa.
10. OL Courtland Ford
6-6, 305, Cedar Hill
Offer from Baylor.
11. DB Darius Snow
6-1, 190, Hebron
Offers from Georgia and Michigan State. Visits to Baylor, Oklahoma and more. Recorded 136 tackles and was voted first team all-state in 2017.
12. RB Seth McGowan
5-11, 195, Mesquite Poteet
Offers from Baylor, Arizona State, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Bowling Green.
13. RB E.J. Smith
5-10, 180, Dallas Jesuit
The son of former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith holds offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio State, Kentucky, SMU and Jackson State. Recorded 1,700 yards, 31 TDs in 2017.
14. RB Myles Nash
5-7, 170, Sachse
Offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
15. RB Emani Bailey
5-9, 185, Denton Ryan
Rushed for 1,250 yards, 15 TDs in 2017.
16. RB Ty Jordan
5-9, 185, West Mesquite
Recorded 900 yards, 8 TDs in 2017.
17. QB Brayden Thomas
6-1, 170, Saginaw Boswell
He’s already a deft passer, whether it’s a timing route or dropping the deep ball on the receiver’s hands and away from defenders. Nearly 5,000 yards passing, 60 TDs in his first two seasons.
18. WR Jay Wilkerson
6-1, 155, Midlothian Heritage
Recorded 700 yards, 10 TDs in 2017.
19. DB Chris Thompson
6-2, 180, Duncanville
Offer from Baylor.
20. LB Richard Silva
5-9, 200, Keller Central
Recorded 138 tackles, 26 for loss, 13 sacks in 2017. First team Class 6A All-State.
21. RB Stacy Sneed
5-9, 160, Mansfield Timberview
Offer from Baylor. Rushed for 500 yards, 9 TDs in 2017.
22. WR Marvin Mims
6-1, 165, Frisco Lone Star
Visits to Oklahoma and Illinois. Recorded 1,200 yards, 11 TDs in 2017.
23. RB Kaedric Cobbs
5-9, 200, Denton Guyer
Rushed for 1,400 yards, 25 TDs in 2017.
24. LB Brennon Scott
6-2, 210, Dallas Bishop Dunne
Offer from Mississippi State.
25. DL Grant Mahon
6-3, 260, Denton Guyer
Recorded 33 tackles, 7 for loss, 2 sacks in 2017.
26. OL Anthony Faz
6-5, 310, Dallas South Oak Cliff
Offers from Texas Tech, Arizona and Grambling State.
27. OL Andrej Karic
6-5, 240, Southlake Carroll
Offer from Baylor.
28. DB Plae Wyatt
5-11, 185, McKinney Boyd
Recorded 68 tackles, 5 for loss in 2017. Drawing interest from Alabama, Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, Utah, Washington and more.
29. DB Jonathan Davis
6-2, 170, Dallas South Oak Cliff
Offers from Arizona, Illinois, Illinois State, Jackson State and Morgan State.
30. QB Deuce Hogan
6-3, 185, Grapevine Faith
Visits to Iowa, Texas Tech and SMU. Recorded 2,700 yards, 29 TDs in 2017.