Initial Inside Texas Top 50 for the Class of 2022

Eric Nahlin

Humble Scribe
Staff member
Dec 19, 2011
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By Gerry Hamilton and Eric Nahlin

IT Top 50 for 2022
As we say at Inside Texas, recruiting matters. In the case of the 2022 class, recruiting will matter a lot in a state absolutely loaded at the offensive skill positions.

There is not any doubt who the top overall prospect in the class is, Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers. He’s the best natural passer the state has produced since Kyler Murray.

The wide receiver position is where the rankings will be looked at very closely, and will likely have plenty of movement in the next year with a number of prospects that are being nationally recruited, and will be or should be.

Without further adieu, IT releases the first Top 50 state rankings in the 2022 class.

1 Quinn Ewers, QB, Southlake Carroll
6-3, 205
Gerry Hamilton: Even in a very strong 2022 class, this one is a no brainer for No. 1 overall. The one-time Texas verbal literally has everything one looks for at the quarterback position, most importantly calmness under duress.

Eric Nahlin: Lively arm, sees the field, accurate, good enough athleticism to extend the play, or make one himself. On top of it, he’s a student of the game every bit as much as players who get by mostly on that trait alone.

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2 Ernest Cooper, DE, Arlington Martin
6-5, 235
GH: Cooper is a can’t miss prospect due to the frame, agility, work ethic and intelligence. His play over the 2020 season has improved as well to feel confident about the ranking. Cooper can still improve his snap anticipation, and become more of a pass rushing force. Stanford leads large here.

EN: Same school as Myles Garrett but has the high floor and positional versatility of Solomon Thomas. Like Thomas, also loves Stanford. Impressive kid, on and off the field.

3 Denver Harris, CB, North Shore
6-1, 180
GH: North Shore has had a number of tremendous defensive backs over the years, and to hear the staff say Harris is Chykie Brown with scheme versatility says a lot. And that is spot on. It’s more than just frame and athleticism, but the football smarts to be able to play bump man and zone.

EN: Unquestionably a first round NFL talent due to size, speed, and movement skills. Ball skills have improved since his sophomore year. An easy case can be made he’s the #2 player in the class but we’ll let it play out a bit more.

4 Malick Sylla, DE, Katy High
6-6, 230
GH: Sylla’s best football is way out in front of him. His combination of frame, length, initial quickness and reactive quickness are elite on a national level. Sylla can win in the backfield with initial quickness, and disrupt passing lanes with length.

EN: I call him the Joseph Ossai version of Charles Omenihu. By that I mean he has Ossai’s freaky athleticism and wiry build, but will need some time to develop while growing into defensive end, just like Big Charles. Sylla has tremendous pass rushing upside.

5 Evan Stewart, WR, Frisco Liberty
6-0, 175
GH: If one is looking for a receiver that can take the top off a defense and tell one million TikTok followers how he did it, Stewart is your man. This is real quickness and speed in spades, that is also a productive player on Friday nights.

EN: A clear vertical threat schools will want to move around to hunt matchups. He’s also dangerous in the jet sweep game. If he gets the corner or a step he’s gone.

6 Harold Perkins, OLB, Cy-Park
6-3, 200
GH: Pound for pound, this may be the best athlete nationally in the 2022 class. A true freak athlete that ran a laser 4.49 on grass in mid-July at over 200-pounds. Perkins is more than just an athletic freak, however, he’s a quickly developing linebacker that plays with the physicality needed to be elite. He lacks only long arms from being a potentially special prospect.

EN: You can tell he’s a future star just by watching him at running back. I love running back as an evaluation tool for future linebackers but you don’t need it with Perkins. He’s can’t-miss athletically. As the game slows down for him he has unlimited potential.

7 Bryan Allen Jr., S, Aledo (LSU commit)
6-0, 180
GH: The Aledo staff that has had many nationally recruited players come through over the years believes that the LSU verbal is elite, and I agree. Allen is smooth in his pedal, closes on the ball quickly, possesses long arms and good timing for leaving his feet to make a play on the ball.

EN: I’ve likened him to Michael Huff because he can cover or close from depth in a hurry. He can star in any scheme.

8 Devon Campbell, OG, Arlington Bowie
6-4, 295
GH: If the HUDL video and in person evaluation doesn’t do it, just turn on some hoops highlights and it’s easy to see why he’s coveted. The feet and agility at his size aren’t easily found. Soft spoken and nice when you meet him in person, but will bury you on Friday nights in the run game.

