Flip Watch

With two weeks left until signing day, crazy things always happen in the world of recruiting. With that, it's time to take a look at some potential flips as signing day inches closer.

It’s officially two weeks from signing day; what’s also known as the race to the finish line. Crazy things happen in the final days leading up to signing day; unexpected visits and unexpected flips, whether from your respective school or to your respective school.

With 22 commitments in the fold, TCU has just a limited amount of space to close out their very impressive 2015 class which ranks No.21 in the Scout.com Team Rankings.

The Frogs have two weekends to impress uncommitted recruits, recruits currently committed to other schools and most importantly the current crop of Frog commits.

While it’s unlikely the Frogs will lose any of their 22 commitments to another program, you never say never in recruiting. TCU has a lot going in its favor; a 12-1 record and Big 12 Co-Championship, a top 3 finish in the final polls and a high-flying offense and stifling defense.

History also shows that the Frogs rarely lose recruits in the month of January although many will point to the dreaded week before signing day in 2012 when the Frogs’ lost Shock Linwood, Ed Pope and Daje Johnson.

But, TCU has done a great job of flipping recruits late in the process in recent years; Emanuel Porter in 2014 and Terrell Lathan and Derrick Kindred in 2012 are just a few notable names that have made big plays in their TCU careers.

So, where do the flips come from this season? Does TCU have a chance to lose a player? We take a look at some key recruits the Frogs will be keeping close attention to in the following weeks leading up to signing day.


Arico Evans – DB | Dallas Hillcrest

Evans is another classic find by the TCU coaching staff. Evans, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was a do-everything player for the Panthers the past two seasons. However, it took teams until late his senior year before taking a heavy notice toward Evans. Among the first programs to watch Evans was TCU, which liked him as an athlete at the time. Kansas was the first school from a Power 5 Conference to offer and TCU shortly followed. Then Arkansas and Texas Tech joined the fold and suddenly Evans had plenty of options. Evans committed to Kansas following an official visit to Lawrence in December; however he’s still taking visits. Evans told HornedFrogBlitz.com earlier in the week that he rushed his decision to commit to Kansas. He’s already taken an official visit to Texas Tech and this weekend he will visit TCU. It was thought that after the Frogs secured a commitment from Montrel Wilson that Evans’ wouldn’t hear much from TCU again. But, since Chris Hackett declared for the NFL, the Frogs are in need of another safety. Head coach Gary Patterson and receivers coach Rusty Burns are recruiting Evans and made an in-home visit with him on Tuesday night. Another thing to consider, Evans is good friends with current Frog commit Joe Broadnax.

Jonah Moi – LB | Riverside C.C.

Moi is a massive linebacker at 6-foot-4, 235-pounds. He’s currently committed to Washington State, but he plans to visit TCU this weekend and possibly Hawaii on January 30th. The Frogs lost three linebackers to graduation, including All-American Paul Dawson. With a young and inexperienced group coming back, the Frogs could definitely use a player with Moi’s experience. At the moment Moi doesn’t know much about TCU’s program and has never visited.

Terrell Chatman – WR | Baton Rouge (Central)

Chatman has been a long time commitment to Miami but that pledge is a soft one at the moment. Chatman is one of the most underrated players in the country that TCU identified long ago. They’ve shown enough interest that Chatman made an official visit to TCU last weekend. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder enjoyed his time on campus and loves the Frogs’ wide-open offense. Chatman told HornedFrogBlitz.com earlier in the week that he has TCU, Arizona State and Miami all on equal ground. He will visit Arizona State this weekend and conclude his official visits on January 30th when he visits Miami.

KEEP AN EYE ON…but not too much

Not to say TCU will lose any of these recruits, but they’re worth mentioning as other programs keep on hot pursuit for these kids.

Sam Awolope – OL | Ft. Bend Marshall

Awolope has added several offers since his commitment to TCU last month but one he appeared to be ecstatic about was Texas. Word on the street is that Awolope is going to visit Texas on the 30th. Will that visit happen is the big question. TCU made an in-home with the big tackle on Tuesday night and by all accounts the visit seemed to cool any interest Awolope has for Texas. It’s also a known fact that Awolope’s parents love TCU and the coaching staff. But, he could be one to keep a close eye on as signing day nears.

Jonathan Song – K | All Saints

Again, this isn’t to say Song is going to decommit but always live by the phrase of “watch what they do and not what they say”. Unless something has changed, Song is a greyshirt and won’t count toward TCU’s class until 2016. However, Song is a very talented kicker and has picked up full offers from other programs. One offer that could impact Song is SMU. With a new coaching staff, optimism is high on the Hilltop. Song made an official visit to SMU last weekend and while he’s still committed to TCU, it’s important to keep an eye on the Mustangs as they also give him the chance to play close to home, early and free.

Jozie Milton – OL | Siliman Institute (Clinton, LA)

Milton is probably the most unlikely recruit to flip his commitment; he’s already done so once when he decommitted from South Carolina to TCU. In fact, Milton loves everything about TCU. Milton isn’t included because on this list because he’s on flip watch, it has more to do with a connection he has on an SEC staff that just offered; Kentucky. Fans in Kentucky feel they have a shot with Milton if they can get him on campus. Milton’s father is friends with Kentucky coach Shannon Dawson; the two played high school ball together. Again, it’s not likely that Milton visits. TCU made a visit to see Milton on Wednesday.

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