Sonny Cumbie and TCU went north to target one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, and Sunday night Council Bluffs, IA native Max Duggan made that work pay off, committing to the Frogs as the eighth member of #CarterBoys19.
Duggan is a top-300 player in the country, and rated the #3 dual-threat QB in the class of 2019. Standing 6’2” and weighing in at 190 pounds, Duggan led his Lewis Central team to the Class 4-A Quarterfinals, but wasn’t able to finish the game after suffering a broken fibula and ligament tears in his ankle. A four-sport athlete, Duggan missed the basketball and track seasons recovering, but is expected to play baseball this summer and be at full strength for his senior football season in the fall. He plans to be a January-enrollee at TCU, where he will join a stacked QB room in 2019 that will have likely 2018 starter Shawn Robinson, highly-touted true freshman Justin Rogers, and intriguing transfer Michael Collins.
With 24 offers on the table, including Ohio State, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Penn State, Max is one of the most coveted signal callers in the country. But the attention doesn’t seem to have gone to his head, and being the son of a football coach has certainly helped keep him humble and hard-working, as he told Omaha.com last December:
“They keep telling me, ‘You’ve got to work. You’ve got to prove yourself,’ ” he said. “It’s a huge honor to have those coaches believe in me. I’m thankful for them, but I’ve got to keep working on my craft.”
As far as what made the QB choose TCU, it seems that the #FrogFam was a big deciding factor.
“I really look at football-wise, offensive philosophy,” he said. “Will my skill set fit in with theirs? Another thing I look at is the people I’ll be surrounded with. The coaching staff, will I get along with them? Will they get along with me? Will we be a good mesh together?”
He also seems to be of the ilk that will make his decision one time, and one time only.
“I really don’t want to have to go through decommitting,” he said. “I really don’t want to get put into something I don’t want to and then have to put that coaching staff in a tough place.”
Duggan runs a 4.76 40 and has a 33.5” vertical, both numbers that would have led the NFL Combine QB class this past February. In two years as a varsity starter for Lewis Central, Duggan has completed 56.3% of his pass attempts while throwing for 3,040 yards, 27 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He also led his team in rushing as a junior with 592 yards and 14 scores.
Duggan is the fourth commit on the offensive side of the ball in the class of 2019 for TCU, but the first position player. Dee Winters does currently project out at WR, but could be a candidate for a position switch once he gets to Fort Worth, and is currently listed as an athlete. He joins tackles Justin Osborne and Marcus Williams as well as guard Brannon Brown. He is the first four star commit of the group, but likely not the last, as the Frogs are in the mix for several top prospects. With Duggan’s commitment, the Frogs now hold the #3 ranked class in the Big 12 and #18 overall.
Check out Max’s highlights below, and welcome the talented QB to the Frog Fam!