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TCU News: Baseball struggles, Tennis Triumphs, Football recruiting heating up

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TCU’s spring sports are trending in opposite directions.

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Football:

TCU football recruiting: Frogs keep grabbing highly ranked QB prospects | DieHards

The Frogs are still in the mix for a handful of top 2019 talents.

4-star S Jalen Catalon, Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield, Texas) – Uncommitted

Jalen Catalon is one of the best defensive players in the Metroplex and in the state of Texas in the Class of 2019. TCU would love to keep the No. 8 overall safety in the country close to home. However, Texas is currently the favorite to secure his signature.

4-star WR Dylan Wright, West Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas) – Uncommitted

With Garrett Wilson trending toward Ohio State, one of TCU’s next biggest targets at receiver is Dylan Wright. The local prospect has spoken highly of the Frogs, but TCU will have to beat out Texas to land him. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, he is the No. 184 overall player in the country.

4-star LB David Gbenda, Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas) – Uncommitted

Another in-state defensive star is expected to have the Frogs in heavy consideration when he makes his decision. David Gbenda would give TCU a star at linebacker, a position where the Frogs have major needs in this class with the upcoming departures of Ty Summers, Arico Evans and Jawuan Johnson after 2018. Once again, the Longhorns appear to be TCU’s biggest competitor for his commitment.

Predicting the Big 12’s top non-QB players of 2018 | Sports Day

Any of these lists that don’t mention Darius Anderson and Ty Summers are silly.

Grosbard: I’ll take TCU DE Ben Banogu. The ULM transfer was stellar after sitting out the 2016 season, starting 14 games and earning All-Big 12 honors. He’s a dangerous pass rusher, especially with all the other talent around him at TCU. I’d expect him to win Big 12 Defensive POY honors by the end of 2018.

Baseball:

TCU hobbles back to Fort Worth after first sweep by Baylor in 18 years | The Star-Telegram

No excuses. This team isn’t getting the job done.

“There are games we don’t play well, we don’t deserve to win,” said Schlossnagle, who had never been swept by Baylor in a three-game series. “And there are games we play well enough but don’t execute at the right time, or the wrong thing happens at the wrong time. And that’s where we’re at right now. There’s not much else to say about it.”

TCU, which hosts Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday before hosting No. 3 Texas Tech this weekend at Lupton Stadium, needs to find an answer for the void in the lineup left by Baker. It’s not that one person needs to step up and mash a bunch of homers, but the Frogs must find other ways to drive in more runs.

”It’s obviously huge, especially on this team,” Schlossnagle said of losing Baker, who had surgery to repair a broken fibula and ligaments in his left leg on Friday. A shoulder injury that required surgery also cut short Baker’s season a year ago.

”It’s not an excuse. But last year, you had some other bell cows in the lineup that you could plug in there. For this particular team, that’s just a huge loss.”

Tennis:

TCU men’s tennis clinches third consecutive Big 12 title with win over Baylor | The Star-Telegram

“This class, they took our program to another level,” coach David Roditi said after the match. “... They just set a new standard ... couldn’t be more proud.”

With the win, TCU (17-3, 4-0 Big 12) has won each of its last 11 matches, with nine of those victories coming against ranked opponents. The Frogs took down No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 11 Oklahoma State last weekend.