Frogs In Pursuit Of Iloka

TCU extended an offer to Tyler Junior College safety Kenny Iloka on Tuesday. He will visit the Frogs this weekend.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson mentioned several weeks ago to media members in one of his post-practice interviews that the Frogs would likely target a heavy amount of junior college prospects for their 2014 signing class.

He wasn't lying.

The Frogs have offers out of over a handful of junior college players and on Tuesday they added another to their wish list; Tyler Junior College safety Kenny Iloka.

Iloka had a tremendous 2013 season. He led the nation with 126 tackles and also recorded 3.5 sacks, 8 pass breakups, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. He was easily named first team All-SWJCFC.

TCU running backs coach Jarrett Anderson was in Tyler on Tuesday to meet with current Frog commit Frank Kee. Anderson also had a conversation with Iloka while in town and gave him the good news of an offer.

"They offered me today and I scheduled a visit to go there this Friday," Iloka said. "They started expressing interest a little before Thanksgiving and they've started picking it up. Today I saw Coach Anderson and we sat down and he offered me and scheduled my visit for this Friday."

Iloka says he's being recruited to TCU as a weak safety. Regardless if he plays weak, strong or free, Iloka was told he would have an impact at any one of the three.

"They think I can pretty much play every safety position," he said. "They wanted me to come in and compete for the starting job at weak safety. They really just want the three best safeties on the field."

Iloka, the younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka, was on the radar of several programs when he was a prospect coming out of Kempner High school. However, Iloka admits that due to his grades he wasn't recruited much as a senior, but he does remember the Frogs giving him a strong look his sophomore and junior seasons.

"I'd probably say TCU was a dream school going into high school and when I got to see them play I really started liking them because of their defense," he said. "When I was a junior I went over there and really liked the town. I've always been pretty fond of TCU."

Iloka will get to see first-hand what TCU has to offer when he visits this weekend. However, he's already had two people that have told him plenty about TCU dating back to last year; Kee and former Tyler JC defensive backs coach Jason Teague.

"Pretty much all semester he's been the guy in my corner and one of the grad assistants, coach (Jason) Teague last year was my defensive backs coach," he said. "They're always talking about how well I played and that they would talk to Coach Anderson. They've kept me on their watch list. They've always told me how great the coaches are. I felt real comfortable with Coach Anderson right off the bat."

Texas Tech, Memphis and SMU have also shown Iloka strong interest. Prior to his visit with Anderson, Iloka was working on scheduling a visit to Texas Tech. The visit to Lubbock doesn't appear it will happen now.

"I wanted to set up a visit but the visit (to TCU) ends on Sunday, maybe Monday, so I probably won't get be able to get that set up so that definitely hinders my chances of going there," Iloka said of his Tech visit.

Iloka will graduate this Friday from Tyler and then head to Ft. Worth for his visit. Iloka is unsure if he will make a commitment this weekend but says he will definitely have a decision by next Wednesday on where he will spend the next chapter of his college career.

"My first visit was to Memphis and they've been recruiting me since May and I've got to know and appreciate the coaches up there and know the players. I'm just keeping an open mind for now, I definitely want to do my due diligence and compare and contrast," he said. "Obviously TCU is a successful program but I definitely want to do my due diligence. I'll definitely have my decision on what school I'm going to definitely by signing day which is the 18th."

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