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TCU News: Texas Schools Kept Top Talent in Texas in 2018

It was a much better recruiting cycle for the Lone Star State.

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Former Frogs star named cornerbacks coach as TCU football shuffles coaching staff | The Star-Telegram

We reported this last week, but now it’s official. Modkins joins Zarnell Fitch, Jason Phillips, Tony Savino, and newly minted GA Michael Downing as Frogs that played under GP now coaching with him.

Former cornerbacks coach Paul Gonzales moves to safeties and Chad Glasgow moves to linebackers from safeties.

Modkins, who was a second-team all-conference safety and TCU’s Defensive MPV as a senior in 2005, was the team’s defensive analyst the past four seasons.

He served as a graduate assistant at TCU in 2007 and 2008 while earning a master’s degree.

TCU recruiting superlatives: Best Recruit, Future Crowd Favorite, Sleeper Recruit and more! | The Star-Telegram

T Hunt and Ben have fan favorite written all over them.

FUTURE CROWD FAVORITE

You could have gone several different ways with this one, but we’ll take three-star linebacker Ben Wilson. TCU pegged him as a “must-get” guy early on and the Frogs worked their magic to land him all the way from Sumner, Wash. He’s got the long, flowing blond hair that will make him easy to see from afar. Plus he plays with the type of motor you come to expect from Patterson-coached linebackers. It won’t take long before Wilson is the talk of Amon G. Carter Stadium.

In 2017, only 1 of Texas’ top 9 football recruits signed in-state. In 2018, 14 of the top 15 stayed. | SB Nation

Texas is back! - to keeping kids in Texas.

Our Texas blog, Burnt Orange Nation, referred to last season as “the Texodus.”

In 2017, the Texas Longhorns didn’t sign a top 10 high school player from the state for the first time in the history of the Composite rankings, and UT only signed two players in the state’s top 25. Texas A&M, TCU, and Texas Tech each signed two. It was an unprecedented raid on the state’s top talent by outside suitors, most notably Ohio State, Stanford, and LSU.

TCU’s new athletic director touts stadium expansion as bigger than football | The Star-Telegram

ADJD is putting in work early.

“This facility [will be] a touchstone, an engagement point for the TCU community and the Fort Worth community,” he said as artist renderings were displayed. “That’s a big thing going forward, how do we engage our donors? This is a way to invite them back to campus. It will be a multi-use facility that we can use for a lot of different things besides football. We’re running a business here so we have to find creative ways to provide additional resources.”

Donati said sales from the suites, the loge boxes and club will help support TCU athletes beyond just the football team.

“There are 20 other sports, there’s 520 student-athletes. We have to find creative ways as a small school to do that,” he said.