2013 Signing Day Awards

The ink is dry on the 2013 class, we hand out our signing day awards.

Signing day finally arrived on Wednesday and by the end of the madness, TCU had signed 22 players. The Frogs filled several key position needs and it's a class full of plenty of athletic playmakers.

Just as we've done for the previous eight recruiting classes, we hand out our signing day awards and give our analysis on why we chose each player.

Immediate Impact Player: Offense
Jeremy Clark - Ty Slanina.
While I could've went with a guy like Lloyd Tunstill or Bryson Burtnett, I think Slanina fits the mold of a player who could make an impact as a slot receiver. You lost Skye Dawson to graduation and David Bush transferred in the off-season. With 4.31 speed, Slanina will walk on to campus and already be one of the fastest Frogs on the team. TCU will look to get his speed on the field.

Jeremiah Glenn - Trevorris Johnson
Johnson gives TCU the big, physical back they need in the Big 12. At 5'11" and 215 pounds, Johnson blends good speed and power to produce big gains. He should get touches as a freshman, most likely in goal line situations. TCU had to fight off Oregon late to hold on to Johnson a TCU fans are relieved that the big runner out of Houston is headed to Ft. Worth.

Alex Apple - Ty Slanina
While Ty Slanina is someone we all think will have a big impact as a freshman, I will go with Lloyd Tunstill. Tunstill has the chance to come in and play right away whether it be a guard or center. With a 330 pound frame and quick feet, Tunstill has the chance to fill a need in the interior of the line for the Frogs, and he will fight for the starting job this Spring and Summer.

Immediate Impact Player: Defense
Clark - Sammy Douglas
After seeing Douglas up close several times the last season and seeing his athleticism, there's no doubt that Douglas has the potential to make an early impact at a big position of need. Douglas needs to put on some weight, but at 195 right now, he may be looked more as a cover linebacker going against fast slot receivers over the middle. If Douglas picks up the offense, watch out.

Glenn - Sammy Douglas
Sammy Douglas is Daryl Washington 2.0. Although he weighs just 195, expect Douglas to put on 10-15 pounds before the 2013 season and for him to get on the field. Ranked as the #28 OLD in the nation, Douglas is the classic TCU defender. Aggressive and relentless, the Arlington High School product will do big things while at TCU.

Apple - Sammy Douglas
Douglas has a nice 6'3 frame that can add weight. He has good speed as well, and as we said on the radio show last night, he is the guy out of the three linebacker commits that I think will have the most immediate impact. Most potential may go to Dac Shaw, but for now, Douglas is the guy most ready to contribute.

Biggest Potential
Clark - Cydney Calvin
When thinking of potential, I look at a player who we could be talking a ton about three to four years from now. To me, that player is Calvin because he has a perfect blend of size and speed to be the perfect boundary corner in a Gary Patterson defense. Quincy Butler and Jason Teague come to mind.

Glenn - Dac Shaw
When you look at Dac Shaw, you can't help but get excited. The 6'2" 210 pound OLB is a freak athlete that could see the field early in 2013. TCU is short at LB so it's possible that the Frogs could use Douglas, Shaw and Whitmill in 2013. Most high schools in Texas put their best athletes at QB and RB and Shaw starred as a RB at Mineola High School. His speed from the linebacker position will help shrink the field for opposing offenses and provide Gary Patterson and his staff with an aggressive playmaker on defense.

Apple - Cydney Calvin/Ranthony Texada
Both Frisco Centennial corners have good speed, and Calvin has good size that should allow him to handle the physical Big 12 receivers. Both Calvin and Texada give TCU a bright future at the cornerback position, and the Frogs will have good depth at cornerback for years to come. Calvin was a late riser in the recruiting process, and outside the Scout network, Texada was way undervalued. Both will be nice players in their TCU careers.

Surprise Commitment
Clark - Kyle Hicks/Cam Echols-Luper
I don't think many people saw the Hicks switch coming. And while we knew a little bit in advance that TCU was very much in the picture, Hicks switch from Texas to TCU sent shockwaves in recruiting circles. Echols-Luper was even more of a surprise due to the fact after his decomittment from Texas A&M, the standout from Alabama said he would wait until signing day. The next thing we know, he's committing to TCU three weeks before signing day.

Glenn - Kyle Hicks
Hicks was a Texas Longhorn commit but TUC stayed on him throughout the process. One of the most talented runners in the state, Hicks is coming off of a knee injury but should provide explosiveness out of the backfield when he's completely healed. Big time pick up for the Frogs as they steal one from the Horns.

Apple - Mike Tuaua
Kyle Hicks' flip from Texas to TCU was a surprise, but Mike Tuaua's emergence from out of nowhere to sudden commit was a surprise. The under-the-radar junior college defensive end runs well and should be able to handle Big 12 speed. The question is whether he is big enough to handle the physicality of the Big 12.

Biggest Sleeper
Clark - Denzel Johnson
This shouldn't come as a surprise because hardly anyone knew who Johnson was two weeks ago. Johnson fits the mold of a classic TCU prospect, not well known but very athletic and with something to prove. For a guy who can transition to four different positions and just had one other FBS offer, Johnson is the easy selection.

Glenn - Denzel Johnson
This is your proverbial TCU sleeper. A kid that's 6'2" 205 pounds with a 4.5 forty and a 37" vertical doesn't grow on trees but this one just about fell through the cracks. TCU snagged him with a commitment this past Monday and there's no doubt that like Tank Carder before him, Johnson will make other schools regret that they never recruited him.

Apple - Cydney Calvin
Calvin had no offers near the end of November. Then Wake Forest offered and other teams jumped in as well when they were impressed by his senior tape. During his official visit to TCU, Calvin knew he wanted to be a Frog, and he committed a few days later. Calvin has a rare combination of 6'1 size and 4.3 speed. Combine those skills with a kid who is driven and focused, and you have a nice sleeper in the 2013 class. I foresee big things in Calvin's future at TCU.

Best Highlights
Clark - Charlie Reid
If you want to see long touchdowns and plenty of them, there's not a better one to watch than Reid's senior highlights.

Glenn - Paul Whitmill
One of my favorite recruits because I don't think Whitmill has even scratched the surface of his potential yet. When I picked Dac Shaw for my biggest potential award, Whitmill was a close second for me. I love his speed and again, he fits perfect with TCU's defense. Recruited as a LB, he could fit in as a strong safety too, providing devastating run support for TCU's relentless defense. Wherever he ends up, Whitmill will be a force to be reckoned with.

Apple - Ty Slanina
That goes to Mr. Ty Slanina. When you have his athleticism that goes a long way on the football field. He can play wide receiver, quarterback, or even some defense. He will play receiver at TCU, but he has the versatility to do so many things on the football field.

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