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Texas high school football: Who are the 20 best underclassmen?

Allen's Jet Smith, Carthage trio among state's freshman (2027) and sophomores (2026) to watch in 2023

Every year, a new crop of Texas high school football players take the field hoping to make an immediate impact and earn consistent playing time.

Some stand out in the process.

While many experienced veterans, juniors and seniors, have developed and made an impression over several years, the first few weeks of the Texas high school football season has given way to the next crop of breakout stars.

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Major recruiting services have already started to identify the top prospects in Texas in the class of 2026, while 2027 prospects — freshmen — have gotten first opportunities to stand out on the high school stage.

Many have shined almost immediately. These 20 rising underclassmen head into 2023 with high expectations, either because of success last season or a strong recruiting profile.

These rankings were compiled by reporter Jackson King. Did we miss someone? Get in touch (andy@scorebooklive) and back it up with stats.


-- Jackson King | @sblivetx

Lead photo by Robbie Rakestraw