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ESPNU 150 Midlands breakdown

Lone Star State well-represented

Texas football followers believe their state has the best athletes. The latest ESPNU 150 helps to support that argument -- again.

Of the 150 players, 24 represent the Lone Star State (16 percent). Two of those -- defensive end Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Billy Ryan) and Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas) -- are ranked in the top five and are five-star players.

Edwards is again in the top spot, while Gray moved from No. 8 to No. 5 and becomes the nation’s top running back.

Only Florida has more players on the ESPNU 150, with 30. California has 14 players, and Georgia has 12.

UT commit Riser joins DeSoto teammate

DeSoto (Texas) High School cornerback Bryson Echols, a Texas commit, was a member of the previous ESPNU 150 rankings. He now checks in at No. 79.

Joining him in the rankings is four-star offensive lineman Curtis Riser, another DeSoto standout who will attend Texas next season. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, Riser checks in at No. 150 and leads a DeSoto offensive line that fuels an offense averaging 424 yards per contest.

Before committing to Texas, Riser had offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.

Texas, A&M lead recruiting charge

Of the players in the latest ESPNU 150, 32 represent the Midlands region. Of those 32, 30 have made verbal commitments, and nearly half of the 30 are attending either Texas or Texas A&M.

The Longhorns have nine commits, with Gray ranked highest at No. 5. Four-star defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas) is No. 14.

The Aggies have four, and outside linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas/Billy Ryan) is the highest-ranked recruit at No. 104. Additionally, Oklahoma and Texas Tech have three players apiece in the ESPNU 150.