Wednesday was a big, big day for several TCU athletics programs, as it was the beginning of the early signing period for men’s and women’s basketball, and signing day for baseball and golf. Here’s a recap of everyone that sent in a signed NLI, officially becoming Horned Frogs.
Lat Mayen, SF/PF, Australia
Mayen committed to the Frogs on October 31st, and made his commitment official Wednesday with his signed NLI. Mayen is rated as a 3-star power forward by 247Sports, and is the second-highest rated prospect in Australia for the class of 2017.
R.J. Nembhard, SG, Keller HS (Keller, TX)
Nembhard, a 4-star shooting guard, and the No. 11 player in the state of Texas, chose TCU over a host of other schools, including Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Cal, and SMU.
Kevin Samuel, C, St. Thomas Episcopal School (Houston, TX)
Samuel is a huge signing for TCU in every sense of the word. He’s a 4-star center who also held offers from Arkansas, Baylor, SMU, Oklahoma, UCLA, Texas, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s also 6-foot-10, 220 pounds of pure basketball talent. His addition gives TCU another massive inside presence, and he should be able to make an immediate impact on the 2017-18 squad.
Kyeria Hannah, F, Butler CC
Hannah, rated as the No. 33 JUCO player in the country, originally committed to Missouri State in 2015 prior to heading to Butler CC. ESPN had her rated as the No. 73 player in the 2015 class, and she’ll bring her great shooting ability to a Frogs squad that was 4th in the Big 12 in scoring in 2015-16.
Lauren Heard, G, Guyer HS (Denton, TX)
Heard is a 4-star guard recruit, rated as the No. 4 point guard in the state of Texas for the 2017 class. Last season she averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 steals per game (according to GoFrogs.com).
Jacob Gonzalez, 3B, Scottsdale, AZ
Gonzalez is the son of former MLB player and World Series Champion Luis Gonzales. The third baseman “can flat out rake” according to his profile on Perfect Game. He received a 10 rating from Perfect Game, which equates to “Potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect” per their website.
RJ Lan, 1B/3B/CF, La Mirada, CA
Lan, a two-sport athlete in high school, also had an offer from New Mexico to play football, before ultimately deciding to become a Horned Frog. I’d say that was an excellent choice.
Esteban Cardoza, SS/2B, Richardson, TX
Carlos Esteban Cardoza Oquendo is a local kid who switch hits, has good speed, and is a solid fielder.
Tristan Hanoian, SS/2B, Costa Mesa, CA
Hanoian is a defensive stud who also has a good bat. UCLA and UC Irvine were also interested in the California native. He has a 9.5 rating on Perfect Game.
Shane Baz, RHP/3B, Cypress, TX
Baz has openly commented on how Luken Baker is a role model for him, and now Baz and Baker will be teammates. Baz is a two-way player with a powerful arm (95 MPH), and a heck of a bat. He received a 10 rating from Perfect Game.
Tyler Freeman, SS/2B, Rancho Cucamongo, CA
Freeman has a 10 rating from Perfect Game, similar to Baz and Gonzalez, and is known for being an all-around solid player. He has good defensive skills, a solid bat, and great speed.
Coby Boulware, SS/2B, Anthem, AZ
Boulware is a good middle infielder with a strong arm, who received a 9 rating from Perfect Game.
Caleb Sloan, RHP, Centennial, CO
Sloan is a powerful right handed pitcher with stuff in the mid-90s. He was a national All-American last season, and has a 10 rating on Perfect Game.
Grace Do, Coppell, TX
Do is is a two-time district champion, and has twice been tabbed as a Texas High School Golf Coaches Top 10 player.