For the third straight year Hookem.com and 247Sports are powering the Austin American Statesman's Fabulous 55.
Five-star wide receiver Robbie Rhodes is this year's top player in the Fab 55.
The 2013 Fab 55 is based off of the 247Sports state of Texas rankings. While Texas (Steve Edmond in 2011) and Florida State (Mario Edwards in 2012) landed the state's top prospect over the past two recruiting cycles, this year the Baylor Bears are going to get a letter of intent from the best the state has to offer in the class of 2013.
Fort Worth Southwest five-star wide receiver Robbie Rhodes topped the final rankings. One of three five-star prospects from the Lone Star state in this cycle, the 6-foot-1, 189-pound playmaking wideout was ranked just ahead of Sealy athlete Ricky Seals-Jones (Texas A&M) and Fort Worth Arlington Heights defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (Texas).
Robinson leads the way for the Longhorn contingent. Texas has nine commitments in the final Fab 55 with Harker Heights offensive guard Darius James (No. 5) and Richardson Lake Highlands offensive tackle Kent Perkins (No. 6) finishing in the top six.
The Longhorns had four commits in the top 30 – Dallas Jesuit wide receiver Jake Oliver (16), Celina offensive lineman Jake Raulerson (21), Irving High offensive guard Rami Hammad (27) and Whitewright athlete Tyrone Swoopes (30). Swoopes and Raulerson are already on campus as midterm enrollees.
Seals-Jones headlines a Texas A&M class that saw the Aggies nab 14 of the state's top 55 prospects. As of right now the Aggies have six of the state's top 20 recruits, including the defensive tackle duo of Carthage's Isaiah Golden and Dallas Kimball's Justin Manning, and remain in the running for one-time Texas commit Daeshon Hall of Lancaster (No. 15) and USC commit Torrodney Prevot (No. 31).
Oklahoma landed four prospects in this year's Fab 55, including the state's top running back prospect (Houston Cy-Ranch's Keith Ford) and the top pro-style quarterback in Texas (Colleyville Hertiage's Cody Thomas). Alief Taylor defensive end Obo Okoronkwu is the final player ranked in the Fab 55 at No. 55.
Among the high risers in the final rankings are Amarillo Palo Duro wide receiver/safety Montrel Meander, who finished as a four-star prospect ranked No. 33 overall. Texas Tech offensive line commit Cody Hayes of Fort Worth Eastern Hills also finished ranked as a four-star prospect and checks in at No. 34.
Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson is the highest ranked of the nine Longhorn commits on this year's Fab 55.
Oklahoma State running back Rennie Childs of Houston Cy-Ridge also saw his stock soar, as he finished ranked No. 46 overall.
All told the state had 51 four-star prospects in the final rankings.
2013 Fab 55 By the Numbers
1: Fab 55 member currently committed to two-time reigning national champion Alabama – Fort Bend Dulles CB Maurice Smith.
2: Uncommitted prospects on the list – Waco High DT Andrew Billings and Little Elm RB Ke'aun Kinner.
4: Fab 55 recruits heading to Texas Tech and Oklahoma, respectively.
7: Recruits in the Fab 55 who are headed to Pac-12 schools. Oregon (Dontre Wilson), Washington (Daeshon Hall), UCLA (Eldridge Massington and Deon Hollins), USC (Torrodney Prevot), Washington State (Montrel Meander) and Utah (Dre'Vian Young) are all represented.
9: Nine of the Longhorns' 13 commitments from the state of Texas made the list.
14: Texas A&M has the most recruits in this year's Fab 55 with 14.
