In previous years the Lone Star State has held a sizeable chunk of the ESPN player rankings, and the latest ESPN 150 and ESPN 300 lists continue to follow suit. Of the 300 names, 41 play in the Texas high school system.
Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) remains the highest-ranked player in the Midlands region. While he fell from No. 10 to No. 13 overall, he was switched from the nation’s top-ranked receiver to the nation’s top-ranked athlete, a position that better suits him because of his multiple hats at Sealy.
Seals-Jones, an uncommitted, four-star player who has narrowed his choices to LSU and Texas A&M, can play quarterback, receiver, safety and on special teams.
Four Texans make their debut in the ESPN 300.
Wide receiver Ra’Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline), an Oklahoma State commit, checks in at No. 197. Texas A&M-bound defensive tackle Isaiah Golden (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) is No. 229, and Oklahoma-bound quarterback Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) is No. 248.
Checking in at No. 255 is Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas/Waco), a two-way standout projected to play in college on the offensive line as a guard. Billings, who also is a solid defensive tackle, has narrowed his college choices to Texas, Baylor and TCU. Mississippi State and SMU are on the outside looking in.