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TCU News: Looking ahead to 2019’s stars, back at the best of 2018

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Also, the Frogs are losing a big man from their basketball team.

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Football:

TCU commit Darwin Barlow just won Offensive MVP at state. Is he still solid with Frogs? | The Star-Telegram

The Newton trio won state once again. Barlow is expected to sign in February.

“[Other schools] have been texting me, but I’m still solid with TCU,” Barlow said after leading Newton to consecutive Class 3A Division II state championships on Thursday at AT&T Stadium.

Arkansas, Minnesota and Oklahoma State are among the programs that have offered Barlow, according to 247Sports. But he appears set to honor his commitment to TCU.

TCU Early Signing Period Awards | 247 Sports

Getting, and keeping, Karter will go down as one of Fitch’s best ever signees.

Johnson was targeted early on by TCU defensive tackles coach Zarnell Fitch. At 6-foot-3, 303-pounds, Johnson is extremely athletic and moves unlike your normal defensive tackle. He’s athletic enough to play tight end on offense as well and he hauled in some passes on the year. Johnson is also a baseball player as a pitcher and first basemen. Johnson is the No. 34 rated defensive tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Recruiting report card: WR Taye Barber made an immediate impact, but vitals also look good for the rest of TCU’s 2018 class | Sports Day

Trevon really saved the TCU secondary this year.

Most surprising player

Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, CB: Lots of newcomers made surprise impacts for the Horned Frogs in 2018, but perhaps none more than Moehrig-Woodard. The 3-star prospect -- rated the No. 47 cornerback nationally among the class - earned rave reviews from Patterson in fall camp before posting 14 total tackles and an interception in 10 games played this fall. He certainly hasn’t reached his ceiling, but showed promise for a true freshman and should be a consistent piece of TCU’s defense moving forward.

Basketball:

TCU big man decides to transfer as Frogs head to Hawaii | The Star-Telegram

McWilliam hasn’t contributed as expected due to a concussion, but he was expected to be a crucial contributor in the rotation this season. It’s certainly a blow to Jamie Dixon.