2018 safety Atanza Vongor (© Greg Powers)

Breaking Down Scout 100 Prospect and New TCU Pledge Atanza Vongor

Scout and HornedFrogInsider.com take a closer look at new TCU safety pledge Atanza Vongor, the No. 48 overall prospect in the 2018 Scout 300.

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Commit Analysis

Atanza Vongor, 2018 Safety, South Grand Prairie (Texas)

Size: 6-1, 200

Recruiting: Vongor committed early Saturday afternoon to TCU, which he chose over fellow finalists Baylor and Texas. Vongor also holds offers from programs such as Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Wisconson, among others. At this past weekend's The Opening Dallas regional camp, Vongor earned an invitation to The Opening Finals in July in Oregon thanks to a strong performance that included a 4.68 40, a 4.26 shuttle, and 37.1-inch vertical.

Rankings: Scout ranks Vongor as the No. 1 safety in the state of Texas and the No. 4 safety nationally in the 2018 class. Vongor also sits at No. 48 overall regardless of position in the 2018 Scout 300.

Stats

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.

Junior highlights

Evaluation notes

Atanza Vongor is one of the top defensive prospects in the state of Texas. 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. Vongor's highlight tape really comes alive on the defensive side where his pursuit angle to the football and closing speed show exactly what type of prospect he will be on the next level.

He can cover the entire field and when he locks on his radar he does not waste time or movement. Those quick-twitch reactions combined with his size, speed, and overall athleticism are what make him special.

Vongor is also an intelligent, high-character prospect who owns a great rapport with teammates, coaches, and media alike. He is the type of prospect you love to pull for because of his attitude and personableness. Vongor is an elite safety and one of the top overall prospects, regardless of position, in the state of Texas' 2018 recruiting cycle. - Gabe Brooks and Greg Powers

Strengths
  • Blitzing ability
  • Closing speed
  • Size
  • Tackling ability

Areas to Improve
  • Hip flexibility
  • Recovery ability


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