What Are The Needs?

With 13 commitments in the fold, the Horned Frogs are putting their finishing touches on an impressive recruiting class. What are the remaining needs and who are the targets? We take a look.

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.

Offensive linemen
Need: 3

Current commitments: 3; Austin Schlottmann, Frank Kee, Ty Barrett

Departing scholarship players: James Dunbar, Eric Tausch, John Wooldridge

Current targets: Braden Smith(offer), Ryan Griswold(offer), Connor Mayes, Kolton Gatson Terrell Cuney

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.

Needs: 2-3

Current commitments: 1; Ty Summers

Departing scholarship players: None

Targets: Edwin Freeman, Dvonta Derricott, Connor Wilson (Texas Tech commit)

Pictured: Ty Summers (commit)

Notable: There's good news and bad news with the linebacker situation for the Frogs. First, let's get the good news; the Frogs don't lose any linebackers and return all four who received playing time in 2013. They also redshirted Paul Whitmill and also have Denzel Johnson, who played as a true freshman at safety and could make the transition to linebacker. The bad news is the Frogs have only one commitment for their 2014 class at linebacker. They lost four-star Jimmie Swain last month when he decided to open up his recruitment. But, back to the good news; the lone commitment at linebacker for the Frogs comes from one of the best athletes in the state; Ty Summers. Summers fits the mold of a Gary Patterson type linebacker; big, fast and very smart. Summers played quarterback the last two seasons for San Antonio Reagan. After Summers is the biggest question on where the Frogs are looking. There is still thought that Edwin Freeman could be a Frog but signs have pointed to TCU moving on. The Frogs are still recruiting JUCO linebacker Dvonta Derricott, who is a very soft commit to Kansas State at the moment. If the right player is there for the taking, they will add another linebacker to the fold.

Need: 2

Current commitments: 3; Desmon White, Ryan Parker

Departing scholarship players: Cam White (injury)

Current targets: Emmanuel Porter(offer), Caleb Scott(offer), James Washington(offer), Derrick Neal, Garrett Gray, Raelan Singleton

Pictured: Caleb Scott

Notable: With a new offense implemented, the Frogs are looking to add more receivers to their class. They currently have two playmakers at the position; Desoto quarterback Desmon White and Fossil Ridge's Ryan Parker. White put up video game numbers for the Eagles, but at 5-foot-7, 150-pounds, White will line up at slot receiver at the college level. Parker was an unknown before the start of the 2013 season because he hasn't played football in nearly three years. By the end of the season, Parker was one of the top receivers in the state and walked away with district MVP honors. But, two receivers isn't enough for an offense that is looking to move more into a passing attack. Enter a few names to keep a close eye on. The first is Emmanuel Porter, a current Texas commit who also happened to be a one time TCU commit. Porter visited the Frogs for an official visit a few weeks ago and it should be noted that he skipped Texas' most important recruiting weekend (season banquet) for his official visit to TCU. The interest to Porter isn't a new thing and it's very apparent the interest is mutual from Porter. This one could go all the way down to signing day. Another name to watch is a new name; Caleb Scott. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder out of Georgia recently received an offer from the Frogs and is making an official visit to TCU in January. It should be noted that TCU is his first BCS offer but he is also receiving strong interest from Vanderbilt and Georgia among others. The last name to keep a close eye on is Stamford's James Washington. TCU once showed interest in Washington up until the summer but had cooled since his commitment to Oklahoma State. Now with Doug Meacham on staff, the Frogs have once again entered the picture. While Washington seems very content on his verbal to the Cowboys, he hasn't completely ruled out making official visits to TCU and Texas in January. Garrett Gray is another player who could take visits and TCU is one to watch. A current commit to Texas, Gray has already stated that he will likely take visits to look at more options with Mack Brown resigning. That could be good news for the Frogs, who were heavily recruiting the tall receiver out of Marble Falls.

Defensive linemen
Need: 1

Current commitments: 2; Jarrell Owens, Casey McDermott Vai

Departing scholarship players: Jon Koontz

Current targets: Solomon Thomas, Jordan Mittie

Pictured: Jordan Mittie

Notable: The Frogs have two commitments in the fold along the defensive line with Jarrell Owens and Casey McDermott Vai. The biggest question is, "where's the beef". Like linebacker, the Frogs are in good shape with returning players along the defensive line. However, the Frogs lose a ton at the conclusion of the 2014 season so finding at least one player that could fit in at defensive tackle would be nice. The only problem is there isn't a ton of players who fit the mold of a big inside presence. One recruit who is intriguing along the defensive line is Aledo's Jordan Mittie. If the last name sounds familiar that's because he is the son of TCU's women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie. The younger Mittie is 6-foot-3, 230-pounds and was a standout linebacker for the Bearcats state championship team. He was named the championship game's most valuable defensive player. While he played linebacker in high school, Mittie will likely play with his hand on the ground in college. He's already drawn comparisons to former Frog defensive end Jon Koontz.

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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