On Wednesday, everything will be official and another season of recruiting will be done. Until then, TCU currently has 22 commits, and a handful of targets remaining, as they've helped fix some of their immediate and long-term weaknesses.
Assuming that TCU holds on their 22 commitments (which includes 3-star DE Sci Martin and 4-star OT Austin Meyers, who are currently just soft verbals), the Frogs have largely filled out their recruiting needs. Here's a look at that class below:
As Foster Sawyer, Grayson Muhlestein and Kenny Hill will fight it out for the starting position this season, TCU needed to line up their quarterback of the down-the-road future. They booked that quarterback in three-star San Angelo native Brennan Wooten. The 6’2 gunslinger has been committed to TCU since July 2014, and is already on campus.
Four-star running back Darius Anderson, who earned state championship MVP honors for George Ranch (Richmond, Texas) High School this season, is the crown jewel of TCU’s running back prospects haul. Along with Sewo Olonilua, a 212-pound bruiser out of Kingswood, Texas, there are options for the future in TCU’s running game. The big question is whether Olonilua, who is officially considered an athlete, will stay at running back or not. Olonilua saw plenty of time on defense for Kingwood High School, and could possibly flip to the other side of the ball.
It’s certainly one of the reasons that running backs are still a heavily targeted category for TCU, with two highly touted prospects highlighting the board. Robert Washington, a four-star back from Mount Holly, North Carolina, and Kyle Porter, a four-star back out of Katy (Texas) High School, both still have TCU in consideration, and TCU would love to land either - if not both - on signing day.
With graduation sending off a large amount of linemen for TCU after 2015, TCU needed both immediate solutions and a restocked supply for years down the road. The Frogs fulfilled both needs by bringing in three-star JUCO prospect Chris Gaynor, who should compete immediately for a starting spot on TCU’s 2016 roster.
The future is also bright for the Horned Frogs down the road. Three-star linemen Kellton Hollins and Lucas Niang are locked up and committed to TCU, with Austin Meyers, the previously mentioned four-star lineman from Manvel (Texas) High School very potentially joining their ranks in the 2016 class.
After losing Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee to graduation, the Frogs were looking for impact players to fill in instantly for the lost production. TCU knocked it out of the park, landing No. 1 JUCO receiver recruit Taj Williams, three-star receiver Isaiah Graham and LSU graduate transfer John Diarse. The three will contribute immediately as pure receivers, with several athletes in the mix as well for the high octane circus known as Doug Meacham’s offense.
Camron Williams, a four-star recruit out of Dallas, is a receiver with the build of a tight end, and will be fighting for receptions during his time on campus. Fellow athlete Dylan Thomas, a local product out of Paschal High School in Fort Worth, could certainly see time in the receiving corps as well. Although he played quarterback for the Panthers, his verified 4.5 40-yard time is a big reason why he’s considered a 4-star athlete.
That’s not all for TCU’s receivers this upcoming signing day. Plano East product Adewale Omotosho is still in the mix for TCU, as well as Louisiana athlete Jon Randall Benton and Houston soft commit Tyrie Cleveland.
After watching Ty Summers and Travin Howard develop into a new generation of TCU linebacker talents, TCU was looking good heading into 2016 with Sammy Douglas and Montrel Wilson expected to return with full health. That didn’t stop Gary Patterson from grabbing another high talent linebacker, snagging No. 1 JUCO linebacker Tyree Horton. At 220 pounds, Horton brings experience and a traditional linebacker’s frame to new linebackers coach Jason Phillips.
Additionally, if Olonilua doesn’t play at running back for TCU, he’ll likely be seeing some time in the middle of Patterson’s 4-2-5 scheme. He played both ways for Kingwood High School, particularly at linebacker. The No. 1 athlete prospect in the state of Texas certainly has a chance to make playing time.
Similarly to the offensive line, the defensive line saw several losses to graduation. With starters like Davion Pierson and Mike Tuaua moving on, Zarnell Fitch and Dan Sharp needed new blood on the defensive line. They found that talent in No. 1 JUCO defensive end Mat Boesen, four-star MacArthur High School (Houston, TX) product Isaiah Chambers, four-star defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and three-star defensive end Gary Overshown. Sci Martin, a three-star defensive end out of New Orleans, is still a soft verbal commit to TCU, and three-star defensive end Travez Moore (a teammate of Isaiah Graham) is still on TCU’s radar.
With an abundance of ends, the Frogs could benefit from more defensive tackles. Four-star defensive tackle D’Andre Christmas-Giles is still the white whale for TCU’s recruiting class, as the 285-pound stud is one of the highly desired final pieces to the Horned Frogs signing day haul. Holding on to Sci Martin would also be huge for TCU's defensive line.
The biggest things Gary Patterson needed in his recruiting class for his secondary were depth at cornerback, and a safety to help ease the blow of losing longtime wide safety Derrick Kindred. It seems that Patterson met that goal, having three-star corner Vernon Scott and four-star cornerback KeShawn Somerville commit early. Scott committed in July, while Somerville committed all the way back in 2014. Together with a healthy Ranthony Texada, the 2016 corners will look solid in the two-deep.
Additionally, four-star cornerback Parrish Cobb, a soft verbal commit to Oklahoma, and Trayvon Mullen, an uncommitted four-star corner, may potentially turn in TCU national letters of intent this week.
Safeties are also shaping up nicely for TCU, with the Frogs landing JUCO prospect Markell Simmons and Beaumont, Texas, native Innis Gaines. The two three-star recruits should help bring a dosage of athleticism to the depth chart and keep Patterson’s safeties stable. With Kenny Iloka returning in full health and Travin Howard possibly moving back into the hybrid safety role, there should be good feelings about TCU’s secondary in 2016.