TCU Football had a huge weekend, bringing in several top class of ‘17 targets for the final official visit slot before National Signing Day. While they continue to wait on the pledge of some of the bigger names out there, they did score with two somewhat under the radar prospects that could pay big dividends down the road.
Two three star seniors, athlete Ni’jeel Meeking out of Louisiana and safety Kerry Johnson out of Houston, both offered their verbal pledge Sunday morning after spending time on campus over the weekend.
#CarterBoys17 pic.twitter.com/Re7oRmhqEg— #LowLifeNi'Jeel (@5boogieWDhoodie) January 29, 2017
Safe to say I'm a frog #CarterBoys17 pic.twitter.com/STDP7dHQEJ— k (@Kerro__) January 29, 2017
Meeking is an interesting player - listed at 6’3” and 202 pounds, he played wide receiver, safety, and corner at Union Parish in Farmerville and could see time on either side of the ball at TCU as well. With exceptional speed (4.47 40) and a frame that could certainly add weight, he could play a myriad of positions for the Frogs in the future.
Though he had only three offers - TCU, Mississippi State, and Louisiana-Lafayette (where he had been committed to since July) there was interest from Georgia, Oklahoma, Auburn, LSU, and Houston as well. A composite 3* prospect, he is a sleeper that has a chance to become another GP diamond in the rough find.
Safety Kerry Johnson also pledged Sunday, filling a big need on the back end for the Frogs and adding another talented defender to a class that has closed strongly in that regard over the past several weeks. Johnson, who is 6’1 and 180 pounds, played his high school ball at Westfield in Houston. The Frogs were his only offer and only visit, so he has certainly flown under the radar throughout the recruiting process. Johnson shows a good knack for the ball and is a hard-hitter for his size, not afraid to stick his nose in the fray.
A likely redshirt candidate, he will benefit from time in the weight room to get stronger, but he certainly has the smarts and toughness to excel in the 4-2-5.
With these two additions, TCU now has 16 total commits, with three enrolled and on-campus. It’s likely the class will finish with 2-3 more signees, and several top targets with the Frogs in their final cut will be announcing Wednesday.