The Shannon Effect

Randy Shannon's position as new linebackers coach at TCU became official on Thursday. For TCU fans, they're getting more than just your ordinary linebackers coach.

It's official; Randy Shannon is the new linebackers coach at TCU after the school officially announced his hiring Thursday morning. He replaces Tony Tademy, who resigned as the Frogs' linebackers coach for personal reasons after seven years on the staff. Under his tutelage, Tademy sent players such as David Hawthorne, Jason Phillips, Robert Hendon, Daryl Washington and Tank Carder to the NFL.

Needless to say, Tademy did well in his time as a TCU coach. However, it's now Shannon's turn to make his mark on the gridiron and recruiting trail.

Shannon, the former Miami Hurricanes head coach from 2007-2010 now becomes the biggest name at linebacker coach in the nation. TCU without a doubt hit a grand slam with this hire; they hit it out of the entire stadium for that matter. Shannon is remembered mostly as the Canes' head coach, but few remember that he played his college ball at Miami and started at linebacker for the 1987 national championship team. He also played briefly for the Dallas Cowboys, starting at outside linebacker as a rookie. Before becoming head coach at Miami, Shannon was the Hurricane's defensive coordinator from 2001-2006. In his first year running the defense, Miami won the national championship as his defense allowed a mere 9.4 points per game and led the nation with 45 takeaways.

After his departure from Miami in 2010, Shannon spent time in 2011 visiting different programs across the nation learning new schemes; including TCU. He also worked as an analyst for ESPN.

Shannon went 28-22 in his four seasons at Miami with three bowl appearances. While that's not an earth-shattering record to be remembered by, many do remember Shannon as one of the top recruiters in the country.

In each of his four seasons as the Cane's head coach, Miami hauled in top classes every year. While at Miami , Shannon landed seven five-star prospects in addition to twenty-nine four-stars. Eleven prospects were top 100 players in the nation. Four players were rated #1 at their respective positions and Shannon's recruiting classes never ranked below 24th in the country and ranked as high as #3 in 2008.

It should also be noted that Shannon had tremendous results landing players from not only South Florida, but the entire nation, signing 38 players that resided outside the Florida State line. But Shannon had his greatest success recruiting south Florida while selling the chance to play close to home to some of the nation's top prospects. With TCU smack dab in the fertile recruiting ground of the DFW metroplex, that ability to land hometown prospects bodes very well for the Frogs.

For a team that is depleted depth wise at linebacker, hiring Shannon should give the Frogs great momentum to land players who are on the fence with their decision. They've already landed Sammy Douglas and Paul Whitmill and will likely take two more prospects at the position.

Douglas is excited at the chance to play under Shannon's guidance.

"I'm glad and blessed that I get to meet him and be coached by him when I get there," Douglas said of Shannon.

Mike Mitchell and Dac Shaw and Duke Riley are other Frog targets on the wish list of several programs. Both have TCU high on their respective lists and while Shaw admits he doesn't know much about Shannon, he's anxious to meet him. Mitchell meanwhile is a Florida native so he's seen the type of impact Shannon has on recruiting.

TCU's recruiting classes have ranked higher each of the last three seasons and with Shannon on board, that trend is likely to continue. He's only spent a few days on the job but that hasn't stopped the expectations from being high on his ability to land a top player. Time will tell if he succeeds in doing so, but he definitely has the clout to make it happen. Numbers don't lie.

Shannon recruiting impact:
2007
Class Rank: 13
Five Stars: 3
Four Stars: 9
Top 100: 1

2008
Class Rank: 3
Five Stars: 4
Four Stars: 7
Top 100: 7

2009
Class Rank: 14
Five Stars: 0
Four Stars: 5
Top 100: 0

2010
Class Rank: 24
Five Stars: 0
Four Stars: 8
Top 100: 3


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