Coach Gary Patterson and the Frogs have not let up on the recruiting trail, scoring a verbal commit from 3* receiver KaVontae Turpin this morning, who made the announcement on twitter. Turpin is the latest commit to come out Louisiana, the next in what has become quite a pipeline for TCU, hailing from Monroe's Neville High School. The 5'9" speedster will see time at receiver, and likely kick returner, for the Frogs.
Turpin is the sixth wide receiver to join the #FunkyTown15, though knowing Patterson, not all will stay at that position. Turpin, who also stars on the basketball team, runs a 4.44 40 and chose TCU over Texas Tech among others. After taking an official visit to Fort Worth, with a handful of other top targets, Turpin made the choice Sunday morning.
KaVontae will be another explosive weapon for Cumbie and Meacham's Air Raid offense, and could be used in a role similar to Desmon White, who got significant snaps in his true freshman season. At Neville, he took snaps at receiver, running back, and even QB, showing excellent vision and patience. Very quick on his feet, Turpin can chance directions on a dime, uses the jump cut very well, and has the strength to break tackles combined with the speed to run away from defenders. He's definitely not afraid of contact, and his highlights show plenty of him lowering his shoulder and bringing the boom on unsuspecting defenders. Though not a big kid, he is deceptively strong and has a real nose for the end zone. Turpin is also a gamer - his three touchdowns (runs of 1 and 63 yards and a reception for 37) in the state championship game gave his Tigers a come from behind victory and a 4A title.
Turpin is the 22nd commit in the class of 2015, and the tenth on the offensive side of the ball, as the Frogs will have lots of holes to fill on O after next season. TCU has several offers still out, with Signing Day fast approaching, will look to close strong on what may well be the best class in the school's history.
Congrats to KaVontae and his family, and welcome to Fort Worth! Check out his highlights here.