TCU landed a big piece of the recruiting puzzle on Wednesday night, when 3-star running back Darius Anderson made his announcement on Twitter.
I want to thank God, my family and all those that have supported and guided me on this journey, I'll be attending... pic.twitter.com/30IltxwpFU
— Darius Anderson (@Jetsonn2x) January 21, 2016
Anderson is rated as the No. 30 running back in the 2016 class by 247Sports, and a Top 100 player in the state of Texas.
Anderson was also being pursued by Texas, Texas A&M, and Alabama, and he had an official visit to Texas scheduled for this weekend. According to Jeremy Clark of HornedFrogBlitz.com, Anderson will no longer be making that visit. The 5'11" back from George Ranch High School had previously been committed to Missouri, but decommitted from the Tigers on December 22. The Frogs offered Anderson a week later, on December 29th, the same day as Alabama and a day prior to Texas A&M extending an offer.
Anderson, an incredibly fast back with good size, ran for over 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior as he led George Ranch to a Texas 5A State Championship. He also had 13 receptions for 283 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
This is a big addition to the 2016 recruiting class, as the Frogs are seeking running back depth with the loss of Aaron Green to graduation. Of course, the Frogs also have the commitment of Sewo Olonilua, a 4-star running back who is already on campus as an early enrollee. Olonilua could play running back or linebacker at the collegiate level, but all signs are pointing to him starting out at running back.
TCU is also pursuing Katy running back Kyle Porter, and the question now is how does Anderson's commitment affect Porter's decision?
Porter also holds offers from Texas and Arkansas, and is visiting both in the next several weeks. Porter has kept his thoughts on his recruiting proccess very close to the vest, he's not on social media, rarely talks to the media, and hasn't revealed a leader among his final three.
It's unknown whether or not Porter will be swayed to a different school based on Anderson's commitment, but both Texas and Arkansas have a bit of depth at running back as well. My guess is that Porter will make the best choice for him, regardless of depth at the position and who else is committed to the 2016 class.