National Signing Day was a very good day for TCU.
The class, with what TCU called a school-record 10 four-star signees, was ranked No. 17 by 247Sports.com at one point Wednesday and No. 21 in a composite ranking of 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. TCU said its previous best was No. 23 in 2011 following the Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin.
Some of the key signees could have an early impact.
Here's a rundown of some of their top recruits.
DE Isaiah Chambers (Houston) was a late commit who chose TCU over A&M and Baylor. He's regarded as one of the 25 best prospects in Texas.
ATH Sewo Olonilua (Kingwood) is widely regarded as one of the ten best position-neutral athletes in the country. There has been some speculation he will be a safety or linebacker in college.
OT Austin Myers (Manvel) is one of the best offensive tackle prospects in the country, a player who was highly sought-after by Michigan, Texas, Nebraska, Ole Miss and many other prestigious programs.
Ryan Parker was a surprise addition to the class.
Ryan Parker, a four-star wideout from Tyler Junior College, switched from Oklahoma to TCU. Parker, from Keller in the Metroplex, was originally a Horned Frogs recruit. He is the No. 2 JUCO player in the state and the No. 2 JUCO wide receiver in the nation.
TCU did a lot to address the loss of Josh Doctson and Trevone Boykin.
How they'll fit in: With record-setting receiver Josh Doctson gone after an injury-shortened senior season, the Frogs added four receivers -- the most players at any position in the class. Along with Graham and the transfers was Dylan Thomas, from Paschal High just down the street from the TCU campus. Former Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill is the front-runner to replace departed Trevone Boykin after sitting out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. But dual-threat Brennen Wooten from San Angelo, Texas, is the only quarterback signee this spring, and is already on campus as an early enrollee to go through spring practice.
Sewo Olonilua is probably one of the most talked about members of this class, and rightfully so.
The Star of the Class Is … WR/DB Sewo Olonilua, 6-3, 212 – Where do you want to play him? He has the size and the speed to grow into a whale of a safety, but after seeing time at running back, he could move into a killer or a receiver with his quickness and physical skills. His future is in the defensive backfield, and that’s what LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M wanted him for.
Patterson spoke about the difference in recruiting in the Mountain West vs. recruiting in the Big 12.
“I will tell you this: I think that this is the most complete class, for this size. I don’t know, if we were still in the Mountain West, that we could’ve put this kind of class together, with this many bodies like this, to do the things we need to do. And that’s what I said we were gonna have to do when we got into the Big 12. We were gonna have to recruit and keep doing it, and that’s what we’re trying to get accomplished right now -- instead of a 6-2 defensive end, trying to get a 6-4 or 6-5 defensive end. But still, if it’s a 6-2 guy that’s the best player, I’d rather still have the 6-2 guy. ... guys that also want to go school and get a degree, and go to the NFL, or at least have a dream of it.”
TCU's recruiting is stepping up, and hopefully the wins will continue to follow.
TCU has now signed 33 four-star recruits in the last eight classes. The Horned Frogs had just five four-star signees in the previous eight years combined (2001-08). This year’s TCU class includes six players in the 247Sports Top 247 and 10 in the Texas Top 100.