Frogs Sign 24

TCU announced the signing of 24 players as part of their 2014 class on Wednesday.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced the addition of 24 signees to the Horned Frogs program on Wednesday afternoon. The 2014 class finished with the No. 37 class according to team rankings compiled by Scout.com.

Scattered among the list of signees for the Frogs were two Scout.com Top 300 players, four 4-star players while nine players made the Scout.com Texas Top 100.

The class was split nearly equally among offensive and defensive players; the list consisted of 12 offensive players while the defense produced 11 players.

Headlining the group of signees were four-star recruits Foster Sawyer, Shaun Nixon, Ty Barrett and Emanuel Porter. Coincidentally, all of those prospects are offensive players.

The Frogs filled virtually every recruiting need on their want list for the class. In addition to landing Sawyer, the Frogs also signed Decatur, Texas quarterback Grayson Muehlstein, who barely missed four-star status. The duo gives TCU the number 2 recruiting class for quarterbacks in the nation, trailing only Virginia Tech.

The Frogs went heavy on recruiting offensive linemen in 2014 as well, landing five signees. Joining Barrett is Austin Schlottmann, Trey Elliott, Frank Kee and Ryan Griswold. Schlottmann, at 6-foot-6, 290-pounds may have the most potential of any of the linemen. Elliott was a steal late in the class as he chose the Frogs over Texas Tech, where most of his family attended school. Kee is expected to make a jump from the JUCO ranks and become a major contributor right away. He's already on campus and will go through spring drills. Griswold helped Pearland reach the Class 5A title game and flipped his commitment from Boise State in mid-January.

Skill positions aren't lacking this class as the Frogs secured plenty of playmakers. Led by four-stars Porter and Nixon, the Frogs signed a total of four wide receivers and one running back. Joining Porter at receiver is Corey McBride. Ryan Parker and Desmon White. McBride was originally committed to Arkansas and when the Razorbacks decided to back off, the Frogs were able to land his commitment. At 6-foot-2 with 4.4 speed, McBride is a nice compliment to Porter. Parker is also a long receiver at 6-foot-3 and has a 40-inch vertical. He was one of DFW's leading receivers in 2013 with 73 catches. White is simply one of the most dynamic players in the state; regardless of his size. White put up over 5,500 yards of total offense and accounted for 58 touchdowns in arguably the toughest division of football in the entire nation.

Defensively, the Frogs went heavy at the cornerback position, signing five players. Next, the Frogs signed three defensive linemen, two safeties and one linebacker.

At cornerback, the Frogs landed two of the top players in the state with Nick Foster and Nick Orr. Foster was regarded as one of the most physical corners in Texas and rarely tested on the year when is came to pass coverage. At 5-foot-11, Foster has great size for a boundary or field corner. Orr, whose father Jerry played at Texas, decided he would be a Horned Frog instead of following his father's footsteps. The Frogs signed three out of state corners; Corry O'Meally, Torrance Mosley and Ridwan Issahaku. O'Meally is a JUCO from Ellsworth and will have three years to play two. Mosley played a little bit of everything for Dutchtown and was a teammate of fellow signee Corey McBride. Issahaku could be a classic steal for Patterson and Co. Blessed with size and speed, Issahaku was a force on defense for Norcross in 2013, helping them to the Class 6A State Championship. In the title game, Issahaku recorded two interceptions.

The Frogs also landed two very talented players at the safety position in Kenny Iloka and Travin Howard. Iloka was one of the top junior college safeties in the nation out of Tyler Junior College, leading the nation with 126 total tackles. Iloka is already on campus and will compete for the starting weak safety position in the spring. He chose TCU over Texas in the end. Howard is another east Texas standout out of Longview. Many considered Howard to be the top defensive player in all of east Texas in 2013 and his senior campaign resulted in several post-season accolades.

On the defensive line, the Frogs signed two future defensive tackles and a sleeper at defensive end. At tackle, the Frogs landed Munday's L.J. Collier and Chris Bradley out of Shreveport Evangel Christian. Collier was originally committed to Texas Tech before he made the switch to TCU in mid-January. At 6-foot-4, 245-pounds, Collier has a big frame and could be a force at defensive tackle for the Frogs. Like Collier, Bradley also has the frame to add plenty of weight but with the ability to maintain his quickness off the ball. Casey McDermott Vai is another classic find by the TCU staff. At 6-foot-4, and a rock solid 240 pounds, McDermott Vai has the size and speed to cause havoc to opposing offensive lines.

