One of the top receivers in the state, Manning has a chance to make an instant impact as a part of a talented wide receiver corp.
You're committed to TCU, so what was special about that school? "For me, it's the kind of people that are there. And Josh Doctson [now with Redskins] came through there a few years ago and he's just like me as far as mind-set."
The Frogs are getting hot at the right time when it comes to recruiting, closing on a top target and making the final cut for several others.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder is rated as the No. 85 defensive tackle in the nation. He is rated as the No. 214 overall player in Florida. Ellis III chose TCU over eleven other offers including Mississippi State and South Florida.
TCU fans aren’t the only ones surprised - not necessarily by the news, but the destination. It’s an absolute coup for David Beatty and the Jayhawks, who get a coach with a championship pedigree to try and get them over the Big 12 hump.
"I am thrilled to be adding someone of the caliber of Doug Meacham to our staff," Kansas coach David Beaty said in a statement. "Doug is someone I have admired for quite some time for his creativity on the offensive side of the ball. I have had to go up against him several times and it was always a huge challenge because of his ability to direct an offense. I am incredibly thankful to have him on our staff moving forward."
Kansas believes that Meach can do what no other coach has done recently - develop a top flight QB in Lawrence.
Meacham added last month: “I think once you look back and kind of reflect and absorb and digest what happened last season, I think it will motivate you, if you want to play this game of football. I know for us as coaches it does. It rejuvenates your mindset toward improving and just getting better in every aspect. It regenerates that.”
Is your favorite TCU basketball player Kenrich Williams? Maybe he should be. He’s definitely mine.
“I had a friend text me after the first game he saw us play,” teammate Alex Robinson said. “He said, ‘I’m going to change Kenrich Williams’ name to Windex Williams — he grabs all the boards, he cleans the glass.’ I was laughing.”
It was 30 years in the making, so Jamie Dixon and the Frogs don’t mind celebrating a win in Austin and a .500 record in conference play for a day or two.
“We were excited, there was no question. I’m not going to hide from that fact,” Dixon said of Wednesday night’s victory, just the second Big 12 road victory all-time for TCU. “I think what was good about it is we were pretty much in the same situation three days prior against West Virginia, on the road, down, tight game, but we fought back, did what we needed to do. Got it done defensively. It wasn’t like we knocked down shots all of a sudden.”