Bakari "Shocked" By TCU Offer

Mansfield (TX) Legacy 2015 defensive tackle Taaj Bakari picked up an offer from TCU on Sunday.

TCU recently hosted their first junior day, inviting over 20 prospects from the 2015 class to the Ft. Worth campus last Sunday. The day was a big success as they landed three commits on the day to bring their class to seven commitments.

It's still a week away from signing day for the 2014 class. At seven commitments for next year's class, the Frogs' coaching staff has hit a recruiting hot streak in recent weeks.

The Frogs also offered several prospects on the visit and although the targets didn't make a commitment while on campus, the staff left a big impression on many. Among the targets who received an offer while in town was Mansfield (TX) Legacy defensive tackle Taaj Bakari.

Bakari, a 6-foot-2, 287-pounder, has been a big fan of the Horned Frogs for quite a while. In fact, when the Frogs decided to offer the rising defensive lineman, it came as a shock.

"I was just in shock with the fact that I got the offer, I didn't think they would offer me," Bakari said. "I didn't know they were actually interested in me. When I got the offer it was like a dream come true."

It was the first time on TCU's campus for Bakari, who said the facilities really stood out on the visit. He's been a huge fan of the Horned Frogs since he was a small child, thanks to a game he attended a several years ago.

"My dad took me to a game when they in the Mountain West and ever since I went on that campus it just stuck with me," he said. "I just fell in love with TCU."

While on his visit, Bakari had an opportunity to talk with head coach Gary Patterson. The defensive lineman said he could see himself playing for the defensive minded coach.

"Coach Patterson is real nice and down to earth," he said. "I like his coaching style and how he's he a defensive minded coach."

With TCU losing two key players at the conclusion of the 2014 season, defensive tackle is a high priority for the Frogs' 2015 recruiting class. According to Bakari, TCU sees him as an immediate contributor if he does decide to be a Frog.

"They think I could be a great player for them," he said. "They're saying I could play my freshman year and having a long career."

Although he didn't make a commitment on his visit, Bakari did say the thought did cross his mind. While he doesn't have an exact timeframe for a decision, Bakari does say TCU sit solely at the top of his list.

"I think I'm going to wait a little longer, but TCU might be the school I go to," he said. "They're my leader."

On Wednesday, coaches from Baylor, Northwestern and SMU stopped by Legacy to see Bakari. He feels the Bears could be the next to offer.

"I know Baylor is interested in me, I think they're going to offer me in the spring," he said.

Bakari was named All District defensive tackle after recording 44 tackles and 6 sacks in 2013. He was also named to the district All-Academic team.


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