HFB Signing Day Awards

HornedFrogBlitz.com takes a look at some of the top players in the 2015 class in our annual signing day awards.

TCU signed 21 players to their 2015 class on Wednesday, a class that finished the second highest in the Gary Patterson era.

As we’ve done every year since 2005, we take a look at some of the top players from the impressive class. Who has the most potential? Who’s the biggest sleeper? Who will make the biggest impact on both sides of the ball?

We dive into those questions and much more in this year’s HornedFrogBlitz.com Signing Day Awards.

TOP IMPACT –OFFENSE

Jeremy Clark: Jarrison Stewart (pictured)

This wasn’t an easy decision at all, but in the end I went four-star receiver Jarrison Stewart. Stewart has the whole package for a receiver; he runs great routes, catches well, has good speed and is a good blocker. He has the ability to play either outside or shift inside to the slot. With the Frogs losing David Porter to graduation and Cam Echols-Luper to cornerback, playing time at the slot will be there for the taking. Stewart in my opinion will be ready to nab early playing time.

Jeremiah Glenn: Jaelan Austin

A 6'2" athlete that can play offense or defense. With his ability, he'll become a big time impact receiver in TCU's explosive offense. Offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, Arkansas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Kansas State and many more.


TOP IMPACT – DEFENSE

Jeremy: Deshawn Raymond

This was an easy selection for me as Raymond is one of the top cornerback prospects ever recruited by Patterson and Co. Raymond is long at 6-foot-2, but can turn his hips just as well as smaller corners. Raymond’s physicality also stands out and with his size he will be able to match up with the taller receivers the Big 12 has to offer. With Raymond already on campus and ready to go through spring ball, his chances of making an early impact are much greater.

Jeremiah: DeShawn Raymond

Deshawn Raymond - A big, physical corner (6'1", nearly 6'2"), Raymond is the type of shut down corner that will excel in TCU's defense. Raymond picked TCU over Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee and Arkansas to name a few. Looks like the next in a long line of defensive stars for the Horned Frogs.


Most underrated – OFFENSE

Jeremy: Kavontae Turpin

Talk about a steal, the Frogs may have gotten the most electrifying player in Louisiana with Turpin. Although he’s not the biggest, Turpin’s speed and his ability to make cuts overshadows his lack of size. Turpin helped his team to a state championship as a running back while also lining up at slot. He’ll do the same for TCU. Turpin was also a big time weapon on special teams and without a doubt we could be seeing him return kickoffs early in his career. Rated as the No.176 receiver in the nation, Turpin was a landslide pick for me as the Frogs’ most underrated offensive commit.

Jeremiah: Tre’Vontae Hights (pictured)

A little know recruit nationally. Hights has freakish athletic ability. 6'3", running a legit 4.4 and possessing a 40" vertical gives the Yoakum star all the tools he'll need to grow under TCU's leadership and elite coaching.


MOST UNDERRATED – DEFENSE

Jeremy: Montrel Wilson

Wilson will remind a ton of Frog fans of a player they just lost; Chris Hackett. However, Wilson is a bigger safety at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds. Wilson can play either free or weak safety in Patterson’s 4-2-5 scheme with his athleticism. Wilson is very agile, he ran a 4.12 shuttle time at a TCU camp last summer so he definitely has the ability to cover quick slot receivers. Wilson is not afraid to come up and make a big hit either. As I said earlier, he’s a bigger version of Chris Hackett. Wilson comes in as the No.90 safety prospect which is why he’s the most underrated prospect on defense. In my opinion, he could easily be a top 60 player.

Jeremiah: Niko Small (pictured)

It's hard to call the Texas 6A defensive player of the year underrated but that's exactly what he is. The only thing that stands between Small and 4 star consideration is his size. Standing 5'10" and 187 pounds, Small is looked at as an undersized safety. Turn on his film and all of that goes out the window. The kid can flat out play. An intelligent, ball hawking defender, Small is the perfect prospect for the defensive wizard that is Gary Patterson.


BEST POTENTIAL

Jeremy: Tipa Galea’i

Talk about a kid with potential, it’s Galea’i. The defensive end out of Euless Trinity fits into TCU’s defensive scheme, especially at defensive end, perfectly. He needs to add some weight but with his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame, he already has an athletic build. Most importantly, Galea’i is a terror when it comes to rushing the quarterback as he possesses one of the quickest bursts off the line of scrimmage in the entire country. I can’t wait to see what Galea’i is able to accomplish during his TCU career.

