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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is back on the football recruiting trail, and here’s a list of more than 50 prospects from across the Metroplex.
The buzz this week is the start of the Texas high school football playoffs, but National Signing Day is not far behind.
There’s an early signing period Dec. 20-22, followed by the traditional big day in February. This time it’s Feb. 7, 2018.
Most of the top prospects in Dallas-Fort Worth are committed and ready to ink their names on that special day with family and friends.
Some will announce their commitments before then, while some will do it on the big day. Others will elect to sign during the early period next month.
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WR Ke’Von Ahmad, 6-1, 185, Colleyville Heritage: 77 catches, 1,143 yards, 9 TDs in 2017. All-state in 2015. Offers include Baylor, Kansas and Louisville.
DL Alex Alvarado, 6-2, 250, Keller Fossil Ridge: Committed to Navy. Recorded 67 tackles, 13 for loss, 6 sacks, 20 hurries in 2017.
DB Jordan Austin, 6-1, 185, Lancaster: Committed to Oklahoma. Also considered Arizona, Mississippi State, Colorado State and Illinois State.
DL Calvin Avery, 6-2, 310, Dallas Bishop Dunne: Committed to Illinois. Offered by 24 other colleges including TCU, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
LB Ja’Quez Battley, 6-0, 205, FW Arlington Heights: Committed to Rice. Recorded 57 tackles, 11 for loss, 5 sacks and an interception in 2016.
QB Jason Bean, 6-1, 175, Mansfield Lake Ridge: Committed to North Texas. Threw for 3,000 yards and 29 TDs in 2016.
RB Kirby Bennett, 5-10, 215, Frisco Lone Star: 45 offers, 38 from a Power Five school. Recorded 868 yards rushing, 13 TDs in 2017.
QB Alan Bowman, 6-3, 200, Grapevine: Signing to Texas Tech in December and enrolling in the spring. 112 career TD passes.
LB Luke Brockermeyer, 6-3, 210, FW All Saints: Committed to Rice. Recorded 64 tackles, 16 for loss, 12 sacks in 2017. First-team all-state in 2016.
DL Bobby Brown, 6-4, 285, Arlington Lamar: Committed to Texas A&M. Also considered Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Houston.
WR Sorrell Brown, 6-2, 185, Arlington Martin: Committed to Tulane. Recorded 575 yards receiving, 6 TDs in 2017.
LB Rafael Carbajal, 6-3, 205, FW North Side: Committed to Texas A&M-Commerce. First-team all-district in 2016.
DL Jarell Cherry, 6-3, 225, Dallas Carter: Committed to LSU. Also considered Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and Oregon.
WR Stefan Cobbs, 6-2, 175, Keller Fossil Ridge: Committed to Boise State. Plans to sign in December. Recorded 1,284 yards receiving, 24 TDs in 2017.
LB Jacob Doddridge, 6-3, 220, Southlake Carroll: Recorded 41 tackles. 10 for loss, three sacks, 14 hurries, three forced fumbles. 5 offers from an Ivy League school- Columbia, Brown, Yale, Penn and Dartmouth.
DL Shabazz Dotson, 6-3, 270, Cedar Hill: Offers from Houston, Kansas State, Michigan, Duke, Indiana, Iowa State, Texas Tech, SMU and Memphis.
WR Gabriel Douglas, 6-2, 185, Denton Ryan: Committed to Texas Tech. Recorded 64 catches, 1,000 yards, 18 TDs in 2017.
WR Erik Ezukanma, 6-2, 185, Keller Timber Creek: Considering SMU, Texas Texas and Utah. All-state in 2016 – 130 catches, 2,200 yards, 30 TDs in the past two seasons.
DL Izaih Filikitonga, 6-2, 240, Euless Trinity: Offers include TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Utah and Arizona State. Named District Defensive Newcomer in 2015.
WR Josh Fleeks, 5-11, 170, Cedar Hill: Committed to Baylor. Also considered Georgia, UCLA, Tennessee, SMU, Houston and Texas Tech.
OL Clayton Franks, 6-4, 270, Mansfield Legacy: Committed to Texas Tech. Also considered New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, McNeese State and Northern Colorado.
OL Rafiti Ghirmai, 6-4, 290, Frisco Wakeland: Committed to Texas. Held 34 scholarship offers, 26 from a Power Five school.
WR Jackson Gleeson, 6-1, 160, Mansfield: Committed to Baylor. Recorded 619 yards receiving, 5 TDs in 2017.
WR Danny Gray, 6-1, 175, Dallas Madison: Committed to Missouri. Also considered Kansas and North Texas. First-team all-district in 2016.
DB Gemon Green, 6-2, 165, DeSoto: Committed to Michigan. Held 24 offers, 16 from a Power Five school.
DB German Green, 6-2, 170, DeSoto: Committed to Michigan. Also considered Oklahoma State, North Texas, Tennessee and Houston.
