TCU the right fit for Mbanasor

TCU landed one of the top cornerback prospects in the state on Sunday when Pflugerville Hendrickson 2015 prospect P.J. Mbanasor gave his verbal to the Frogs.

TCU under Gary Patterson is known to produce some of the top defenses in the nation every year. Since joining the Big 12 two years ago, Patterson's 4-2-5 has helped the Frogs finish in the top two in total defense in each of the past two seasons and rank among the conference leaders in several categories.

Finding defensive players that can excel in his defense has never really been a problem for Patterson and his staff. On Sunday, the staff landed another prospect who should be a defensive star in his system; Pflugerville Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor.

The 2015 prospect helped continue the Frogs' recent success on the recruiting trail by committing to TCU at their first junior day.

"It's a legacy built school and it really resembles some of the qualities that my school has," he said. "If you look at their athletic hall there is banners hanging up and you can see the tradition and see how TCU is a defensive school. I want to major in business and entrepreneurship and I took a look at their business program and the details of the pursuits that I want to do. It was a perfect fit."

Once Mbanasor committed to Patterson and the other coaches, he described the scene as a big celebration.

"It was crazy, it was like a party," Mbanasor said. "Everyone was jumping on me, there were handshakes everywhere and word spread pretty fast on campus; they were pretty excited."

At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Mbanasor blends a nice combination of size and speed to shut down opposing receivers. He's the perfect player for the Frogs' "boundary" corner in their defense which is exactly where the coaches have told him he'll play.

"Coach Jennings and Coach Glasgow are scheming to have me as a boundary corner and if you look at my highlight film that's how my coaches use me," he said. "They leave me on an island and trust me enough to cover the number one receiver and just go out there and play football and make plays."

Mbanasor already has a great familiarity with the Frogs' defensive scheme, a scheme his school also utilizes on defense. With his ability to make plays and the development he'll gain from TCU coaching, Mbanasor knows the path is there for him to be successful. He points to former Frog cornerback Jason Verrett who is projected as a high round pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft as further proof.

"The scheme I was built up on at Hendrickson is the same scheme that TCU has," he said. "If you look at Jason Verrett, he's going to be an early round pick. It just shows you that TCU knows how to develop their DB's (defensive backs)."

Mbanasor was also receiving strong interest from Tulsa and Houston during the process and other programs have stopped by his school. With his commitment to TCU, expect the traffic to pick up significantly in coming weeks.

"There are coaches that will come by and see me but haven't shown any intentions to further communicate recently," he said.

Mbanasor was named first team District 16-5A for the 2013 season.


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