Rounding out the list of defensive players at linebacker are Ty Summers and Vin Ascolese. Summers actually played quarterback for San Antonio Reagan as a junior and senior but at 6-foot-2, 220-pounds with 4.5 speed, Patterson and Co. found the perfect fit for a Big 12 linebacker. With his performance at quarterback the last two seasons, there's no question Summers is smart enough to make the transition to linebacker under Patterson. Ascolese is an interesting prospect who was originally a 2012 signee with Arkansas but has not played football the last two season. At 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, Ascolese was a Parade All-American his senior season after recording 134 tackles, 12 sacks and forcing 8 fumbles.

Vin Ascolese - North Bergen, N.J.
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Pos | OLB
Position rank | NR
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Ascolese was a Parade All-American in high school and regarded as the top linebacker in New Jersey for the 2012 class. His senior season the 6-3, 230-pounder recorded 134 tackles and 12 sacks. Ascolese originally signed with Arkansas as part of their 2012 class but has not played football the last two seasons.


Ty Barrett - Dallas Skyline
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Pos | OG
Position rank | 22
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Barrett chose TCU over offers from Texas Tech, Arizona State, Ole Miss, UCF and Oklahoma among others. Barrett was a first team All-District selection and second-team Class 5A All-State team. Barrett also played in the Semper-Fi game in January.


Chris Bradley - Shreveport (La) Evangel Christian
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Pos | DE
Position rank | 105
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Bradley chose TCU over Arkansas and Texas State. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder recorded 83 tackles with 15 sacks in 2013 earning him district and All-State honors.


L.J. Collier - Munday
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Pos | DE
Position rank | 72
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Collier decommitted from Texas Tech late in the process and signed with TCU. Collier was the Class A State Championship Defensive MVP in 2012. As a senior, Collier recorded 64 tackles, 3 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries en route to District 8A-DII defensive MVP honors.


Trey Elliott - Dallas Jesuit
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Pos | OT
Position rank | NR
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Elliott chose TCU over offers from Texas Tech, Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State and New Mexico among others. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder was named to the District 9-5A first team offense.


Nick Foster - Keller Fossil Ridge
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Pos | CB
Position rank | 38
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Foster was the first commitment for the Frogs' 2014 class, committing nearly one year ago. Foster was one of the most physical corners in the state and chose TCU over heavy interest from Texas and Oregon. Foster was named first team all-district 4-5A.


Ryan Griswold - Pearland
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Pos | OT
Position rank | 97
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Griswold helped Pearland reach the Class 5A state championship game in 2013. A long time commitment to Boise State, Griswold flipped to TCU in mid-January. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder also held offers from Fresno State and Houston among others. Named to the district 22-5A first team offense.


Travin Howard - Longview
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Pos | Safety
Position rank | 84
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Howard could be the steal of the class after his stellar performance as a senior. Howard was named district 12-5A defensive MVP after recording 89 tackles, 8 interceptions, 10 TFL's and had 4 defensive TD's. Howard also scored on two punt returns. Howard switched his commitment from UTSA to TCU in January.


Kenny Iloka - Tyler Junior College
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Pos | Safety
Position rank | 3
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Iloka was regarded as one of the top JUCO safeties in the nation in 2013. The big safety led the nation with 126, earning him All-SWJCFC honors. Iloka chose TCU over offers from Texas, SMU, Memphis and heavy interest from Texas A&M.


Ridwan Issahaku - Norcrosse (GA)
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Pos | CB
Position rank | NR
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One week after committing to Georgia State, Issahaku switched his commitment to TCU after an official visit. The 6-foot, 180-pound corner is widely regarded as a huge steal for the Frogs. He helped Norcross to the Georgia Class 6A Championship while earning game MVP honors. On the year he recorded 78 tackles, 6 TFL's and 7 interceptions with 103 return yards. Chose TCU over Georgia State, Western Kentucky and Buffalo.


Frank Kee - Tyler Junior College
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Pos | OL
Position rank | NR
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Regarded as the No. 3 JUCO offensive guard prospect in nation, Kee will give the Frogs immediate help up front. Kee chose the Frogs over offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among others.


