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Pretty Hot Content—VYPE Hot 100—Top 2018 Recruits

Pretty Hot Content—VYPE Hot 100—Top 2018 Recruits
Manvel's Jalen Preston, #5 seated right, is at the top of the list. Vype

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The 2017 #txhsfb season is in the books and so is the early National Signing Day just before Christmas.

With that in mind, we felt it was time to put the finishing touches on the final Class of 2018 Hot 100 player rankings.

“The early signing period was a game-changer,” VYPE Chief Content Officer Matt Malatesta said. “No one really knew what to expect and it was a little shocking to see how many athletes signed. From college coaching changes to bowl games to the Texas high school playoffs, it all happened very quickly. I think college coaches used the early signing day as leverage and it worked.”

There was significant movement in the Hot 100 from top to bottom. Manvel’s Jalen Preston moved into the No. 1 spot after a tremendous season, while Dekaney’s Malcolm Epps also moved up from the tight end spot. We knew he was good, but Texas has a game-changer with his size and skill set.

Another Manvel star climbed the rankings, significantly.

With that in mind, we felt it was time to update the Class of 2018 Hot 100 player rankings. After a year that saw Houston’s incredible talent on display, let’s take a look at who to watch on Saturdays next college football season.

“Kam Scott is a star,” Malatesta said. “He’s a big-play receiver and tremendous kick returner. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and as he continues to mature, he’s going to be a potential pro. Missouri got a steal.”

The University of Texas and coach Tom Herman has won the H-Town sweepstakes so far with five of the Top 10 players and eight of the Top 20 headed to the 40 Acres. The movement at Texas A&M left the Aggies with only three of the Top 20 stars.

How about Missouri? Scott and Ridge Point heat-seeking linebacker Chad Bailey inked with the Tigers, who were two of the Top 10.

So who is left? Episcopal’s Jaylen Waddle, Oak Ridge’s Joseph Ossai, Cy Springs’ Leon O’Neal, Cy Creek’s Miles Battle and Katy’s Moro Ojomo have yet to sign, so stay tuned to and @vypehouston on Twitter for up to date recruiting news.

(This list will be updated throughout the year as players commit to college programs)




