We're ten days from National Signing Day, and there's been a lot of movement on the recruiting trail since we last updated you all one week ago. Since then, several names on that list have made their decisions, while others have announced new leaders.
Beginning with players currently committed, TCU fans were worried about defensive end Sci Martin, as the New Orleans native took official visits to Alabama and LSU in consecutive weeks. However, Jeremiah Glenn of 247Sports is reporting that despite being wooed by two of the traditional powers in the SEC, he's sticking with TCU.
Huge recruiting win for #TCU. @lilsci49 tells me that he is solid to the Horned Frogs after OV's to #LSU and #RollTide #Gofrogs #TooColdU— Jeremiah Glenn (@JGHFBlitz) January 25, 2016
Another defensive line commit, Isaiah Chambers, made his way to Miami for an official visit this past weekend. The rumor is that the visit is just for fun, as was his visit to Texas two weekends ago. He still seems to be completely on board with TCU, as he tweeted this after Darius Anderson committed last week.
January 21, 2016
Gotta love the shot at A&M.
Two names we told you to keep an eye on made their commitments over the weekend, with 3-star running back Darius Anderson committing to the Frogs, and offensive tackle Willie Allen pledging to LSU. Yesterday, TCU landed Camron Williams, a 3-star wide receiver from Skyline in Dallas. Williams is the 21st commit to TCU's class of 2016, one that's currently ranked No. 19 in the 247Sports Composite rankings (No. 14 by 247Sports, No. 14 by Scout, No. 17 by Rivals, and No. 22 by ESPN).
Since last week's post, 4-star cornerback Jared Mayden has announced that Oklahoma and Alabama are his top two schools, eliminating TCU from contention.
You'll find a full list of current commits below, but first, here's an updated list of everyone to keep an eye on (and my baseless predictions for where they wind up).
Also, a reminder: The link for each player takes you to their HUDL page.
Kyle Porter, RB, 4-Stars, Katy, Texas
Porter just made a visit to Texas this past weekend, and is headed up to Fayetteville this weekend for his final official visit with the Razorbacks. TCU is in his top three, along with Arkansas and the Longhorns, and while the thought is that Darius Anderson's commitment could push him to another school, there's nothing to substantiate that claim at this point.
He's an incredibly strong runner, and he's not afraid of contact. He also has great hands coming out of the backfield, making him a legitimate offensive weapon in a variety of ways.
Tyrie Cleveland, WR, 4-Stars, Houston, Texas
Cleveland wrapped up an official visit to Arkansas over the weekend and has one OV left next weekend, when he'll head to Florida. The 6'3" receiver is technically still committed to Houston, but he's made it clear that it's a four team race, and he'll be announcing close to NSD.
ALL I can do is prey about it now and do what's best for me— Cleve (@Tyrie_1) January 25, 2016
Cleveland visited TCU on the 15th, and is rated as the No. 2 receiver in this class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Cameron Lewis, S, 4-Stars, Monroe, Louisiana
Lewis, an LSU commit, is coming off of an official visit to Texas A&M, and he has an official visit to TCU scheduled for this upcoming weekend. The 6'1" safety also played quarterback for his high school, flashing incredible athleticism on both sides of the ball.
Lewis is probably a long-shot for TCU, but the fact that he's taking an OV the weekend before NSD should give TCU fans a glimmer of hope.
Trayvon Mullen, CB, 4-Stars, Pompano Beach, Florida
A 6'1" corner with excellent speed, Mullen is currently an LSU lean, but did take an official visit to TCU back in November. Trayvon is an Army All American who holds over 30 offers from across the country. Tall, rangy, and possessing great instinct, he is equally adept at pass coverage as run support.
Mullen reaffirmed his top five of TCU, LSU, FSU, Clemson, and Louisville, and the Florida native is keeping his options open up until signing day.
Brandon Jones, S, 4-Stars, Nacogdoches, Texas
TCU is making a late push for the No. 1 safety recruit in the nation (ranking per 247Sports Composite rankings), as a handful of the staff, including Patterson and Zarnell Fitch, made their way to Jones' home for an in-home visit Sunday night.
Amazing Home visit with TCU tonight! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/NJy1URkNsR— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) January 25, 2016
The Frogs are still a long-shot Jones, but it's nice to see them make a late push, and it's hard to believe they'd do so if they didn't think they stood a chance. Jones has incredible vision and reflexes, plus great speed (4.32-40 per his HUDL page). He'd be an incredible fit in TCU's defensive scheme.
Audie Omotosho, WR, 3-Stars, Plano, Texas
Omotosho was on campus for an official visit late last week, which he immediately followed up with an official visit to SMU. Prior to those official visits, Omotosho hosted Gary Patterson for an in-home visit, signaling that he's a kid the Frogs' staff really wants to get.
