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TCU Recruiting Update: Frogs gaining momentum on the recruiting trail

With two big additions to the class of 2017 last week, TCU seems to be gaining momentum.

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Late last week TCU got two massive commits to the class of 2017 from wide receivers.

First, on Thursday, Jalen Reagor flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to TCU, citing a desire to stay close to family as the driving force behind his decision. The four-star recruit immediately became the highest-rated commit to TCU’s class of 2017, just ahead of dual-threat quarterback Shawn Robinson.

Then, for a Friday encore, four-star wide receiver Omar Manning committed to the Horned Frogs, letting everyone know "what has been known for over a year."

With the additions of Reagor and Manning, TCU now has nine commits for the class of 2017. Three are wide receivers, one quarterback, two safeties, an athlete, a defensive tackle, and an offensive guard. Here’s the full list of commits.

Name Position Ht./Wt. HS/Hometown Stars
Jalen Reagor WR 5-11/182
Waxahachie HS (Waxahachie, TX) 4
Shawn Robinson QB 6-1/213
DeSoto HS (DeSoto, TX) 4
Wes Harris OG 6-4/285
Aledo HS (Aledo, TX) 4
Omar Manning WR 6-3/203
Lancaster HS (Lancaster, TX) 4
Dennis Collins DT 6-1/248
West Monroe HS (West Monroe, LA) 3
Trestan Ebner ATH 6-0/188
Henderson HS (Henderson, TX) 3
Garret Wallow S 6-2/207
John Curtis HS (New Orleans, LA) 3
Kenedy Snell WR 5-8/170
Waxahachie HS (Waxahachie, TX) 3
Lakendrick Van Zandt S 6-1/194
Henderson HS (Henderson, TX) 3

Due to a small senior class, the 2017 recruiting class will also be small. The departure of a few folks from the roster has made a little extra room, but it’s looking like the class will fill out at around 15-18 kids. This means that, while TCU has about 6-9 slots left to fill, they can be selective about who they bring into the class. Ideally, TCU would focus on bringing in some guys on the defensive side of the ball.

With that said, here are some names to keep an eye on as the coaches continue to work the recruiting trail. (Links take you to their HUDL pages)

Baron Browning, OLB, Kennedale HS (Kennedale, TX), 5-Stars

Browning would be the crown jewel in an already talent-laden 2017 class. The five-star recruit is is rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the 2017 class, and the No. 9 player overall by 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Browning has visited TCU on numerous occasions, and the Frogs should still be considered a strong possibility for his college choice, along with Texas, UCLA, and Ohio State. His five official visits were to UCLA, Ohio State, Florida State, Alabama, and Michigan. Browning was committed to Baylor quite a while ago, but decommitted back in February.

Of course, with so many massive programs wooing Browning, it’s hard to predict where he’ll wind up. He makes his announcement on November 29th.

Breon Dixon, ILB, Grayson HS (Suwanee, GA), 4-Stars

Dixon was a long-time Georgia commit, but decommitted back in August. He was originally recruited by Mark Richt, and when Richt was no longer the coach, Dixon decided to weigh his options.

Dixon took an official visit to TCU on September 30th, the weekend of the Oklahoma game. If he witnessed that game, he no doubt saw some ways he could help shore up TCU’s defense.

Josh Thompson, CB, Nacogdoches HS (Nacogdoches, TX), 3-Stars

Thompson has already been a TCU commit once, and it would be pretty nice for him to follow the path of Emanuel Porter and do it again. Thompson decommitted from TCU in July, committing to Texas on the same day, just days after receiving an offer from the Longhorns.

However, Texas’ season hasn’t gone the way anyone hoped, and current TCU commits Omar Manning and Jalen Reagor are still pushing Thompson hard to come back to the Frogs.

He’d be a welcomed addition to TCU’s secondary.

Charleston Rambo, WR, Cedar Hill HS (Cedar Hill, TX), 4-Stars

Rambo is currently committed to Oklahoma, but TCU has been pushing him hard the last few weeks, offering him on October 2nd. Is it possible that TCU flips two Oklahoma receivers in the same class? Sure, anything is possible. Two 247 Crystal Balls have been flipped to TCU in the past week as well, so maybe there’s some momentum there.

Kamren Curl, WR/S, Muskogee HS (Muskogee, OK), 3-Stars

Back in April Curl spoke with Frogs O’ War, and he said then that an offer from TCU would probably trigger a quick commitment from him. However, without a TCU offer in hand Curl committed to Texas Tech.

That is, until Wednesday evening.

Now Curl has an offer from TCU, and it looks like he could be one of the next up to join the #FrogFam.

Curl would likely be a safety at TCU.

Chuck Filiaga, OT, Aledo HS (Aledo, TX), 4-Stars

Filiaga is a massive tackle, and he’s teammates with current TCU commit Wes Harris. It looks like Michigan is leading for his services right now, but having a current teammate in his ear can’t hurt the Frogs’ chances.