It was initially expected to be a small class, but with roster attrition, TCU has room to add quality depth in the class of 2017. As they work desperately to hold onto their own stars, they are pursuing several players that have already committed elsewhere.
“This time of the year is crazy because it becomes almost as much keeping a guy as it is finding a guy,” said Jeremy Clark, publisher of HornedFrogBlitz.com on the 247Sports.com network. “January, it’s always other schools coming in late on recruits and you’ve got other recruits who might be taking visits. It could end up easily being a class between 18 and 20. As long as they get to where they have the maximum of 85 scholarships, they’re going to be fine.”
How Mitch is going to give the Frogs an overall grade of D+ while giving C’s to each category is some new math kind of stuff. Regardless, 2016 wasn’t good.
Three times in five seasons of Big 12 play, the Horned Frogs have finished with a losing record in league play. TCU doesn’t feel or look like a losing program, but the troubles of 2016 were symptomatic of issues that have followed Patterson’s team too often since 2012. The enduring takeaway from the past season? TCU possessed far better talent than a 6-7 team. It underachieved. The grade here, lower than the score for any individual area, represents a team that performed worse than the sum of its parts.
Three (hopefully) future Frogs participated in post-season football this month, including QB Shawn Robinson, who is just days away from enrolling.
Jalen Reagor started his New Year off by playing in the Under Armour All-America game.
Reagor, a wide receiver from Waxahachie, tallied five yards during the game.
Armour defeated Highlight, 24-21, in the matchup in Orlando, Fla.
Although Robinson, Manning or Reagor have not signed letters of intent, all are considered hard commits to TCU.
It’s truly a testament to Gary Patterson that TCU can suffer through a sub-par year, enter the off-season with serious questions at important positions, and still be considered a potential top 25 team next year.
Mark Schlabath of ESPN writes that TCU, his No. 19, “might be poised for a big bounce-back next season” thanks to seven returning starters on defense.
And in the Mercury-News, Jon Wilner says don’t count on another “substandard season” from TCU, which he put at No. 20.
The Frogs have been bad away from home in Big 12 play, but they should have a good shot to pick up a rare win against a Texas team that has struggled throughout the early going.
“It’s welcome to the Big 12. It’s kind of what you expect and what we signed up for,” said Dixon, noting that his team must “make the plays down the stretch” that decide close games in a road setting. “You want to play against the best. This is probably going to become the best league in the country this year, with a lot of close games. Certainly, we’re there. I haven’t seen any blowouts.”***
*** editor’s note: until last night.
There are no nights off in Big 12 play this year, and looking ahead could spell trouble for UT against an improved TCU.
This isn’t the same woebegone bunch that Trent Johnson lugged around the last four years. First-year coach Jamie Dixon has breathed new life into the Frogs, a team that’s beaten UNLV, Washington and Oklahoma and gave Kansas all it wanted before losing by six. This is one of those games that Texas normally wins, frankly. The Horns have won 14 straight home games over their Fort Worth counterparts. But this is no ordinary year, and Texas isn’t exactly Texas at the moment.
This is super fun. TCU would not win this game.
Rick Barnes’ bench rival is none other than one of the best named coaches ever: Jim Killingsworth. He coached TCU from 1979 to 1978 and went 130-106 at TCU. His teams were nicknamed the “Killer Frogs.” We reserve the right to change this pick at halftime to Jamie Dixon.