Despite losing out on Braden Smith, Jarrell Owens, Jimmie Swain and Zaycoven Henderson, TCU managed to pull in one of its strongest recruiting classes in recent memory. Addressing the offensive line was key, and they did that. They pulled in three junior college guys that should be able to contribute right away in Frank Kee, Kenny Iloka and Vin Ascolese.
However, the offseason is always for looking to the future, and we do that now with a way too early look at the 2015 recruiting class.
The Frogs are always seeing the benefits of a revitalized coaching staff, first with the 2014 class and now with kids slotted to sign February 4, 2015. The hashtag #FunkyTown15 was trending over the weekend as a slew of 2015 recruits made their way to Fort Worth and onto TCU's campus, and it seemed like most of the kids had a good time.
Ryan Newsome is a big name to keep an eye on as we progress into the fall. This kid is a 4-star wide receiver out of Aledo, and he is holding offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, TCU, Texas Tech and UCLA. He's only 5'9", but he's fast. 4.4 40 fast.
Hanging out at TCU today pic.twitter.com/JRShhyh8uh— Conner Dyer (@Dyer_Football) February 8, 2014
Conner Dyer is a 4-star OG out of Mesquite, and is ranked as the #7 OG in the 2015 class by Scout.com. This kid is a beast, and he already holds offers from Baylor, Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and Virginia. There's no doubt he'll continue pulling in offers throughout the year. This is the type of kid that Patterson was referring to when he said he wanted to put a fence around DFW.
TCU Visit today! pic.twitter.com/IB0I6AlNbO— Landis Durham (@LandisDurham) February 9, 2014
Durham is a linebacker recruit from Plano East, and is currently rated as the #12 MLB in his class. He has a great combination of size (6'3" 225) and speed (4.5 40) that Patterson loves in his linebackers. He received his offer over the weekend, and now has six offers, Boise State, Boston College, SMU, TCU, Tulsa and Washington. For those that may not be impressed by the offer sheet, just wait.
Haughton is a safety recruit from Waco Midway, and currently holds offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oregon State, SMU and TCU.
All in all, the Frogs hosted:
QB - Jaylon Henderson, Ben Hicks
OL - Conner Dyer, Isaiah Edwards, Keaton Sutherland
WR - Jarrison Stewart, Ryan Newsome, Jalen Guyton, James Proche, Carlos Strickland, DeAndre McNeal
RB - Ronald Jones II, Aca'Cedric Ware
DL - Breylin Mitchell, Darrion Daniels, Kingsley Keke, James Lockhart
LB - Alec Dunham, Semaj Thomas, Landis Durham, Lenoy Jones, Riley Garner
CB - P.J. Mbanasor, Holton Hill, Jordan Tolbert, Jackie Clayton
S - Khalil Haughton, Keivon Ramsey, Deshon Elliott,
ATH - D'Andre Jackson II
Also, here are a few guys that got an invite, but didn't make it to campus for one reason or another: Malik Jefferson, DaMarkus Lodge, Cameron Townsend, Toby Weathersby and Carlos Strickland.
Just from a first glance at this list, it looks like defensive depth and wide receivers are the focus for the 2015 class. Obviously that's not terribly narrowed down from "just every position" but it's still really early.
While no new recruits committed over the weekend, several received offers, and we'll see many more of these kids get their offer as we move into the spring and summer.
Also on campus over the weekend were current TCU commits P.J. Mbanasor, Breylin Mitchell, Jarrison Stewart, Semaj Thomas and Alec Dunham. Their visits were great for the Frogs as they were able to hype up TCU to other recruits and reaffirm their choice of TCU.
Fell in love with TCU all over again today. 😍 #FunkyTown15 🏈🐸— Alec Dunham (@_32Problems) February 9, 2014
As of now, here's a list of the seven commits to TCU for the 2015 class.
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Fort Worth, TX
(Round Rock HS)
Round Rock, TX
Mbanasor is probably the biggest commit to this point, and he's seen his recruitment pick up quite a bit over the past few weeks. He's received offers from Notre Dame and Oklahoma to go along with Texas Tech, and he was recently upgraded to a 4-star by Scout.com.
However, to really call out any of these commits as being bigger than another is folly at this point. They all have their senior years ahead of them, and a lot can happen over the next year. What we do know is as it stands now, TCU is off to a fantastic start to the 2015 class.