It was an exceptional day for TCU Football, and the Frogs aren’t done yet.
If the ranking holds or improves, this would be TCU’s highest-rated class, edging the 2016 group that ranked 21st with a school-record 10 four-star signees. The Frogs could sign an additional five to seven players during the traditional signing period in February.
The Frogs' signings include two-sport athlete Bryson Jackson of Humble, Sumner, Wash., linebacker Ben Wilson, Cypress multi-purpose star Taye Barber, Denton Guyer center John Lanz and South Grand Prairie lineman Esteban Avila.
All-state offensive tackle Ian Burnette of Wimberley, Lucas Lovejoy wide receiver Chase Van Wagoner also signed, along with cornerback Hidari Ceasar of Monroe, La., lineman Kris Dike of Van and defensive end Ochaun Mathis of Manor.
Also joining the Frogs were Pro Wells, the fourth-rated tight end in junior college out of Northwest Mississippi Community College, and John Stephens Jr., the son of the late former NFL running back.
The skill talent and speed of this group is off the charts.
1. The Frogs restocked nicely at receiver in the early signing period. They needed to, because five pair of veteran hands will be gone next year and Isaiah Graham transferred. So how does a lineup of KaVontae Turpin, Jalen Reagor, Dylan Thomas and four-star signee Tevailance Hunt sound? Now throw in seniors-to-be Jaelan Austin and Jarrison Stewart and signees Bryson Jackson and Chase Van Wagoner. Has the makings of a deep competition.
2. The prospect I'm most intrigued by is Texarkana Texas High's Tevailance Hunt. Have you seen his tape? It just looks different than everybody else's. Balls don't get past his hands. He's always open. He caught 18 touchdown passes as a senior. Hey, I know. There are great receivers everywhere. Everybody's got a good one. But some guys look and play different. I think this is one.
This is a cool look at TCU from an outsider’s perspective, but one that has a connection to the Frogs’ most famous player.
In 1998, he helped the Horned Frogs to their first bowl win in 41 years, with a victory over USC in the Sun Bowl.
Inside TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium is a corridor that honors the program’s history. LT is pictured in the middle of it and his record-breaking game against UTEP is listed on the stadium timeline.
A few yards away from the stadium in the school’s Hall of Fame building is a wall that includes three dozen ““Distinguished Horned Frogs,” so recognized because they took being a Horned Frog to another level. Here, too, you can read about Tomlinson.
His No. 5 jersey is encased nearby. No Frogs football player will wear it ever again. TCU tucked it away three years ago in a retirement ceremony.
The conference schedule will be tough, but Pebley’s team is playing well.
Amy Okonkwo was cooking off the bench in Fort Worth Wednesday night, dropping a career-high 31 points and grabbing seven rebounds as the TCU women’s basketeball team eased past Hampton, 90-68.
TCU (9-2) came out firing in the first half, shooting 62 percent from the floor and 8-of-12 from beyond the arc. Guard Amber Ramirez continued her offensive rhythm from behind the arc - scoring 18 points on six three-pointers. Freshman Lauren Heard added a season-high 15 points off the bench.
This 9-2 nonconference run is the best the Frogs have seen since 2003.