The Fab 55 By Position:
Quarterback – 4, Running Back – 8, Wide Receiver – 13, Tight End – 1, Offensive Tackle– 4, Offensive Guard – 2, Center – 1, Defensive End – 3, Defensive Tackle – 7, Linebacker – 5, Cornerback – 3, Safety – 2, Athlete – 2
The Fab 55 By Conference
Big 12 – 25, SEC – 16, Pac-12 – 7, Big Ten – 3, Notre Dame – 2
The Final 2012 Fab 55
1. Robbie Rhodes, WR, Fort Worth Southwest – Committed to Baylor
2. Ricky Seals-Jones, ATH, Sealy – Committed to Texas A&M
3. A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Fort Worth Arlington Heights – Committed to Texas
4. Keith Ford, RB, Houston Cypress Ranch – Committed to Oklahoma
5. Darius James, OG, Harker Heights – Committed to Texas
6. Kent Perkins, OT, Richardson Lake Highlands – Committed to Texas
7. Isaiah Golden, DT, Carthage – Committed to Texas A&M
8. Derrick Griffin, WR, Rosenberg Terry – Committed to Texas A&M
9. Cody Thomas, QB, Colleyville Hertiage – Committed to Oklahoma
10. Mike Mitchell, LB, Plano Prestonwood Christian – Committed to Ohio State
11. J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls Rider – Committed to Ohio State
12. Justin Manning, DT, Dallas Kimball – Committed to Texas A&M
13. Dontre Wilson, RB, DeSoto – Committed to Oregon
14. Maurice Smith, CB, Fort Bend Dulles – Committed to Alabama
15. Daeshon Hall, DE, Lancaster – Committed to Washington
16. Jake Oliver, WR, Dallas Jesuit – Committed to Texas
17. Laquvionte Gonzalez, WR, Cedar Hill – Committed to Texas A&M
18. Andrew Billings, DT, Waco High – Baylor, TCU, Texas
19. Gary Moore, WR, Clarksville – Committed to Texas Tech
20. Kohl Stewart, QB, Houston St. Pius X – Committed to Texas A&M
21. Jake Raulerson, C, Celina – Committed to Texas
22. Ishmael Wilson, OT, Dallas Bishop Dunne – Committed to Texas A&M
23. Eldridge Massington, WR, West Mesquite – Committed to UCLA
24. Kameron Miles, S, West Mesquite – Committed to Texas A&M
25. Durham Smythe, TE, Belton – Committed to Notre Dame
26. Maurice Porter, OT, Fort Bend Marshall – Committed to Texas Tech
27. Rami Hammad, OG, Irving High – Committed to Texas
28. Kyle Hicks, RB, Arlington Martin – Committed to TCU
29. Dac Shaw, LB, Mineola – Committed to TCU
30. Tyrone Swoopes, ATH, Whitewright – Committed to Texas
31. Torrodney Prevot, DE, Alief Taylor – Committed to USC
32. Kyrion Parker, WR, Manvel – Committed to Texas A&M
33. Montrel Meander, WR/S, Amarillo Palo Duro – Committed to Washington State
34. Cody Hayes, OT, Fort Worth Eastern Hils – Committed to Texas Tech
35. Hardreck Walker, DT, Spring Westfield – Committed to Texas A&M
36. Kenny Hill, QB, Southlake Carroll – Committed to Texas A&M
37. Deoundrei Davis, LB, Houston Cypress Woods – Committed to Texas
38. Tavares Garner, CB, Manvel – Committed to Texas A&M
39. Kerrick Huggins, DT, Dallas Skyline – Committed to Oklahoma
40. Vincent Taylor, DT, San Antonio Madison – Committed to Oklahoma State
41. Deon Hollins, LB, Fort Bend Marshall – Committed to UCLA
42. Torii Hunter, WR, Prosper – Committed to Notre Dame
43. Brett Wade, LB, Kennedale – Committed to Texas A&M
44. Ke'aun Kinner, RB Little Elm – Boise State, Texas
45. James White, RB, Pearland Dawson – Committed to Texas A&M
46. Rennie Childs, RB, Houston Cypress Ridge – Committed to Oklahoma State
47. J'Mon Moore, WR, Fort Bend Elkins – Committed to Missouri
48. Devin Lauderdale, WR, Houston Bellaire – Committed to Texas Tech
49. Kyle Fulks, WR, Katy – Committed to Baylor
50. Fred Ross, WR, John Tyler – Committed to Oklahoma State
51. Adam Taylor, RB, Katy – Committed to Nebraska
52. Dre'Vian Young, RB, Aldine Nimitz – Committed to Utah
53. Antwuan Davis, CB, Bastrop – Committed to Texas
54. Ty Slanina, S, East Bernard – Committed to TCU
55. Obo Okoronkwo, DE, Alief Taylor – Committed to Oklahoma