Jeremiah: Arico Evans

Evans was lightly recruited before Kansas made an impression and landed the Dallas Hillcrest star. After committing to the Jayhawks, TCU, Arkansas and Texas Tech offered the talented athlete. (TCU was close to offering before he committed to Kansas) The high school quarterback is projected to play safety in TCU's defense and I think we've seen time and time again what Patterson turns those types of players in to.


BIGGEST SLEEPER

Jeremy: Arico Evans

Evans is another classic find by Patterson and Co. He’s your typical “best athlete” on the team that has helped TCU become so successful on the gridiron during the Patterson era. Evans has great size at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds and like Wilson, Evans will remind Frog fans of Chris Hackett. He will start out on defense for the Frogs, but if for some reason defense doesn’t work, he’s athletic enough to play on offense as a receiver. Frogs got a huge steal in landing Evans.

Jeremiah: Jeff Gladney (pictured)

Many of TCU's commits have enjoyed the spotlight at some point or another. Gladney has flown under the radar the whole time. An early commit (June 2014), Gladney wowed the TCU coaching staff when he measured in at 6'0" and 175 pounds and turned in a blistering 4.34 at their camp. With that ability, the sky is the limit.


MOST VERSATILE

Jeremy: Jaelan Austin (pictured)

Like Evans, Austin has the ability to play on either side of the ball. Austin will get his start at receiver and with a 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, he gives the Frogs yet another big-bodied receiver on the outside. But that’s not all folks, he can play defense too! Austin actually got a ton of playing time at cornerback for South Grand Prairie in 2014 and if called upon, he could make the transition to defense full time. He proved he has the ability to play corner by locking up four-star receiver J.F. Thomas in the Warriors’ win over South Oak Cliff last season. But, for now Austin will get to earn his stripes on offense.

Jeremiah: Kavontae Turpin

Turpin was a steal for TCU and he'll get a chance to showcase his skill set in multiple ways in Fort Worth. An explosive playmaker, Turpin could get looks at receiver, punt return and kick return as a true freshman.


BIGGEST HITTER

Jeremy: Joe Broadnax

For further review, just pull up highlights of the defensive tackle and enjoy. Broadnax hits with a passion and loves doing it. Just watch the tape.

Jeremiah: Joe Broadnax

Another "undersized" talent. Broadnax stands just 6'0" tall but like Chucky Hunter and numerous TCU defensive tackles before him, the Dallas Bryan Adams star is a tackling machine. He'll fit in nicely in the middle of the TCU defense.


SURPRISE COMMIT

Jeremy: Kavontae Turpin (pictured)

There’s really not a surprise commit for this class but if anyone would fall into that category it would have to be Turpin. The Frogs got on Turpin late in the process and he was much of an unknown in recruiting circles almost until he committed to the Frogs. On the flip side, the Frogs were able to get flips from Jozie Milton (South Carolina) , Arico Evans (Kansas), Sam Awolope (Rice) the last month and half.

Jeremiah: Jozie Milton

It should come as no surprise that TCU would flip a player from Louisiana but it still did. While TCU has been busy cultivating their presence in Louisiana, Milton was committed to South Carolina as a defensive tackle. Once Milton visited TCU for an official visit in December however, it was all over. Seen as a bigger clone of Joey Hunt, Milton should be an anchor for the TCU o-line in the very near future.

BEST RECRUITER

Jeremy: Rusty Burns

With a staff full of great recruiters, the award this year goes to receivers coach Rusty Burns. Burns did an excellent job of recruiting kids on the I-20 corridor. Among his gets were four-star receivers Jaelan Austin and Jarrison Stewart. He also helped flip Jozie Milton from South Carolina and had a hand in landing Arlington Bowie teammates Niko Small and Tony James. Burns has long been known as a good recruiter and lived up to that reputation for the 2015 class.

Jeremiah: Curtis Luper

It's really hard to pick just one here because I think the TCU staff is loaded from top to bottom with excellent recruiters. A battle hardened recruiter from his showdowns on the SEC recruiting trai,l as an ace pitch man for the Auburn Tigers, Luper is already standing tall in Texas as recruits are connecting with him right away. Rusty Burns, Jarrett Anderson, Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham all bring high energy on the trail for TCU.

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