Niang noted that the quality of both the school and the football program that drew him to the Frogs.
“The fact that it’s a combination of a good school and football team,” Niang said of his choice. “I really liked the coaches and they came to two of my games so I knew they wanted me. I’m very excited to be going there, I think I can do well there and I’m very happy to finally be done with the recruiting process but also to be going to TCU.”
This guy is an absolute beast, and it'll be a fight to the finish to win his services. It's interesting to note that Texas A&M is not in the top 3, as he just went on an official visit to College Station last weekend.
Rivals rates Christmas-Giles as a four-star prospect, the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 83 player overall. ESPN has him as a four-star prospect as well while 247 Sports rates him as a three-star.
Trent will need to get his legs back under him quickly, if TCU wants a shot at winning more games in conference play.
“It was a positive aspect,” forward Vladimir Brodziansky said. “We have one more guy for our rotation. He didn’t play his best; it was just his first game after he was out. He’s going to be back at his averages. We’re glad to have him back.”
Trent was the second-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game when he began a three-game absence for violating team rules. He moved up to the top spot statistically after TCU (9-10, 1-6 Big 12) played two games without him. Going into Tuesday’s game at Texas (12-7, 4-3), he is back at No. 2, averaging 11.4 points.
A shoulder injury to Cleare and a broken foot to Cameron Ridley has severely depleted Texas' depth in the post. Can TCU take advantage, as they did in the first matchup?
“He didn’t dislocate it, but he kind of jarred his shoulder,” Smart said Monday. “Shaq said he’d done it before, so he wasn’t worried about it. Our athletic trainer told me it could be a week or two until he could come back.”
There are a few interesting names on this list.
Jaelan Austin, freshman wide receiver / 6-0, 192 / 2015: 10 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns
Like so many others, particularly on defense, Austin was a younger player who received some playing time that he might not have gotten if not for injuries. He flashed his exciting potential against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl and caught the third-quarter touchdown pass from Bram Kohlhausen that ignited TCU's 31-point comeback. Austin finished with four receptions for 67 yards and that score against the Ducks -- by far his best game as a Horned Frog. Austin, rated a four-star recruit by Scout coming out of South Grand Prairie, should have more opportunities to shine now that Doctson and Listenbee are gone. It's not a given, however, considering the array of targets (Williams, Turpin, Emanuel Porter, Ty Slanina, Jarrison Stewart, etc.) at TCU's disposal.
He's looking for redemption, and he wants to do it as a QB.
“The first thing the scouts ask me is what do I want to do. I look at them straight in the eyes and tell them I want to play quarterback in this league,” Boykin told ESPN. “I want to prove to the scout, the GM, the head coach, the owner, the team that I can come in and make an impact playing quarterback in this league.”