EN: Guards often get dinged from a value standpoint but that’s out the window with Campbell because he’s that awesome of a prospect. With guards you should ask yourself, could he play defensive tackle? The answer is a resounding yes when it comes to Campbell.

9 Terrance Brooks, CB/N, John Paul II
6-0, 185
GH: After seeing Brooks in person in the summer and early in the season, I walked away convinced Brooks can play corner well at the next level. He is attached in coverage, physical, plays with his eyes and is nearly alway in position to make a play on the ball. NFL pedigree doesn’t hurt either.

EN: Good length, great athlete, and the corner ability is a bit of a revelation after being evaluated as a safety as a sophomore. Brooks’ recruiting profile should rise nationally.

10 Caleb Burton, WR, Del Valle
6-0, 165
GH: A fluid and smooth natural receiver that makes playing the position look effortless. Sometimes when a player has been on the radar as long as Burton, he slowly moves down the rankings. Not up in here! Only a negative return from a season ending knee injury could change thoughts on the Austin area star.

EN: He’s a complete receiver. He could be an outside home run threat, or if he wanted, a slot who was impossible to cover with safeties. I don’t think the knee injury will slow him down much with vertical routes being such a big component of his game.

11 Omari Abor, DE, Duncanville
6-4, 245
GH: Another prospect with his best football way out in front of him. After you get past the very high pad level, and start watching the agility and quickness with the frame he possesses, it’s not hard to see Abor developing into a top 5 prospect in the class a year from now.

EN: I think he eventually ends up an interior player and as I like to say, there’s tons of value in the spin. He’ll keep his movement skills as he slowly adds size and become a monster. That isn’t to say he couldn’t be a very good strong side defensive end.

12 Jaydon Blue, RB, Klein Cain
5-10, 200
GH: Having seen Blue in person on the practice field and on Friday night this season, he has a special pair of hands for a running back prospect. He’s got the big play ability at running back, but it’s the versatility in the passing game with 10.6 100-meter wheels that makes him an elite prospect.

EN: I love a pinball back who bounces and darts his way to open grass. Add in his quality hands and slot receiver movement skills, and he’ll have coaches adding a few pages to the playbook.

13 Brenen Thompson, WR/ATH, Spearman
5-10, 165
GH: Whats not to like? Thompson has 10.2 100meter speed and works on a farm when he’s not scoring touchdowns or lapping the field at track meets.

EN: I think he’s going to end up at wide receiver because he’s too dangerous with the ball in his hands. He could be an exceptional defensive back, though, too.

14 Connor Weigman, QB, Bridgeland
6-1, 195
GH: The two-sport star is leading Bridgeland to an undefeated regular season with the ability to make plays with his arm and feet. He possesses more than functional athleticism at the position, and the arm talent to fit the ball in between safeties and corners; and the offers have been rolling in as more game tape has hit HUDL.

EN: I like baseball players because of the quick syncing of the lower and upper half — quick feet, quick release. They’re also used to throwing off balance or from different arm slots. Weigman has those goods along with middle infielder athleticism.

15 Jordan Hudson, WR, Garland (Oklahoma commit)
6-1, 185
GH: The best set of hands in a loaded in state receiver class, and is very under valued after the catch. He has a knack for making the first and second defender miss after the catch. Hudson isn’t going to win on pure speed, but he will still win. Physical coverage doesn’t shake Hudson.

16 Bryce Anderson, S/N, West Brook (LSU commit)
5-11, 185
GH: Anderson is dabbling with the idea of trying to play QB at the next level, but his upside is at defensive back. This is a tremendous football player, period. He has DB versatility. Playing quarterback in a spread scheme at West Brook will only help him maximize as a defensive back.

17 Neto Umeozulu, OG/T, Allen
6-5, 300
GH: Probably the most under valued talent in the 2022 class at this point. The junior season video is full of checked boxes. This guy is physical on contact showing initial pop/strength. He can run his feet and punish in the run game, is impressive moving his feet and playing in his hips in space and has body quickness in pass pro. If he maximizes his ability, he will play on Sundays.

EN: I think he could play tackle, but his ceiling at guard is extremely high. He wants to move people in the run, game but he’d be elite in pass pro from the interior.

18 Jamarion Miller, RB, Tyler Legacy
5-10, 185
GH: While Blue has the best hands and is the fastest of the running back prospects in the state in 2022, Miller has that East Texas toughness and has also shown the ability to line up at receiver and make plays this season. He should have 25+ offers at this point.

EN: Has similar versatility to Blue but he’s not quite as well known. That will probably change over time.