Corey McBride - Dutchtown, (La)
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Pos | WR
Position rank | 137
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McBride was a long time commitment to Arkansas but made his commitment to TCU on February 2nd. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder with legit 4.4 speed is one of the fastest players in Louisiana and has the opportunity to also run track for the Frogs.


Casey McDermott Vai - Raytown (Mo) South
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Pos | DE
Position rank | 24
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Talk about steals, the Frogs went to Missouri and stole McDermott Vai right out from everyone else. A rock solid 6-foot-4, 240-pounds with a high motor. In two seasons the defensive end recorded 32 sacks and garnered first team All-State honors both seasons.


Torrance Mosley - Dutchtown (La)
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Pos | CB
Position rank | 134
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Mosley lined up at running back, receiver and cornerback for Dutchtown in 2013, earning first team 5-5A honors as a utility player. Mosley was also committed to Arkansas before deciding on TCU late in the process.


Grayson Muehlstein - Decatur
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Pos | QB
Position rank | 31
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Muehlstein is yet another steal for the class and one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country. In 2013, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder racked up nearly 5,000 total offensive yards and accounted for 61 touchdowns. Muehlstein was named second team Class 3A All-State and District Co-MVP. He chose TCU over North Texas and interest from Baylor and Stanford.


Shaun Nixon - Lake Travis
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Pos | HB
Position rank | 21
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The Frogs got a huge surprise one day before signing day with Nixon switching to the Frogs from Texas A&M. Nixon is regarded as one of the top running backs in the country after rushing for over 1,700 yards and 24 scores in 2013. He also caught 30 passes for 3 more scores. Nixon was named district 15-5A District MVP in 2013.


Corry O'Meally - Ellsworth Junior College (IA)
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Pos | CB
Position rank | NR
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Originally from Miami, O'Meally enjoyed an All-American season in 2013 after recording 44 tackles, 3 interceptions and 9 pass breakups. O'Meally chose TCU over Iowa State and Utah State among others.


Nick Orr - Desoto
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Pos | CB
Position rank | 55
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Orr was one of the top defenders for one of the top teams in the nation in 2013. Orr missed several games his senior season but he still managed to make the All-District team. Orr chose TCU over offers from Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Missouri among others.


Ryan Parker - Keller Fossil Ridge
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Pos | WR
Position rank | 126
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Parker didn't play varsity football until his senior season and he responded with one heck of a season. In his first and only season at the varsity level, Parker hauled in 73 catches for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named District 4-5A Offensive MVP.


Emanuel Porter - Dallas Lincoln
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Pos | WR
Position rank | 54
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It was quite an interesting ride for Porter and his recruitment. An original commitment to TCU, Porter switched to Texas and back to TCU in January. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder with 4.4 speed also received an offer from LSU late in the process. Porter may have the most potential out of any TCU signee with his size and speed combination.


Foster Sawyer - FW All Saints
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Pos | QB
Position rank | 15
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The third commitment for TCU this class, Sawyer chose the Frogs over offers from Baylor, Alabama, UCLA, Houston, Oklahoma State and many others. Sawyer was 22-0 as a starter at All Saints, leading the Saints to two SPC championships. In 2013, Sawyer threw 48 touchdowns with just 2 interceptions. Sawyer was named first team All-SPC in 2013.


Austin Schlottmann - Brenham
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Pos | OL
Position rank | 35
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Schlottmann is quite possibly the most versatile player in TCU's signing class. At 6-foot-6, 290-pounds, the big lineman can play any of the five positions along the offensive line. He lined up at left tackle for Brenham as a senior, helping them to the Class 4A Division II state championship. Schlottmann was named to the Class 4A All-State first team. The big lineman surrendered 0 sacks in 2013.


Ty Summers - SA Reagan
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Pos | LB
Position rank | NR
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Summers will play linebacker for the Frogs and with a 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame with 4.5 speed, he's a perfect fit for Patterson's defense. Summers player quarterback in his last two seasons for Reagan, racking Honorable-Mention All-State honors in Class 5A. Was also named District 26-5A MVP after accounting for nearly 3,800 total yards and 48 touchdowns in 2013. Summers chose TCU over Rice.


Desmon White - Desoto
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Pos | WR
Position rank | 193
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One of the most dynamic players in the state, White put up video game numbers during his career at Desoto. White earned first team Class 5A All-State honors at quarterback after accounting for over 5,500 total yards and 58 scores in 2013. White will play receiver and serve as a return specialist at TCU. He chose the Frogs over North Texas.


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