1Jalen PrestonManvelWRTexas A&MHUDL
2BJ FosterAngletonATHTexasHUDL
3Jalen GreenHeightsDBTexasHUDL
4Mustapha MuhammadFB Ridge PointTEMichiganHUDL
5Luke MatthewsElkinsOLTexas A&MHUDL
6Malcolm EppsDekaneyTETexasHUDL
7Kam ScottManvelWRMissouriHUDL
8Anthony CookLamarDBTexasHUDL
9Chad BaileyFB Ridge PointLBMissouriHUDL
10Keondre CoburnWestfieldDTTexasHUDL
11Jaylen WaddleEpiscopalWRHUDL
12Joseph OssaiOak RidgeDEHUDL
13D’Shawn JamisonLamarDBTexasHUDL
14Craig WilliamsCrosbyRBBaylorHUDL
15Miles BattleCy CreekWRHUDL
16Cole BlantonCy RanchOLTexas A&MHUDL
17Brennan EaglesAlief TaylorWRTexasHUDL
18KeSean CarterThe WoodlandsWRTexas TechHUDL
19Al’Vonte WoodardLamarWRTexasHUDL
20Donavan MutinKlein CollinsLBHoustonHUDL
21Caleb ChapmanClear BrookWRTexas A&MHUDL
22Tamerik WilliamsAngletonRBSMUHUDL
23Connor GalvinKatyOLBaylorHUDL
24Barton ClementFB MarshallOLTexas A&MHUDL
25Max WrightKaty TaylorDETexas A&MHUDL
26Dominic LivingstonAldine DavisDTLSUHUDL
27Michael WoodsMagnoliaWRArkansasHUDL
28Erick HallettCy FairDBWashington StateHUDL
29Montel ParkerDickinsonWRTexas A&MHUDL
30Leon O’Neal Jr.Cy SpringsDBHUDL
31Taye BarberCy SpringsATHTCUHUDL
32Michael MatusKatyDEArizona StateHUDL
33Ta’Zhawn HenryLamarRBHUDL
34Trent GordonManvelDBPenn StateHUDL
35Joshua LandryLamarDTBaylorHUDL
36Starrland Baldwin Jr.Cy FallsDBOklahomaHUDL
37Kason MartinManvelQBUNTHUDL
38Tyrese WilliamsCy RidgeOLOklahoma StateHUDL
39Aaron AllenFB Ridge PointQBLA TechHUDL
40Peyton SawyerClear SpringsWRHoustonHUDL
41Moro OjomoKatyDLHUDL
42Ethan BonnerThe WoodlandsDBStanfordHUDL
43John HolcombeSummer CreekQBKansas StateHUDL
44Bryson JacksonKingwood ParkWRTCUHUDL
45Payne He’BertPearland DawsonOLNorthwesternHUDL
46Jacob JeffersonSt. PiusWRNorthwesternHUDL
47Christian MorganPorterDBBaylorHUDL
48Jake SyptakThe WoodlandsOLSMUHUDL
49Joseph OgunbanjoAlief TaylorDEHUDL
50Hasaan HypoliteHightowerDBColoradoHUDL
51Ja’Kori MorganClear LakeWRHoustonHUDL
52Jacob Mangum-FerrarKempnerLBStanfordHUDL
53Spencer WellsPearland DawsonTEHoustonHUDL
54Travian BlaylockAtascocitaDBWisconsinHUDL
55Victor CurneSecond BaptistOLWashingtonHUDL
56Trenton KennedyCy FairRBHUDL
57Brant KuitheCinco RanchRBHUDL
58Christian YoungFosterDBArizonaHUDL
59Deneric PrinceManvelRBTexas A&MHUDL
60Christian DuffieSummer CreekOLKansas StateHUDL
61Cameron GodfreyKlein CollinsDBSE LouisianaHUDL
62Mark MiltonClear BrookDBBaylorHUDL
63Henry ThomasFB MarshallWRHoustonHUDL
64Christian JonesCy WoodsOL/DESMUHUDL
65Austin OgunmakinHastingsWRUNTHUDL
66Jabari JamesFB MarshallWRTulsaHUDL
67Tyler VrabelSt. PiusOLBoston CollegeHUDL
68Deion SmithSecond BaptistRBColoradoHUDL
69Kase RogersLamarWROregon StateHUDL
70Willie SmithSpringDEHoustonHUDL
71Dennis OsagiedeFB Ridge PointDTUMassHUDL
72Devin RichardsonKleinOLBNew Mexico St.HUDL
73Miles OldacreKlein OakDBHUDL
74Cameron PhillipsClear LakeDBSMUHUDL
75Josh OglesbyKatyRBHUDL
76Frank FillipClear LakeOLColoradoHUDL
77Will BrownLamar ConsolidatedATHSMUHUDL
78Trace OldnerFosterOLNavyHUDL
79Toluwashe BuoyeFB BushOLHUDL
80Blake KuitheCinco RanchDEHUDL
81Jordan CooperNew CaneyQBHUDL
82Ean BeekKaty TaylorRBHBUHUDL
83Darrius SmithPearland DawsonRBArizonaHUDL
84Cam ArnoldCy FairQBNorthwestern LAHUDL
85Joe BissingerMemorialOLVirginiaHUDL
86Jon CampbellKlein OakDTCentral ArkansasHUDL
87Rodney McGrawFB ElkinsDBHUDL
88Max YarbroughFriendswoodOLSMUHUDL
89Max BanesSt.
90Otito OgbonniaKaty TaylorDLHUDL
91Naveon MitchellFB TravisWRHUDL
92Reese MasonMagnoliaATHHUDL
93Golden EkeLangham CreekWRHUDL
94Luke JunkuncStrake JesuitOLUL-LHUDL
95Matthew JesterKleinLBPrincetonHUDL
96Pat BallardFB ElkinsWRUNLVHUDL
97Chris ElamKingwoodOLHUDL
98Amryn JeffreyFB TravisQBHUDL
99Phillip HillKlein CollinsDBUNLVHUDL
100Amon ByarsBF TerryRBArmyHUDL



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