With signing day less than two months away, the Frogs have a few targets they are heavily pursuing to close out their 2014 recruiting class.
With a class that was expected to take just 14 commitments, that number has grown to around 20-21 spots. The Frogs have had an exciting four week stretch as they've landed commitments from some key targets. As it stands now, the class has thirteen commitments. Where do the coaches go from here?
The coaches have done an outstanding job landing big position needs. They've landed two of the top quarterbacks in the nation with Foster Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein. Protecting them up front are also some of the top offensive linemen in the country; four-star Ty Barrett, Austin Schlottmann (No. 36 OT) and Frank Kee (No. 3 OL in JUCO).
The Frogs aren't lacking in skill positions either with receivers Desmon White and Ryan Parker. White led Desoto with over 5,000 total yards in 2013 while Parker hauled in nearly 80 catches for Fossil Ridge.
Defensively, the Frogs have landed six commitments, headlined by Kenny Iloka and Nick Foster. Iloka chose the Frogs over Texas less than two weeks ago and will enroll in the spring semester. Foster is regarded as one of the top corner prospects in the nation. Desoto safety Nick Orr gives the Frogs an excellent crop of defensive backs coming in next year.
The staff has gone back to their recruiting roots in some aspects on defense taking lesser known players to fill pressing needs. Although less known, an evaluation from the TCU staff is all it should take to know that a player has a chance to be very good. Case in point with Ty Summers and Casey McDermott Vai. Summers played mostly quarterback the last two seasons for Reagan but with a 6-foot-2, 211-pound frame with 4.5 speed, he should transition very nicely into the linebacker position under Gary Patterson. McDermott Vai was another player under the radar in recruiting circles, but his performance on the field speaks for itself. The big defensive end recorded 32.5 combined sacks his junior and senior seasons. Jarrell Owens is another standout defensive end prospect who played receiver, runningback and linebacker for Palestine this season. If need be, he could even play linebacker at the next level.
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.
Current commitments: 3; Austin Schlottmann, Frank Kee, Ty Barrett
Pictured: Braden Smith
Notable: Make no mistake, if the Frogs can land more linemen in this class, they will take it. The Frogs have already secured commitments from some of the nation's best with Schlottmann, Kee and Barrett all in the fold. But, as last year showed you can never have enough depth on the offensive line. And let's face it, the offensive line struggled more than any other unit in 2013. The Frogs are still in the hunt for some outstanding linemen to close out the class. Among them is five-star tackle Braden Smith, who plans to make his official visit to Ft. Worth the weekend before signing day. Smith has seen TCU's campus several times with his sister a member of the Frogs' track team. Smith has a final three of Notre Dame, Texas A&M and TCU. The final battle should come down to the Aggies and Frogs. Another name to watch at the tackle position is Pearland's Ryan Griswold. Griswold received his offer from the Frogs last Friday; he plans to make an official visit to Ft. Worth in January. Griswold, a current Boise State commit, admitted recently that a big reason he chose the Broncos was due to Chris Peterson being the head coach. With Peterson now at Washington, Griswold is now reviewing his options. Texas Tech is another program coming on strong for the big lineman. Last but certainly not least is Connor Mayes, a current commit to Minnesota. While all indications point to Mayes being a solid commit to the Gophers, there is still a chance the nation's No. 2 center prospect may take an official visit to TCU in January. Like they always say in recruiting, it's never officially over until the ink is dry. Which brings us to another player; Jasper's Terrell Cuney. With the recent resignation of Mack Brown at Texas, Cuney could become another prospect to watch closely. Cuney has already reached out to TCU and a official visit to TCU in January isn't completely out of the question.