2018 safety Atanza Vongor (© Greg Powers)

National Top 50 Prospect Atanza Vongor Breaks Down Commitment to TCU

Atanza Vongor, No. 48 overall in the 2018 Scout 300, breaks down his TCU commitment with Scout and HornedFrogInsider.com ...

TCU picked up a major commitment Saturday afternoon with the announcement of national top 50 prospect Atanza Vongor, Scout’s No. 4 safety in the country’s 2018 recruiting class.

Vongor picked the Horned Frogs over fellow finalists Baylor and Texas. The trio of in-state programs made the cut over a list of offers from across the country.

Why did Vongor commit to the Frogs?

“TCU felt like home,” said Vongor, a standout for South Grand Prairie High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. “They have an awesome, humble program, the coaches are great, the atmosphere is real, and it’s great that it’s close to home.”


Numerous high-profile state-of-Texas prospects have signed with out-of-state programs during the past couple of cycles, including Vongor’s teammate, five-star Jeffrey Okudah, a 2017 early enrollee at Ohio State.

Vongor said having three Big 12 programs in his top three was no coincidence.

“Yes, staying in-state was a big deal for me,” Vongor said, "because I feel that if Texas talent would stay in Texas, Texas schools would be the top in the country, so I want to help lead the way.”

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Vongor has played multiple roles on both sides of the ball for South Grand Prairie, but will without a doubt play safety in college. Vongor’s all-around game as a safety will allow him to succeed in coverage and also crash downhill agains the run as needed.

TCU now has four commitments for the 2018 class. Vongor joins edge defender Ochaun Mathis, offensive lineman Esteban Avila, and offensive lineman Devin Phillips. This past weekend, Vongor earned an invitation to The Opening Finals in July in Oregon thanks to his strong performance at The Opening Dallas regional camp, where he ran a 4.68 40 and a 4.26 shuttle at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds.

Vongor said he’s developed good relationships with defensive analyst Jeremy Modkins, head coach Gary Patterson, defensive coordinator/safeties coach Chad Glasgow, and cornerbacks coach Paul Gonzalez.

Making a March commitment gives Vongor almost 11 months between his pledge and National Signing Day. With so much time between now and then, how does Vongor view his early commitment?

“I’m done with the recruiting process,” Vongor said, “and ready to get working for this upcoming season and the next level at TCU.”

Vongor also said he will recruit for the Frogs as they build their 2018 recruiting class.

“I already am,” Vongor said, “and I’m working on a lot of guys. CarterBoys18 (TCU's 2018 recruiting hashtag) will be one of the top recruiting classes.”

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