19 Kelvin Banks, OT, Summer Creek
6-5, 290
GH: Banks is an impressive technician with a very good frame and ideal 81-inch wingspan. He impressed in last weeks loss to North Shore with his ability to mirror. Banks is a physical run game finisher away from being elite nationally.

20 P.J. Williams, OT, Dickinson
6-5, 240
GH: Williams may have the highest ceiling of any offensive lineman in the state. The frame has plenty of upside, the feet are that of a basketball power forward, the wingspan is 84-inches and the hands are over 10-inches. College coaches absolutely love to develop tackles like Williams.

EN: I’ve always been a fan of the grow’em template for offensive tackles. That is, find an athletic blank slate like Williams, and don’t even worry about weight because that’s the easiest thing to add.

21 Armani Winfield, WR, Lewisville
6-2, 180
GH: Another smooth and natural at the position in the class. He can really track a ball in the air. Sneaky fast vertically. Can be a bit of a body catcher on vertical routes, which will be tested at the next level.

EN: He’s maybe the most effortless mover at the position in the state. Throw it out there and he’ll run underneath it. He should become a devastating route runner with deceptive speed.

22 Donovan Green, TE, Dickinson
6-4, 220
GH: Green has been the name at tight end in the class of 2022 for well over a year, but remember the name Kiyrin Heath (Mansfield Legacy) as one that could push Green. Green is more than a big time pass catching threat, as he has shown the willingness to get physical in the run game.

EN: He’s known as an athletic receiver but his want-to as a blocker could be what truly differentiates him from most tight ends.

23 Jaylen Early, OT/G, Duncanville
6-4, 275
GH: Arguably the best athlete among the OL prospects in the state in the class. Early is quick off the ball, following with a quick second step, needs only weight/strength to move defenders in the run game, and shows the ability to mirror in pass pro. He looks tiny lined up next to teammate Cameron Williams, but he’s not undersized for his age. Playing guard this season keeps him from shooting up the rankings.

24 Cristian Driver, WR/ATH, Liberty Christian
6-0, 180
GH: The son of Donald Driver looked like a national recruit at defensive back as a sophomore, but prefers to play wide receiver at the next level. Driver has the physical tools to play WR at the next level, and there is little doubt will develop with an advanced understanding of how to play the position.

25 Trevell Johnson, ILB, Arlington Lamar
6-0, 200
GH: Decent size, but makes up for lack of ideal measurables with long arms and foot quickness. This is another physical defender for Bob Wager at Martin. Physicality, motor, intelligence and long arms is a really good combination for a linebacker.

EN: I think he’s a more athletic Terrell Bernard who is perfectly suited to defending the modern game. He’ll gladly stick his nose in between the tackles but plays with speed and pursuit to the sidelines as well.
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Eric Nahlin

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Dec 19, 2011
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26 Landon Hullaby, DB, Mansfield Timberview
6-0, 185
GH: Flat out love Hullaby as a football player. He has defensive back versatility dependent on scheme. He could play corner in the right scheme, but is a better long term safety with the ability to cover like a nickel. Don’t sleep on Hullaby’s ability as a pass rushing DB. He has a little Kenny Vaccaro look to his game, and frame.

EN: This is what makes Hullaby interesting, I also wouldn’t rule out linebacker and his high school coach thinks his best position might be running back.

27 Chace Biddle, S, Garland
6-0, 190
GH: Really solid in run support with the ability to tackle one on one and pop from the safety position. Understands leverage, and run force technique. Speed is evident reactive to seeing the ball and closing on a ball carrier. Would like to see more plays on the ball, or opportunities to make plays on the ball.

EN: I love Biddle’s raw athleticism and range in the secondary. He should be a zone ball-hawk, or in man coverage, difficult to mismatch in the passing game.

28 Kobie McKinzie, LB, Lubbock Coronado (Oklahoma commit)
6-3, 227
GH: Terrific size, arm length and frame allows for two options for success — OLB or DE. A physical player on contact, but not a “play is over” player on contact. The motor appears to be there to be a quality defender in major college football.

EN: Where he plays will make all the difference. If they try and shoe-horn him inside it will go poorly, if they play him on the edge, he could be special.

29 Nicholas Anderson, WR, Katy High
6-3, 190
GH: I fully expect Anderson to be one that rises up the rankings in the next year. Not only does he possess very good feet and quickness for his size, but he’s arguably the most physical receiver in the class. Every step he makes is with purpose. Displays very good body control and ability to adjust to the ball. The younger brother of Rodney Anderson will rack up offers soon enough.

