Artis Surprised By TCU Offer

TCU recently visited Marietta (GA) Wheeler safety Allen Artis and extended him an offer shortly after.

With five commitments in the fold for TCU, the Frogs are in a nationwide search for elite prospects to help fill their 2014 class. Among the players who recently started receiving TCU interest is Marietta (GA) Wheeler safety Allen Artis, the nation's No. 31 safety prospect by FOX Sports NEXT.

The Frogs aren't strangers when it comes to recruiting players from the Peach State; having signed three players from the past two recruiting classes. TCU receivers coach, Curtis Luper, had good success hauling in players from the southeast during his time at Auburn. Frog fans are hoping he continues the trend of adding players from the southeast to the roster.

Artis received an offer from the Frogs last week. It was an offer that admittedly caught the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder by surprise.

"I really haven't had much contact with them so I was kind of surprised," he said of TCU.

Since his TCU offer, Artis has picked up recent offers from Cincinnati, Stanford and Arkansas. The standout safety knew he has a chance to be heavily recruited after his junior season, but he still considers himself extremely blessed with the high number of opportunities to choose from.

Among the schools that have offered Artis are TCU, Arkansas, Stanford, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Wake Forest among others. Several coaches have come by his school during the evaluation period.

"I thought I had a chance after my junior season, I'm really blessed," Artis said. "After the first one everything starts rolling after that. It's pretty humbling to get the offers."

At the moment Artis doesn't have too much familiarity with TCU, however, he's done some research and will continue to do so now that the Frogs have him as one of their top targets for the 2014 class.

"I don't know much, I've been doing some research and seen that they're big on defense the last couple of years," he said. "That's about it. My coach said that they said I was really high up on their board and they'd love to have me there. They want to build a relationship."

Artis most recently attended his father's alma mater, Wake Forest, for the Demon Deacons spring game.

"I went to the Wake Forest spring game, my dad played there," he said. "It was pretty cool; I'm used to it because we go there a lot."

When it comes time to make a decision, Artis doesn't have a particular timeline. Simply put, he'll make a decision when he feels the most comfortable.

"Just whenever I feel comfortable, so if it comes before (the season) or if it comes tomorrow, I'll commit to a school if I feel comfortable," he said. "If it comes on signing day, then it will be signing day. It's all about when I feel comfortable with the school. I want a good degree and I want to have a chance to come in and compete for playing time. And somewhere I feel at home."

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