What Are The Needs?

With eight commitments in the fold and a class expected to reach only 17-18, what are the remaining needs for the Frogs' 2014 class? We take a look inside.

The Frogs have had an exciting last two weeks with three new additions to the 2014 class. Jarrell Owens, Nick Orr and Frank Kee are the latest to verbal to TCU, giving the Frogs eight commitments for the 2014 class.

Where do they go from here?

With a class that looked as small as 14 at one time, a few spots have opened up with departures from the program. The big 2014 needs consisted of: (4) offensive lineman, (3) linebackers, (3) defensive linemen, (1) cornerback, (2) safeties, (1) receiver and (2) quarterbacks.

The Frogs have already landed one of the top quarterback classes in the country with the addition of Foster Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein. Filling specific needs along the offensive line was a big need heading into the recruiting cycle and they've already landed two big time players in Austin Schlottmann and Frank Kee.

With four commitments on the offensive side, the Frogs also have four commits on the defensive side of the ball. The Frogs have landed two defensive backs with Nick Foster and Nick Orr, who are expected to line up at corner and safety respectively. They've also landed a superstar duo along the defensive line with defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson and defensive end Jarrell Owens.

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.

Needs: 2-3

Current commitments: 0;

Departing scholarship players: None

Targets: Jimmie Swain (offer), Edwin Freeman (offer), Dakota Allen (offer), Richard Yeargin III (offer), Chandler Leniu

Pictured: Edwin Freeman (No. 19 OLB in the nation)

Notable: Surprisingly, the Frogs have yet to add any linebackers to their 2014 class. It's odd considering the Frogs only took two in the 2013 class giving the roster five scholarship linebackers. Although they haven't secured a commitment, the Frogs are in the hunt for some of the top linebackers in the country. Swain, Freeman and Allen have all mentioned the Frogs being among their top three to five schools. Swain will wait to make any announcements likely until midway through his senior season, but the Frogs have already made a great impression with the football prestige and academic success. Swain visited TCU's campus in the spring. Quite possibly the top target on their list at linebacker is Edwin Freeman. The Frogs were one of the first programs to offer the Arlington Bowie product, and maybe the first to offer at linebacker. Will Freeman's relationship with former Bowie head coach and current TCU recruiting coordinator Kenny Perry be enough to sway Freeman. At the moment he's leaning toward Texas. Allen is another player that the Frogs were among the first to extend an offer. With a big frame and good speed to boot, Allen is the ideal linebacker for TCU's 4-2-5 defense. Allen hopes to have a decision made by August and it could come down to the Frogs, Texas Tech and Oklahoma, who is his most recent offer.

Need: 2

Current commitments: 1; Nick Orr

Departing scholarship players: Elisha Olabode, Trenton Thomas

Current targets: John Bonney (offer), John Plattenburg (offer),Jahshawn Johnson (offer), D.J. Smith (offer)

Pictured: John Bonney (No. 17 safety in the nation)

Notable: With two free safeties exhausting their eligibility at the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Frogs need safety help. They've already landed a big one with Desoto's Nick Orr, who can play safety or cornerback at the next level, but was recruited to play safety for the Frogs. That leaves at minimum at least one more player to add, but I'm sure Gary Patterson would love to add two more if they're the right fit. John Bonney is a player that the Frogs have been on since last season and it appears at the moment that the Frogs are in decent shape for the Houston Lamar product. Plattenburg recently named a top 12, and missing from the list was TCU. The Frogs will definitely look to change that in hopes of swaying the Texas native, who once said he planned on visiting TCU's campus over the summer. Although he's listed at cornerback, Plattenburg is being recruited also as a safety by TCU. Rounding out the players the Frogs are showing consistent interest in is Johnson. The Ennis product was one of the first offers (in February) the Frogs handed out at safety and since that time he's up to eleven offers. Johnson recently named a top three of TCU, Texas Tech and Iowa in no particular order. Those aren't his final three, but it appears for the moment that the Frogs are in great shape. Georgia native D.J. Smith is still on the Frogs' radar, but he's yet to visit TCU's campus.

Offensive linemen
Need: 2

Current commitments: 2; Austin Schlottmann, Frank Kee

Departing scholarship players: James Dunbar, Eric Tausch (starter), John Wooldridge

Current targets: Braden Smith (offer), Tyus Barrett (offer), Demetrius Knox (offer)Brad Lundblade,

Pictured: Ty Barrett (No. 24 OT in the nation)

Notable: The Frogs want a big offensive line up front and are off to a good start with Schlottmann and Kee. However, the Frogs could add two, maybe three more linemen to this class if they find the right fit. Just who is the right fit? Enter Smith, Barrett and Knox. All three linemen are among the top linemen in the country while Smith ranks as the No. 6 prospect overall in the nation. Smith has kept very quiet about his recruiting process; but, word through the grapevine is the Frogs are sitting in a good spot, possibly even his favorite. It's also well known that Smith is close with his older sister and that sister is a member of the track team at TCU. While Smith's favoritism toward TCU isn't exactly known, Barrett's is. The big tackle from Dallas Skyline has visited TCU's campus several times in recent months and recently made the declaration that the Frogs have already supplanted their seat in his final three. Knox has come on as a pleasant surprise within the last month. Originally offered by the Frogs last summer, Knox originally committed to Texas before opening the process back up a few months ago. What turned out to be the Longhorn's misfortune, turned out great for TCU because the Frogs are back in the hunt. Knox recently named a top five and among his favorites was TCU. He visited earlier this month with his mom and plans to do so again before the end of summer.

Defensive linemen
Need: 1

Current commitments: 2; Zaycoven Henderson, Jarrell Owens

Departing scholarship players: Ray Burns, Bryant House, Jon Koontz

Current targets: Myles Garrett (offer), Solomon Thomas (offer), Rashaan Evans (offer), Grant Blankenship (offer), Jaylen Johnson (offer)

Pictured: Myles Garrett (No. 8 DE in the nation)

Notable: The Frogs are off to a dynamic start on the defensive line nabbing two east Texas standouts; Henderson and Owens. Henderson is regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the country while Owens is well on his way to being thought of as one of the top defensive ends in Texas. That leaves the Frogs in an interesting spot. They would like to add at least one more defensive end, but if they catch lightning in a bottle and have a chance to snag both Garrett and Thomas, they take them. Garrett is much like Braden Smith, he doesn't talk about recruiting much, but depending who you ask many feel it's a Texas A&M versus TCU battle. A&M holds a slight advantage due to the fact that his sister attends the university. TCU is close to home and two of his best buds, Devonte Fields and Kyle Hicks already play for the Frogs. Thomas recently released a top 12 and the Frogs were among that list. Although it went unknown to many, Thomas did in fact visit TCU in March for a Frogs' junior day. If the Frogs happen to land both Garrett and Thomas, you'll see fireworks shooting directly from Gary Patterson's office well after the Fourth of July.

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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