What are the needs?

With signing day just over two months away, TCU is putting the finishing touches on their 2013 class. What are the need positions?


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 20-22 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.

With just over a handful of spots remaining, 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

Targets: Logan Tuley-Tillman(offer), Josh Outlaw(offer), Joas Aguilar(offer), Alex Mayes, Zack Zeimar,

Pictured: Logan Tuley-Tillman (No. 24 OT in the nation)

Notable: The Frogs currently have three commitments in the fold from three very good prospects in Morris, Noteboom and Fromayan. But, they would like to add a couple more tackle types. We may see a movement where TCU recruits tackle types and if they don't work at tackle they will transition to the interior. What that means is we could see bigger linemen. Tuley-Tillman certainly fits that mold at 6-foot-7, 300-pounds. The Frogs entered the picture for the Illinois product recently and the big lineman appears to at least be listening. It's a long shot at the moment because if he visits, Michigan will pull his offer. Outlaw is another lineman the Frogs have shown heavy interest in lately since his decommitment from Florida a couple of months ago. Aguilar is another prospect on the radar but he appears to be solid to Texas A&M. Benenoch is close to making a decision but TCU's been out of the running for quite a while. He took an official visit to UCLA this weekend. Mayes is still on the radar but it appears the longer the Frogs take with his recruitment, the less likely he even listens.
 

Defensive tackles/defensive ends
Need: 3

Current commitments: 1; Bryson Henderson

Departing scholarship players: Jeremy Coleman

Current targets: Anthony Billings (offer), Justin Manning (offer), A'Shawn Robinson (offer), Gaius Vaenuku (offer), Quincy Russell (offer), Kevin Smith (offer), Daeshon Hall (offer), Marcus Hardison (JUCO), Toby Johnson

Pictured: Kevin Smith

Notable: Like it's been since the beginning of the recruiting cycle, the Frogs want Manning and Billings as their defensive tackles. Both tackles rank in the top 10 defensive tackles in the country and have visited TCU's campus several times. Quincy Russell was a JUCO possibility but word on the street is TCU is moving on. Gaius Vaenuku is another intriguing prospect that the Frogs have watched closely in recent weeks. Word is he is leaning toward Utah at the moment but TCU could be making a big push up his list, maybe even more than a push. Robinson surprised many by showing up to the Frogs' game against Kansas State two weeks ago and it's really no secret that he's taking visits. If he picked up the phone and wanted to commit to TCU, he'd be a take regardless of how many ships there are remaining. The Frogs are also watching a pair of JUCO defensive tackles in Hardison and Johnson, but have not extended offers. At defensive end, Smith is a prospect the Frogs would love to have and it appears he's listening more and more to the Frogs. He has already visited TCU's campus twice this season and he could be making an appearance for the Frogs' game against Oklahoma. Also keep an eye on Daeshon Hall, word out of Lancaster is he may be listening to others even though he is committed to Washington. TCU is one of those programs .
 

Wide receivers
Need: 2

Current commitments: 1; Ty Slanina

Departing scholarship players: Skye Dawson (starter)

Current targets: Robbie Rhodes (offer), Trevell Dixon (offer), Quan Jones (offer), Cameron Smith, Gary Moore, Dameon Gamblin, Darvin Kidsy, Jermaine Antoine,

Pictured: Trevell Dixon

Notable: Rhodes is an extreme long shot but the Frogs are still recruiting him. Like Robinson, the five-star receiver surprised many by showing up the TCU's game against Kansas State. Jones is another prospect that surprised many when he visited TCU for the Virginia game. It may be tough to pry Rhodes and Jones from Baylor with the Bears having another successful season throwing the football. Dixon, who missed most of his senior season, wants to play offense at the next level. That's good news for TCU as they're one of the few recruiting him as a wide receiver. Dixon made a visit to Nebraska two weeks ago and they may be the team to beat. But, don't count the Frogs out just yet because he also has plans to take an official visit to TCU. Smith is an intriguing prospect that the Frogs continue to evaluate. The Coppell prospect has landed on the radar of several big teams and it's likely that he'll add another offer before long. Kidsy is another receiver that has benefitted from the success of his senior year and the Frogs are watching closely but at the moment it's still in the air if he'll receive an offer.
 