DB JaQualyn Greene, 5-11, 165, Arlington Bowie: Drawing interest from SMU, Houston, Cincinnati, Illinois, Tulsa, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech.
WR B.J. Hanspard, 6-0, 170, DeSoto: Committed to Houston. 632 all-purpose yards on offense. 37 tackles on defense.
WR Brendan Harmon, 6-5, 195, FW All Saints: Committed to Rice. Recorded 51 catches, 1,030 yards, 16 TDs in 2017.
TE Christoph Henle, 6-6, 245, Arlington Oakridge: Committed to Baylor. First-team all-state in 2016 with 41 catches, 582 yards, 9 TDs.
LB Byron Hobbs, 6-4, 205, FW Eastern Hills: Signing to Texas in December. First-team all-district in 2016 with 86 tackles and 9 sacks.
WR Drue Jackson, 6-1, 185, Garland Sachse: Committed to Washington State. Also considered Wisconsin, Utah, Texas Tech and Iowa.
DB Cam’ron Jones, 6-0, 200, Mansfield: Committed to UCLA. De-committed from Texas Tech last year. Also considered Oklahoma and Mississippi State.
QB Trey Jones, 5-10, 195, FW South Hills: Committed to Massachusetts. Over 7,000 yards of total offense and 96 TDs in his career.
OL Jackson Kimble, 6-5, 260, Southlake Carroll: Committed to Baylor. Also considered Arizona, TCU and Texas Tech.
WR Jalen Knox, 6-0, 185, Mansfield Timberview: Committed to Missouri. Also considered Wisconsin, Utah and Baylor.
OL John Lanz, 6-2, 295, Denton Guyer: Committed to TCU. Also considered Baylor, Arizona State, Texas Tech, SMU and Purdue.
LB Grayson Mann, 5-11, 210, FW All Saints: Committed to Northwestern. Recorded 49 tackles, 10 for loss, 7 sacks in 2017.
QB Prince Mavula, 6-2, 175, Justin Northwest: 5,430 yards passing, 50 TDs and 18 rushing TDs in the past two seasons. Offers from Midwestern State, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Northeastern State.
DB Verone McKinley, 5-10, 170, Hebron: Committed to Oregon. Recorded 88 tackles, 9 interceptions, 21 pass deflections in the past two seasons.
DL Kevin Nelson, 6-2, 300, FW Arlington Heights: Committed to UT-San Antonio. Also considered Arizona State, Colorado State and San Diego State.
LB Larry Nixon, 6-2, 205, Richland: Committed to North Texas. Recorded 87 tackles, 10 for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles in 2016.
OL Noel Ofori-Nyadu, 6-4, 285, Mansfield Timberview: Signing to Connecticut in December. Also considered Boise State, Tulane and New Mexico State.
WR Julian Ortega-Jones, 6-2, 185, North Crowley: Committed to Louisiana-Monroe. Recorded 52 catches, 888 yards, 18 TDs in 2017.
WR Jaylon Robinson, 5-10, 170, FW All Saints: Committed to Oklahoma. De-committed from Texas Tech in June. Recorded 52 catches, 848 yards, 13 TDs in 2017.
DL Arnold Saidov, 6-2, 225, Keller Fossil Ridge: Signing to New Mexico State in December. Recorded 67 tackles, 14 for loss, 13 sacks, 4 forced fumbles in 6 games this season.
QB Spencer Sanders, 6-2, 190, Denton Ryan: Committed to Oklahoma State. Recorded over 7,700 yards of total offense and 98 TDs in the past two seasons.
OL Darrell Simpson, 6-7, 335, Justin Northwest: Committed to Oklahoma. Held 24 scholarship offers, 22 from a Power Five school.
OL Trey Stratford, 6-4, 270, Allen: Committed to UCLA: Held 25 scholarship offers, 14 from a Power Five School.
RB Brock Sturges, 5-10, 200, Allen: Committed to Arizona State. Recorded 1,228 yards rushing, 19 TDs in 2017.
DL Spencer Trussell, 6-3, 215, Arlington Martin: Signing to Kansas State in December. Recorded 42 tackles, 10 for loss in 2017.
DB Atanza Vongor, 6-1, 200, South Grand Prairie: Committed to TCU. Held 20 scholarship offers, 19 from a Power Five school.
RB Maurice Washington, 6-0, 175, Cedar Hill Trinity Christian: Offers from LSU, Missouri, Ohio State, Mississippi, USC and Washington.
LB DaShaun White, 6-1, 220, Richland: Committed to Texas A&M. Held 21 scholarship offers, 13 from a Power Five school. Also considered Oklahoma.
DL James Williams, 5-10, 300, Aledo: Committed to Montana State. Recorded 173 tackles, 23 for loss, 13 sacks in the past two seasons.
TE Brayden Willis, 6-4, 215, Arlington Martin: Offers from 18 schools. Has played some quarterback this season – 1,488 yards of total offense and 21 TDs.