The 6'2" receiver has been on TCU's radar since the summer, but didn't receive his formal offer until this past month. While he doesn't have eye-popping stats, pre se, he grades out somewhere between three and four stars depending on your preferred service, and has excellent measurables. He has proven himself a great leader on and off the field - serving as Plano East's senior class president this year.
Lucas Niang, OG, 3-Stars, New Caanan, Connecticut
Niang took his last official visit this past weekend, and is down to TCU, Miami, and Auburn. Many believe that TCU remains on top for the big man from New Cannan, and he would be a fantastic addition to the class of 2016.
At 6'6" and nearly 300 pounds, Niang is a big body on the offensive line who isn't afraid to get physical, possesses good footwork, and projects to be a very good tackle or possibly excellent guard.
DeAndre Christmas-Giles, DT, 3-Stars, New Orleans, Louisiana
The former Tennessee commit made his way to College Station this past weekend, and seemed to have a good time. He was active on Twitter, and briefly engaged with TCU commit Isaiah Chambers simply to tell him that Texas A&M's coaches are good people (this was in response to Chambers making a snarky comment about Texas A&M, after DCG had tweeted a cryptic message about coaches lying).
Christmas-Giles also tweeted what seems to be a part of the sales pitch he received from the Aggies.
The Sec plays the most freshmen— Christmas-Giles (@_DChristmas) January 24, 2016
Prediction: Texas A&M
Here's the list of current commitments with updated rankings (rankings, ht./wt. from 247Sports).
|Stars||Name||H.S. (City)||Position||Height/Weight||National/Pos./State Rank||Offers|
|4||Taj Williams*||Iowa Western C.C.(Council Bluffs, IA)||WR||6-3, 180||6/1/1||Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida State, 20 others
|4||Tyree Horton+||Highland C.C. (Highland, KS)||LB||6-0, 225||8/1/2||Oklahoma, Florida State, Alabama, 16 others
|3||Markell Simmons*||Pima C.C. (Tuscon, AZ)||CB||6-1, 190||48/5/6||Utah, Nebraska, Washington St., 11 others
|3||Mat Boesen*||Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)||DE||6-3, 235||50/4/7||Louisville, Baylor, 8 others
|3||Chris Gaynor*||Dodge City C.C. (Dodge City, KS)
||OT||6-5, 290||78/11/20||Kansas State, Houston, 8 others
|4||Sewo Olonilua*||Kingwood (Humble, TX)||ATH||6-2, 217||124/5/20
||Texas A&M, Oklahoma, 5 others
|4||Isaiah Chambers||Aldine MacArthur (Houston, TX)||DE
||6-3, 258||129/7/22||Baylor, Arkansas, Florida State, 25 others
|4||Isaiah Graham*||Bastrop (Bastrop, LA)||WR
||6-1, 185||228/45/15||South Carolina, Arkansas, 11 others
|4||Ross Blacklock||Elkins (Missouri City, TX)||DT
||6-4, 326||259/26/38||Texas A&M, Houston, Alabama, 13 others
|4||Austin Myers||Manvel (Manvel, TX||OT
||6-5, 295||314/28/49||Ole Miss, Clemson, Houston, 9 others
|3||KeShawn Somerville||Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX)||CB||5-10, 170
||400/40/61||Baylor, Houston, Texas State
|3||Camron Williams||Skyline(Dallas, TX)||WR||6-3, 210
||409/66/65||Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, 8 others
|3||Darius Anderson||George Ranch(Richmond, TX)||RB||5-11, 196
||472/27/72||Alabama, Texas A&M, 17 others
|3||Dylan Thomas||Paschal (Fort Worth, TX)
|3||Innis Gaines||West Brook (Beaumont, TX)
||S||6-2, 190||600/41/88||Arkansas, Utah, 13 others
|3||Sci Martin||McDonogh 35 (New Orleans, LA)||DE
||6-4, 230||666/43/34||Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, 14 others
|3||Brennen Wooten*||Central (San Angelo, TX)
||QB||6-1, 188||674/26/98||Washington, Clemson, Houston, 10 others
|3||Kellton Hollins||Zachary (Zachary, LA)||OC
||6-2, 291||966/7/47||Mississippi St. Memphis, 12 others
|3||Gary Overshown||Horn (Mesquite, TX)||DE||6-5, 241||NA/72/126||Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, 11 others|
|3||Vernon Scott||Mansfield Summit (Arlington, TX)||S
||6-2, 200||NA/71/133||Kansas, Air Force, 5 others
|3||Artayvious Lynn*||Milford Academy (New Berlin, NY)||TE
*Denotes player is already on campus
+Denotes player is signed but not on campus