James Lott’s Top 20 Recruits In Texas – Class Of 2018

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1. BJ Foster S 6-1- 190 Angleton

Lott’s analysis: Best athlete in this year’s class with the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball. Extraordinary talent with overwhelming ability. He plays running back and safety at Angleton, but he projects as a Safety at the next level. Rangy prospect who can make plays off the hash on the ball as well as making bone jarring tackles on ball carriers. No brainer here, this kid will be big time!

2. Anthony Cook CB 6-0- 180 Houston Lamar

Lott’s analysis: I like this kid a lot. Big time CB prospect with all the intangibles to be a big time player at the next level. Prototypical length, 6-1 with long arms to harass wide receivers down the field. Aggressive, lock down CB who has to ability to shut down the top receivers in the county. Cook currently holds offers from all of the top programs in the country. NFL potential!!

3. Brennan Eagles WR. 6-3 1/2 -215 Alief Taylor

Lott’s analysis: Eagles burst on the scene after putting together a stellar performance last year at The Opening. Excellent Wide Receiver prospect whose stock has been growing through the roof over the last 4 months. Big, athletic receiver with good speed, long arms and excellent catch radius. Put on a show at the Under Armour camp last month against some of the top Cornerbacks in the State. Has the speed to threaten a defense vertically and the size to break weak arm tackles. Caught 55 balls for 1,069 yards last season as a Junior.

4. Caden Sterns S 6’1-185 Cibolo Steele

Lott’s analysis: Sterns is a four-star safety prospect that committed to LSU last fall before the end of his Junior season. Finished his junior season with 82 tackles and 3 interceptions. Sterns adds versatility to the safety position with a combination of great size, 6-1 and the range to make plays off the hash or come down and lower the boom as a tackler. Has the versatility and coverage skills to line up and cover slot receivers and tight ends on 3rd down situations. He’s long and is at his best when he can play Free Safety and roam the secondary. Smart player with very good instincts as a youngster.

5. Jalen Green CB 6’1-175 Houston Heights

Lott’s analysis: Big, long CB prospect with the speed and versatility to lock down a whole half of the field. Tremendous upside with great length and coverage ability. Special talent who has the ability to eliminate an opponents top receiver. I really like this kid a lot, he plays with great confidence and excels at bump and run coverage. Very good looking prospect on the hoof, definitely looks the part up close. Confident player who plays with swag. Has offers from just about every D1 major in the country.

6. Mustapha Muhammad TE 6’4-235 Missouri City Ridge Point

Lott’s analysis: Skilled athletic TE who can also line up and create mismatches out wide against smaller DBs. Excellent athlete with good speed and the ability to win jump ball throws down in the red zone. Muhammad is a big, athletic specimen who is an established route runner. Versatile kid who can play with his hand in the dirt, out wide as a wide receiver or as an H-back. Big time player with great upside!

7. Jaylen Waddle WR 5’9 ½ -175 Bellaire Episcopal

Lott’s analysis: Waddle is not very big but he makes up for his slight size with extraordinary speed and play making ability. He’s used in various situations to produce big plays on his offense, as a slot receiver or running back out of the back field. Waddle has explosive big-play ability as a returner in the kicking game. He’s just a big play slot receiver who can take the top off the defense. Waddle is also hard to corral and tackle in space.

8. Max Wright DE 6’4-270 Katy Taylor

Lott’s analysis: Wright first popped up on the the recruiting radar two years ago as a starter at Katy Taylor. Today, he’s a 4-star prospect with great 1st step quickness and agility for a big man. At 6’4-270 Wright is a nightmare for opposing QBs with his pass rushing ability and run stuffing skills. Has multiple offers from a lot of the D1 majors across the country. Wright plays DE in a 3-4 defense in high school and will probably grow into a 300 lbs. 3 technique at the next level.

 

9. Leon O’Neal Jr. S 6’1-195 Cypress Springs

Lott’s analysis: I really like this kid a lot. Plays the Safety position with authority and will come up and knock your block off. Best suited down in the box as a run stuffer, but has the ability to also play on the hash. Very confident player who is not afraid to line up and shut down some of the top receivers in the State. Stock has risen over the last 6 months. Big-bruiser with a Linebacker’s mentality.

10. Barton Clement OG 6’3-300 Fort Bend Marshall

Lott’s analysis: Hands down my pick as the top OL prospect in the 2018 class. Big, talented dancing bear with great flexibility in his hips, knees and ankles. Clement does not have elite length but he makes up for it with excellent power and athleticism. He’s a definite Guard prospect at the next level. Will fire off the ball and collapse a whole side of the defense. Dominates his opponents. Excels as a run blocker.

