Gary Patterson wasn’t particularly happy with being one of just a few Big 12 teams playing into December, as it put him a week behind everyone else when it came to recruiting. But he has more than made up for the lost time, making a host of in home visits and even busting the helicopter out as he flies near and far in search of the missing pieces that could put TCU back in the thick of the Big 12 title race for years to come.
Several new offers have been made over the course of the last few days, including Oklahoma commit, and four star wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb, a 6’2.5” stud from Richmond. While he is considered a hard commit, sophomore running back Noah Cain is just beginning his journey - and Shawn Robinson’s high school teammate at DeSoto caught TCU’s eye as well.
Blessed to receive an offer from Texas Christian University!! #HornedFrogs pic.twitter.com/VX99QT39Du— Noah Cain (@therealnoahcain) December 9, 2016
Three star tackle Jordan Agasiva, a former Hawaii commit and current Pima Community College player, narrowed his choices to three, including TCU, Utah, and Oregon State. The 6’4”, 290 player will graduate this fall and enroll in January, immediately bolstering a unit that has been much maligned this season for their inconsistency and penchant for terribly-timed penalties.
After talking with my mom and my dad, These are my Top 3 Schools!!! I appreciate all of the other schools that's been recruiting me!#BLESSED pic.twitter.com/53XHpVCe3G— Jordan Agasiva (@Jagasiva79) December 1, 2016
Currently, the Frogs have nine verbal commits, led by a quartet of four star prospects on the offensive side of the ball. QB Shawn Robinson is the star that stirs the drink, a dynamic athlete under center who has been on a tear for DeSoto through the Texas High School Football Playoffs. The dual threat talent stands 6’1” and weighs 200 pounds, has thrown for over 2,700 yards this year, rushed for another thousand plus, and been a part of 37 total touchdowns. He good. Robinson is slated to be an early-enrollee, and don’t be surprised if he puts together the kind of spring that has him competing for snaps next fall as a true freshman.
Great In Home Visit With My Future Coaches... Four more weeks!! pic.twitter.com/k6IIdXV8KV— Shawn Robinson (@ShawnRobinson_) December 9, 2016
One of Robinson’s future protectors is Aledo standout Wes Harris, a massive mountain of a young man who is talented enough to play either the offensive or defensive line at the next level, but seems to be in line to be Austin Schlottman’s successor at center. Harris is as close to locked in as a verbal commit can be, having already signed his financial aid package and being one of the most vocal recruiters in the class of 2017.
Amazing in home visit with the best coaches in the country!! @TCUCoachP @meacham_doug @jandersonfrogs can't wait till January#Carterboys17 pic.twitter.com/DDFvH8eqeH— Westley Harris (@WesWesharris) December 8, 2016
The other two four star verbal commits are the wide receiving duo or Omar Manning and Jalen Reagor, a pair of big, strong, and fast pass-catchers that can be game-breakers for the TCU offense in the future. There is a little rumbling around Manning currently, who surprised folks when he committed to the Frogs back in October. With the hiring of Tom Herman, Texas has made a massive push for the 6’3” play maker, who will visit Austin this weekend after having hosted members of the TCU coaching staff earlier in the week. His is a name to watch as we close in on signing day.
Five other pledges have three star ratings, with a pair athletes in Lakendrick VanZandt and Trestan Ebner, high school teammates, leading the way. Kenedy Snell is another intriguing target at wide receiver, while safety Garret Wallow and defensive end Dennis Collins - two Louisiana prospects rounding out the commitment list.
The Frogs will host a trio of big time targets this weekend, including former Baylor commit Noah Daniels, a top cornerback prospect who rates as a three star but has all the tools to be a star in GP’s system. He will be joined on campus by Mike Hughes, a junior college transfer out of Garden City who is being courted by Auburn and Iowa State as a defensive back. Ardmore defensive tackle Tyreece Lott and Muskogee safety Kamren Curl will also be in Fort Worth for their official visits on December 9th, possessing a host of Big 12 and SEC offers between them.
Another name to watch is Aaron Moffitt, a defensive end out of Louisiana who is currently pledged to LSU. He will also be on campus this weekend, fresh off a visit from Coaches Sharp and Glasgow, who made strong impressions on the talented QB tormentor.
Great in home visit with @TCUCoachSharp and Coach Glasgow! #CarterBoys17 pic.twitter.com/7MXSMaIG57— Aaron Moffitt (@AaronTMoffitt) December 8, 2016
With only nine verbals to date, the Frogs have room to make moves, despite having a smaller scholarship pool to offer from after large classes the previous few years and a small graduating group off of the 2016 unit.