What Are the Needs?

With 14 commitments in the fold and roughly 6 spots left, HornedFrogBlitz.com takes a look at the remaining needs for the 2013 class and some key players.


With 14 commitments in the fold for the Frogs' 2013 class, we at HornedFrogBlitz.com take a look at what position needs are left for the class and some key guys on the radar. With an expected class of around 20 signees, the Frogs have their eyes on some of the top prospects in the country.

The big 2013 needs consisted of: (4) offensive lineman, (2) tight ends, (4) linebackers, (2) running backs, (2) cornerbacks, (3) defensive linemen, (1) safety, (2) receivers and (1) quarterback.

It's likely six spots now remain, so where are the Frogs biggest needs at the moment? HFB.com takes a look at each position.

Offensive Linemen
Need: 1-2

Current commitments: 3; Patrick Morris, Joseph Noteboom, Eason Fromayan

Departing scholarship players: James Fry (starter), Blaize Foltz (starter), Trevius Jones

Reported offers extended (total): 7

Pictured: Josh Outlaw (four-star and No. 13 OG in the country)

Notable: The Frogs entered the season with big needs along the offensive line with the off-season losses of Ty Horn, Nykiren Wellington and Carter Wall. Now, James Dunbar's return to the team is questionable. The Frogs have landed three commitments so far and word is they'd like to add at least one, maybe two more. Josh Outlaw opening things back up could get very interesting. The Georgia native was one of the first linemen offered by the Frogs and with former high school teammate Jordan Moore on the Frogs' roster, TCU has a legitimate shot. The Frogs will make a major push for Outlaw's services. The Frogs have offers out to Caleb Benonoch and Joas Aguilar at the moment. Benenoch is said to be leaning heavily to Texas while Aguilar is currently committed to Texas A&M. Minnesota commit Alex Mayes, a TCU legacy is a fall evaluation as is Houston Stratford mammoth tackle Christian Daimler. Zack Zeimar out of Lakeville, Minnesota visited a Frogs practice last week.
 

Defensive Tackles
Need: 2

Current commitments: 1; Bryson Henderson

Departing scholarship players: Jeremy Coleman

Reported offers extended (total): 11

Pictured: Justin Manning (five-star and No. 6 DT in the country)

Notable: There's no question who the Frogs want at defensive tackle as Justin Manning and Andrew Billings headline that list. Both players were offered by the Frogs very early in the process and both have TCU among their favorites. Both prospects have visited TCU multiple times throughout the process and would be immediate impact players for the Frogs. Another name to keep an eye on is TVCC defensive tackle Quincy Russell, a former Texas signee. Russell will likely take an official visit to TCU this fall. The Frogs are going bigger on the inside and they're off to a good start with the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Bryson Henderson, who age wise could be a 2014 prospect.
 

Wide receivers
Need: 2

Current commitments: 1; Ty Slanina

Departing scholarship players: Skye Dawson (starter)

Reported offers extended: 12

Pictured: Torii Hunter (three-star and No. 45 WR in the country)

Notable: The Frogs only have eight scholarship players at receiver currently on their roster. Dawson is in his last year and Josh Boyce has the potential to leave school early for the NFL is he has another big year. The Frogs got a boost to their receiving corp just days ago when former four-star receiver JaJuan Story transferred from Florida to TCU. As for 2013 prospects, the Frogs have landed Ty Slanina, but he could also be on defense. Remaining targets consist of Cameron Echols-Luper who the Frogs would absolutely love to have. He's been compared to former Frog great Jeremy Kerley. Others to watch are Torii Hunter out of Prosper and Ronald Lewis. Hunter visited TCU's campus over the summer and has talked with both the football and baseball staffs since he wants to play both in college. Lewis was expected to be at the Frogs' July 13 camp but was unable to attend. And the longest of long shots is Ricky Seals-Jones, who is getting attention from the staff and current Frog commitments.
 

Linebackers
Need: 1

Current commitments: 3; Sammy Douglas, Paul Whitmill, Dac Shaw

Departing scholarship players: Kenny Cain (starter)

Reported offers extended: 8

Pictured: Duke Riley (three-star and No. 91 OLB )

Notable: The Frogs have landed three very good linebackers thus far with Dac Shaw, Paul Whitmill and Sammy Douglas; all three rank in the top 50 in the country. The Frogs may take one more since they don't have big numbers currently on the roster. John Curtis linebacker Duke Riley has visited TCU twice and rumor has it that Riley has TCU among his top 3 schools. Current Baylor commit Xavier Phillips is still getting interest from TCU and it appears that he's at least listening. Of course, one player they would also love to have, as does everyone else in the country is Plano Prestonwood Mike Mitchell, the #3 MLB in the country. Mitchell visited TCU over the spring and considered the Frogs among his favorites at one time. However, it appears that Mitchell is favoring Ohio State at the moment so the likelihood of Mitchell seems to be dwindling.
 

Running backs
Need: 1

Current commitments: 1; Trevorris Johnson

Departing scholarship players: Matthew Tucker (starter), Aundre Dean

Reported offers extended: 6

Pictured: Kyle Hicks (four-star and No. 21 runningback in the country)

Notable: The Frogs will lose Matthew Tucker and Aundre Dean at the conclusion of the season and Waymon James will be a senior next year so depth is becoming a concern. Thankfully the Frogs added former five-star runningback Aaron Green who transferred from Nebraska before the start of summer. B.J. Catalon has emerged as one of the most talked about freshmen in the program and is expected to play in 2012. The Frogs have already added one commitment from Trevorris Johnson, a big bruising back. They'd like to add another speedy back to compliment his talents. One player to watch is current Texas commit Kyle Hicks. TCU was one of the first programs to offer the talented runner and rumor on the street is the Frogs are still in heavy pursuit of the four-star. TCU currently has one of Hicks' best friends already on their roster with Devonte Fields. Another close friend, current commit Steve Wesley, is also working on Hicks. If they don't find much luck in recruiting Hicks, the Frogs may stay at just one runningback for the 2013 class and go heavy in 2014.
 

Quarterbacks
Need: 1 (maybe)

Current commitments: none

Departing scholarship players: None

Reported offers extended: 5

Pictured: Baker Mayfield (three-star and No. 35 quarterback in the country)

Notable: Once Austin Aune, a 2012 signee, bolted for the New York Yankees, finding a signal caller from the 2013 class became a priority. The Frogs extended offers to five quarterbacks including Tyrone Swoopes, Kenny Hill, Cody Thomas, Joshua Dobbs and Davis Webb, yet all of those players have committed elsewhere. Several targets remain on the radar however, led by Lake Travis' Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has impressed the TCU coaches on two separate occasions over the summer and would jump at a TCU offer. Another hot name to watch is Stephenville signal caller Tyler Jones, who also worked out for the Frogs over the summer. Jones' offensive coordinator is the son of former TCU quarterbacks coach Dick Winder. Also on the list is Austin Robinson who also impressed at two TCU camps. Two more names to keep a close eye on is Nate German out of Cy-Woods and Evan Wilson out of Sarasota, Florida who really impressed at the Frogs July 13th camp. One thing is for certain, the Frogs will carefully evaluate all of them before they extend an offer; if they do indeed offer anyone. Like the runningbacks, TCU is sitting in good position to land a very good signal caller from the 2014 class.
 

Jeremy Clark has covered TCU football and recruiting since 2005. He spent seven years with another recruiting service before joining the FoxSports/Scout.com family in February 2012. He has made appearances on FoxSports Southwest and the NFL Network and radio stations nationwide in his nearly eight years of covering the Frogs.
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