11. Luke Matthews OG 6’4-310 Missouri City Elkins

Lott’s analysis: Big, talented athletic interior OL who can be dominating at times. Luke is the son of 19 year NFL veteran and Pro Football Hall Of Famer, Bruce Matthews.  As most football insiders know, the Matthews clan are the First Family Of Football. Luke is an O-Line prospect that has the tools and genes to become a Sunday player. He has the power to dominate at the point of attack as a run blocker and the technical skills needed to become an elite pass blocker at the next level. Like all the Matthews boys, he’s heading to Texas A&M.

12. Jalen Preston WR/ATH 6’2-210 Manvel

Lott’s analysis: Preston is simply one of the best athletes in the 2018 class. Versatile player who is built like a linebacker but has the footwork and speed to excel at wide receiver or defensive back at the next level. Excels as a big play Wide Receiver who can go up and attack the ball at its highest point and make circus catches. He’s simply stronger than most teenagers and he uses that strength to create space and catch balls in traffic. Can also beat you with his speed over the top. Holds multiple offers. As a Junior, he caught 33 passes for 664 yds. and 10 Td’s.

13. D’Shawn Jamison CB 5’10-175 Houston Lamar

Lott’s analysis: I first saw this kid up close at The Opening in Houston in February. Excellent frame and length with long arms and excellent ball skills. Rising player with excellent speed and coverage ability. Jamison and Anthony Cook form the most talented duo of lockdown corners in the nation. Elite cover corner with the ability to lock down a team’s elite receiver. Shows elite feet and agility skills. 4 star prospect with multiple offers.

14. Al’vonte Woodard WR 6’1-195 Houston Lamar

Lott’s analysis: Another elite prospect coming from a loaded team at Houston Lamar. The Texans are known to have great defenders, but Woodard is an elite receiver who has the size and speed to threaten defenses over the top. Excellent strength and power to push off and create space against defenders. Shows excellent hops to go up and snatch the ball out of the air. Over the past two seasons Woodard has caught 60 passes for 1,295 yards and 19 touchdowns. Still raw but tremendous upside!

15. Keondre Coburn DT 6’1-325 Spring Westfield

Lott’s analysis: The top DT prospect in the 2018 class. Gifted and agile “dancing bear” with excellent 1 st step quicks off the ball. Powerful build, 6’1-328 with strong legs and hands to overpower offensive lineman. Can beat you with both speed and power. Plays with great motor and will chase down ball carriers from the backside. Disruptive force at the point of attack. Can play either the one or three technique at the next level.

16. Bobby Brown DT 6’4-275 Arlington Lamar

Lott’s analysis: Excellent length and frame at 6’4. Athletic and versatile DL prospect that has played all positions on the DL. Has the frame to grow to be a 300 pounder at the next level. Shows good twitch off the ball and can be very disruptive when he plays with good pad level.

17. DeMarvion Overshown SS 6’4-200 Arp

Very tall and long for the position with excellent length and frame. Big time athlete with great range and the ability to both run the alley and make plays on the ball off the hash. Shows good mobility and feet for a big guy with good instincts to the football. Excellent knock-back tackler who uses his big body to punish ball carriers. Prototypical Safety with all the intangibles to be a great one!

18. Malcolm Epps TE 6’5-220 Spring Dekaney

Lott’s analysis: Epps is built like a basketball player, tall long with 6’6 frame. Excellent red zone target with the wing span to create multiple mismatches in the redzone. Can be physical and uses his body well to push off and create separation against defenders. Can line up with his hand in the dirt or as a flex receiver. Instant mismatch nightmare against smaller DBs.

19. Colten Blanton OT 6’6-275 Cy Ranch

Lott’s analysis: Blanton is on the top OT prospect in the 2018 class and his headed to A&M with top OG Luke Matthews. Excellent size and length with long arms. Will grow to be a 300 plus player at A&M. Excellent feet and agility for a big man. He’s a no doubt dominant player at the next level!

20. Alston Orji LB 6’2-223 Rockwall 

Lott’s analysis: Big athletic LB’er with excellent size, speed and athleticism. Excellent frame and length to chase down plays from sideline to sideline. Every down Linebacker who shows added value with his ability to stay on the field on 3rd down situations as a pass defender. Strong and physical as a run stopper at the point of attack. Excellent skills as a pass rusher off the edge. Still very raw and unrefined, but excellent potential.

 

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