EN: Urgency is an underrated trait off the line of scrimmage. Purpose, urgency, same thing, and Anderson plays with it. I think his greatest value would be in the slot. Rare is the receiver who will do the dirty work.

30 Bear Alexander, DT, Denton Ryan
6-3, 320
GH: Should Bear get enough snaps the remainder of the season, he will shoot up the rankings. This ranking has zilch to do with ability, but all about lack of varsity football the last year plus. The Denton Ryan staff will also develop Alexander physically and technically.

31 Stephon Johnson, WR, Lancaster
6-1, 175
GH: When talking to Margin Hooks about the many top flight receivers he trains, he always mentions Johnson within his top group. On tape, it’s easy to see why. Johnson flashes good initial quickness, and can stick his foot in the ground and burst to create separation. Where Johnson is better than many other receivers in this class is after the catch with burst and stop/start ability to maximize YAC. Snatches the ball out of the air with arms extended.

EN: He scores a couple of times on plays he had no business finishing standing up. Aside Stewart in the open field, Johnson may be the most dangerous outside receiver with the ball in his hands.

32 Kam Dewberry, OG/T, Atascocita
6-4, 315
GH: Dewberry was the first OL name many heard about in the 2022 class as a freshman on a team with Texas A&M star Kenyon Green. While others have proven to have more upside to this point, Dewberry is a solid guard prospect with the length to play right tackle.

EN: Dewberry has a high floor and will be a multi-year starter wherever he goes. I think his NFL ceiling is at guard.

33 Kristopher-Ryan Ross, DT, North Shore
6-3, 260
GH: Ross will be a brand new name for many, but I fully expect there to be 20+ offers in time after having watched him play in person vs. Summer Creek. Ross checks all the boxes when talking about frame, foot quickness, flexibility, arm length, physicality, academics and ability to be coached hard by a tremendous North Shore staff.

34 Jarred Kerr, ATH, Lexington
6-0, 180
GH: Kerr shined at the July elite Underclassmen Showcase that had a number of top 2022 skills players in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He’s a wiry strong playmaker that could fit on either side of the ball long term due to high level ball skills and COD.

EN: I have him as a safety where his change of direction and ball skills will be best utilized, but he does have some plant-and-go to his running game.

35 Matthew Golden, WR, Klein Cain
6-0, 180
GH: Golden is one of the better football players I have seen in person this season. He’s a natural, sure handed, confident and tough-minded receiver that also returns punts, plays some wildcat QB and dabbles punting the ball. Golden should have 15+ offers by now, and it’s quite frankly ridiculous he doesn’t.

EN: GH has sold me on him. Golden uses all of his 6-foot catch radius to effortlessly catch the ball even if it’s inaccurate. If he had one more gear he’d have every offer in the country, but by no means is he slow. Natural mover, natural hands.

36 Bobby Taylor, CB, Katy High
6-1, 180
GH: The son of former Longview, Notre Dame and Eagles star Bobby Taylor doesn’t lack confidence. He has the feet, smooth pedal, reactive quickness and physicality to play corner at a high level. He also has the height and wingspan.

EN: I’m not 100% sure but I’m decently confident Taylor can remain at cornerback in college. I think he moves well enough on top of the length and genes.

37 Jeremy Patton, OLB, Tenaha
6-2, 205
GH: After stopping by Tenaha to see Patton early in the season, he was a no brainer for the top 50. A legit 6-foot-2 with long arms, big hands, the frame to carry 230-pounds and the understanding that linebacker is his best position long term and this small school #bEastTexas playmaker is sure to see the offer list expand in the near future.

EN: Ten or twelve years ago Patton would have ended up starring at Missouri. We’d all wonder how he flew under the radar, especially after his Zapruder highlights were shown on a college telecast. He’s the quintessential East Texas kid. As a prospect he’s miscast as a wide receiver, but if you view him from a defensive standpoint, he’s a no-brainer four-star linebacker.

38 Cameron Williams, OT, Duncanville
6-6, 320
GH: Easy to get overshadowed playing on an offensive line with Savion Byrd and Jaylen Early, but Williams is very good in his own right. He has the best size/frame of the trio.

39 Jaylon Guilbeau, CB/N, Port Arthur (Texas commit)
6-0, 180

GH: Playing boundary corner, the Texas commit doesn’t get as much action as many other defensive backs in the class. The size and hands are there, as is the confidence. What we don’t get to see is make up speed and consistently being challenged to cover and run. Plenty of upside here though.

