Normally writing about a class of 2017 commit would seem a bit premature, but when it's quite possibly the biggest recruit to sign in TCU history, you make an exception. Shawn Robinson of Denton Guyer is certainly worthy of such an exception, as the top rated dual threat QB in the class of 2017 has proven time and time again on the field. Though only 16, the rising junior has made enough of a name of himself to garner attention from several national powers and most of the SEC, but appears to be choosing to stay close to home, verbaling to Coach Cumbie Friday night.
It's done! I have Officially Committed To Texas Christian University!— Shawn Robinson (@Dshawn_12era) June 27, 2015
Robinson, who finished his sophomore campaign as the Class 5-6A MVP, threw for 2800 yards and 33 TDs, with only 5 INTs. He is a consensus five star recruit and the #2 overall player in Texas, though some recruiting services have him ranked as high as #1. The son of a football coach father and basketball coach mother, Robinson grew up in Fort Worth and has followed the Frogs since his youth. His familiarity with the program, as well as his appreciation for the offense and relationship with the coaches, seems to have been enough to keep him close to home - despite overtures from Alabama, Texas, OU, USC, A&M, and basically every other power in the country. Texas was heavily in play, and most recruiting sites had him pencilled in as a future Longhorn. We can be sure Charlie Strong won't be losing his number any time soon.
At 6'3" and 195 pounds, Robinson has excellent feet and has shown the ability to break tackles and juke guys in the open field. He also does a great job of scrambling in the backfield while keeping his eyes downfield, and shows good touch on short and medium passes. He has the arm to chuck it deep as well, and his high school coach believes he will play a lot like Trevone Boykin at the next level.
While signing day for the 2017 class seems like a long way away, and while we know his verbal will do nothing to keep other suitors at bay, the fact that such a highly rated player would see enough in what TCU is doing now to make a decision to join the program is huge for the Frogs. Patterson and co are still in on a couple big names for 2016, and having a five star in the fold for any year will only serve to boost the Frog name on the recruiting trail in the meantime. TCU has quite the stockpile of QBs in the fold currently, with Kenny Hill enrolling this summer (two years remaining after sitting due to transfer rules in 2015), Foster Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein both entering the fall as redshirt freshman (four years of eligibility remaining for both), and three star recruit Brennan Wooten set to sign in 2016. If the Frogs can hold on to all four guys and add Robinson in 2017? That's an embarrassment of riches any program would be thankful to have.
For the full story on Robinson's signing, and to get an idea of the likelihood he stays committed, read Adam Boedeker's (who broke the news) article here. And if you want to have some fun, look at the reactions nationally on Twitter.