2018 safety Atanza Vongor (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Top 5 Safety Atanza Vongor Recaps TCU Junior Day, Previews Texas Junior Day

Atanza Vongor, the No. 1 safety in Texas, recaps his recent TCU junior day visit and previews his upcoming trip to Texas junior day.

One of the nation's top safety prospect, Atanza Vongor has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail for a long time now.

Scout's No. 48 overall prospect in the 2018 Scout 300 has offers from across the country. He recently took a junior day visit to TCU and also has a Texas junior day trip scheduled for Feb. 25.

"My overall impression of TCU was great. Always great to be there," Vongor told Scout. "Everything really stood out to me there: the program, the coaching staff, winning tradition, environment. It was great.

"Coach (Jeremy) Modkins and coach (Rusty) Burns are recruiting me the most, but really all the coaches are just trying to build a relationship with my family and me. They're telling me I can come in and play early and make an impact."


Vongor said TCU likes him at safety, which is where virtually every program wants Vongor to play. He said the TCU staff told him he could potentially play free safety or strong safety, depending on which fit him best once he got on campus.

With that visit completed, Vongor now sets his sights on next weekend's visit to Texas.

"At Texas, I just want to see how the new coaching staff is," Vongor said, "and how things are down there."

Vongor said safeties coach Craig Naivar and offensive coordinator Tim Beck recruit him for the Longhorns.

"They are telling me they can build their '18 class around me and have firepower with that down the road," Vongor said.

Scout ranks Vongor as the state of Texas' top safety and the No. 4 safety nationally for the 2018 class. In addition to TCU and Texas, he's garnered offers from programs such as Alabama, Clemson Georgia, Michigan, Texas A&M, and others.

Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Vongor's recruitment and development.


2016: Vongor enjoyed a strong junior season as he recorded 71 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and six pass breakups from his safety position. Vongor also ran for 305 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a TD.

2015: As a sophomore, Vongor played extensively on both sides of the ball, moving around on offense while playing in the secondary on defense. He finished with 431 yards of offense and accounted for five touchdowns. Vongor ran for 289 yards and four touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry, while completing 4 of 10 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown.

Evaluation notes

Atanza Vongor is one of the top defensive prospects in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. He's a physical safety with the athleticism to succeed in coverage, but thrive crashing downhill and running the alleys. Vongor is a hitter who can separate the ball from the receiver or ball-carrier. He's played both sides of the ball during his high school career, but projects best as a safety to the high-major level. - Gabe Brooks

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