EN: Absent verified speed times or tape showing him truly opening it up, he’s still a bit of an unknown to me, but I do like if corner doesn’t work out, he has the mentality and physical specs for nickel.

40 Justin Medlock, LB, Manvel
6-1, 210
GH: Medlock plays the game with terrific vision and reactive quickness. There are bigger and faster linebackers, but this Houston area defender gets to the ball just as quick as any ILB in the class. Plays faster than he will likely test. Physical on contact. Closes on the ball under control.

EN: I’m a fan. I think he has RB-ish movement skills as well as good diagnosis and patience. He’s sort of the inverse of a running back. Beyond the #6, he reminds me a bit of UT’s Juwan Mitchell from a fit and movement standpoint.

41 Cole Hutson, OG Frisco High
6-4, 290
GH: Very good size and frame for a guard, only lacking an elite wingspan. Will hold up at point of attack, and look to hit and move defenders in the run game. Will add quite a bit of strength in the coming years.

EN: I think he has some tackle traits but the build screams guard. He should fare well whether in a zone or gap scheme. There’s some real upside here.

42 Josh Hoover, QB, Rockwall-Heath
6-2, 205
GH: Stopped by Rockwall-Heath a year ago to see other prospects, and the staff went on and on about their young QB. They were spot on, as Hoover has the arm talent, feet, she and football pedigree to develop into a quality signal caller at the next level. The offers don’t yet match the talent level.

EN: This kid has a calm, smooth delivery but somehow powers it all over. You can tell when he wants to speed things up and really lay into it, he can. I think he’ll be higher up the list a year from now.

43 Tavorus Jones, RB El Paso Burges
5-10, 180
GH: Solid all-around running back prospect. May not be able to point to anything he does great, but he’s good at a lot that makes a quality back. Quicker than fast.

44 Cade Klubnik, QB Austin Westlake
6-3, 178
GH: Cade is a solid QB prospect with arguably his best skill improvising and reacting to pressure. He’s more than a functional athlete at the position, but not a designed run play signal caller. Can’t underrate his toughness either. Sees the middle of the field well. Wish his stroke was more compact.

45 Demetrius Hunter, C/G, West Orange-Stark
6-3, 290
GH: Center is, and has always been, the most under rated position on a football field. You simply can’t maximize as an offense without a good one, so that makes ranking a center paramount. Hunter is the latest talented prospect out of Golden Triangle power W-O-S. He is both quick and powerful after the snap with the feet to pull and the attitude to punish.

46 Austin Jordan, DB , Denton Ryan
5-11, 185
GH: Jordan is another versatile DB prospect in the class with good size and speed combo. Has DB versatility, which makes him attractive five as a prospect if he doesn’t stay at corner long term. Like the majority of Denton Ryan defenders, he plays with toughness.

EN: Originally on the radar as a corner but he looks like a good safety prospect to me. I’m not seeing the pure coverage ability you need for the island.

47 Julian Humphrey, CB, Clear Lake
6-1, 185
GH: He may well test and run on the track faster than he reacts and plays on the football field. With that said, love the frame, length and upside here. And by the way, his father John Humphrey (Galveston Ball) is still one of the best pure football players the Houston area has ever produced.

EN: Love the speed and build, but is he going to grow into a safety, and if he does, will he bring the physicality necessary for that position? I think he’ll stick at corner, rendering those questions moot.

48 Chris Marshall, WR, Fort Bend Marshall
6-4, 195
GH: Chalk up another very talented wide receiver in the state in the 2022 class. This former basketball player is now proving to be a top notch WR prospect with good initial get off, quick feet in and out of cuts and the ability too snatch the rock out of the air, and do something after the catch.

EN: We could be moving him way up when we revisit these rankings in February but we’re just getting to know him now.

49 Ty Kana, ILB, Katy High
6-2, 210
GH: Any linebacker that plays at Katy High is going to be really well coached, so let’s get that out of the way. Kana has good height, the frame to carry 230+, is a downhill striker with the pop on contact to jolt a RB, and enough speed to pursue inside out. He does a good job of reading the triangle, and will not hesitate to take on pulling guards.

50 Owen Pewee, OLB, Cy-Park
6-3, 190
GH: Long limbed, rangy and physical with wide receiver feet places Pewee in the Top 50. The offers don’t line up to the talent yet, but they will in time. Pewee’s best football is way out in front of him. Playing opposite Harold Perkins at Cy-Park is going to get a lot more eyes on him.
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