On Saturday, Jan. 24th, Morton Ranch High School's Michael Venson became the 18th recruit to commit to the Frogs for 2009. The Katy, TX athlete played running back, wide receiver and cornerback in high school, with the majority of his snaps coming in the offensive backfield.
In 2007 Venson rushed for 736 yards and five touchdowns. However, the Horned Frogs may want to play the 5'10, 170 pound speedster to cornerback, as it is position lacking depth at the moment. Venson runs the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds and his athleticism should allow him to make the transition to defense. Before committing to TCU, he held offers from Kentucky, Troy, UTEP, Tulsa, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and North Texas.
But Gary Patterson and company weren't done. On Sunday, the Frogs received a verbal commitment from River Ridge, Louisiana native Kenny Cain. The John T. Curtis running back/linebacker fits the mold of an impact player on Patterson's 4-2-5 defense. He played mostly at running back in 2008, rushing for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns. But he did get some time in at linebacker, racking up 32 tackles, 1 sack and a fumble recovery. At 6'1, 215 pounds, Cain is a physical sideline-to-sideline player with a pretty good motor. His listed forty time is not overly impressive at 4.6 seconds, but he is adept at filling gaps and stopping the run. In addition to being a stout defensive player, Cain is also a very aggressive on special teams. His pursuit of runners on kickoffs may remind Frog fans of recently departed linebacker Robert Henson.
Both Venson and Cain were at TCU for visits this weekend, so coaches and current Horned Frog players were able to sell the idea of TCU to the recruits. Venson gives the Frogs another option at cornerback and Cain means the addition of another impressive LB/SS to an already loaded recruiting class which includes all-state linebackers Tanner Brock and Justin Isadore as well as safeties Trenton Thomas, Malcolm Williams and Jurell Thompson.