Linebackers
Need: 1

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

Departing scholarship players: Kenny Cain (starter)

Current targets: Mike Mitchell (offer), Duke Riley (offer), Skai Moore (offer), Xavier Phillips, Chad Whitener, Nick Ramirez, Money Hunter

Pictured: Skai Moore (No. 56 OLB in the nation)

Notable: The Frogs have three very good linebackers committed in Douglas, Whitmill and Shaw. All three rank in the top 40 in the country. But, the Frogs would like to add one more. Mitchell will always remain a target until he commits elsewhere but the bad news here is he's got a top 3-4 and TCU isn't among that list. Riley has been on the radar since the first junior day but after considering an early commitment, Riley has completely slowed things down. His team is in the midst of a title run in Louisiana so recruiting has been put on the backburner. Moore is the most recent offer for the Frogs at linebacker. However, it's still up in the air whether or not he visits but the good news is Randy Shannon is working him. Phillips, although committed to Baylor is still getting strong looks from the Frogs and has visited for at least one game. Ramirez is the latest top 10 player who would love to get an offer from TCU. He spoke with TCU's Trey Haverty last week but it's not likely he'll visit without an offer. Problem is, TCU isn't big on offering kids if they don't visit. Whitener would love to get an offer from the Frogs but there are players ahead of him at the moment.
 

Running backs
Need: 1

Current commitments: 1; Trevorris Johnson

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

Current targets: Kyle Hicks (offer), Ke'aun Kinner, Dez Wortham, Keith Whitley

Pictured: Kyle Hicks (four-star and No. 18 runningback in the country)

Notable: The Frogs lose four-year letterman Tucker at the end of the season and it looks like they've found a suitable replacement in Johnson, who rushed for over 2,000 yards this season. But, the Frogs would like to take one more especially if it's Hicks. TCU continues to recruit the four-star back but he appears strong with Texas at the moment. Word is he was impressed with TCU's win over Texas though. Another name to watch that is getting some interest is Kinner, who had a monstrous year in 2012, rushing for 2,929 yards and 28 scores in just 11 games. With Johnson in the fold as a big back, Kinner could be a nice addition as the speed back.
 

Quarterbacks
Need: possibly 1

Current commitments: none

Departing scholarship players: none

Current targets: Baker Mayfield, Connor Feist, Jake Hubenak, Tyler Jones

Pictured: Jake Hubenak

Notable: Well, the question remains the same; will TCU take a quarterback this class? It appears at the moment that it could be a possibility. The Frogs still have their sights on a few signal callers and they've all been told the same thing; they could be taking just one. Baker Mayfield has remained the constant throughout the recruiting cycle and he didn't disappoint his senior year throwing only 3 interceptions. Feist is another familiar name that the Frogs eyed early on and he was at a March junior day. Feist had a big senior year in leading Lanham Creek to a district title and in the process he threw for 3,400 yards and 27 scores. Hubenak is quite possibly the biggest sleeper at quarterback in the state for the 2013 class. Despite playing just three quarters in most of Georgetown's games, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has led the Bulldogs to a 12-0 record while throwing for 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions.
 

Secondary
Need: 2

Current commitments: 3; George Baltimore, Ranthony Texada, Steve Wesley

Departing scholarship players: none

Current targets: Travon Blanchard (offer), Jarrod Franklin, Chad Davis, Xavier Woods

Pictured: Travon Blanchard

Notable: With Texada and Wesley in the fold at corner, it appears the Frogs are done recruiting corners. However, one player that remains on their radar and could visit in January is Travon Blanchard. Randy Shannon is recruiting the standout defensive back who has played safety, corner and linebacker for his team this season. TCU likes him at safety or corner. Franklin is another player that fits the Derrick Kindred mold. Franklin has drawn more interest this fall and TCU is a team that likes what he does on the football field.
 

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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