That was until TCU offered the talented prospect during the Frogs' first junior day. Mbanasor wasted little time mulling over the offer, promptly committing to Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs. As expected, from that point Mbanasor's recruitment took off.
In what has become a norm, once TCU offers a little known prospect others soon follow. Shortly after his commitment to TCU, Mbanasor added offers from Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Baylor, LSU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin among others. After decommitting from the Frogs last month, he's added even more offers. He recently added an offer Michigan State and one from Texas on Wednesday.
All told, Mbanasor now holds 20 offers and is one of the most coveted cornerback prospects in the nation.
While he admits he was already hearing from several programs before committing to TCU, he acknowledges that once his commitment was made, it made others follow quickly thanks to TCU's reputation of evaluating prospects; particularly defensive players.
"Coach Patterson is a very respectable man so I guess some schools fed off of that I guess you could say," he said. "I think the reason my recruiting and the offers I got were because of him because TCU is a respectable program and he's a defensive guru. Other schools look at that and they came fast. I knew offers were going to come but they came faster because of him I would say."
Mbanasor says despite his decommitment from TCU, he continues to keep a good line of communication with the TCU coaches on a regular basis.
"I've talked to Coach (Kenny) Perry, Coach (Chad) Glasgow and Coach Patterson; we still all talk," he said. "They check on me to see how I'm doing and we still communicate like that."
Mbanasor has seen various programs this spring and for now he has plans to see Oklahoma next month. The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder likes what he sees in the Sooners' program.
"I may be going to Oklahoma on April 12th but other than that I don't have any legitimate dates in line right now," he said. "They're a good program and know how to produce great DB's," he said. "They have a great coaching staff and nice facilities and business program. It's just a respectable program."
With several months to go until signing day, Mbanasor is taking the recruiting progress in stride. With multiple offers on the table, he hopes to start sorting schools out soon.
"I'm working on the process of narrowing things down to eventually make the decision but it hasn't been too difficult," he said. "I am going to take my time with it."
For Frog fans, the big question remains on whether or not the Frogs will be among the final list of schools Mbanasor considers. He doesn't rule out another possible visit to Ft. Worth with his family if that's what TCU wants. Regardless, Mbanasor says his parents are behind him no matter where he ends up.
"If they want to and they feel it's necessary then we'll be willing too," he said. "They want me to find the best opportunity whether it's here or in Canada. They just want me to be in the best situation possible."