It has been a good week or so on the recruiting trail for Gary Patterson TCU Football, and on Thursday it got even better, when three star defensive end Thomas Armstrong pledged to the Horned Frogs.
Armstrong is the 18th commit in the class of 2019 and the second from Florida, joining Jason Vaughn - who pledged just four days ago. A three star prospect, Armstrong chose the Frogs over Rutgers, but has been a fast riser on the recruiting trail over the last several weeks. At 6’3” and 220 pounds, he may remind people of Ben Banogu when he first made his way to Fort Worth, and with 4.67 speed, he could profile out similarly long term, too.
Out of Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida, Armstrong helped lead his team to a state title as a junior, and is well on his way to repeating in his final season. He visited Fort Worth for the Oklahoma State game Saturday, and was impressed by what he saw at TCU. “I got to walk around and see the football stuff -- all the fields, practice fields, all that stuff. Kind of experience what it’s like to be there on game day. After the game, we went around and hung out with some players, met up with the teammates and stuff. Sunday was mostly just meetings. I met coach (Gary) Patterson and had a nice, long talk with him just about everything about how I fit in their program, what I would be doing, and all kids of stuff similar to that.”
Armstrong was hosted by Garret Wallow, a young player who burst on to the scene a little sooner than expected. Armstrong could take a similar path, with the Frogs losing so much on that side of the ball to graduation - namely first team All-Big 12 members Banogu and LJ Collier. Expected to sign during the early signing period next month, Armstrong is the eighth commit on the defensive side of the ball and part of TCU’s 33rd ranked signing class for 2019 - third best in the conference.
Check out his highlights below and welcome Thomas to the Frog fam!