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
- 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.
- 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.