Jenkins could definitely get snaps as a true freshman, with both Gladney and Lewis graduating.
He then started researching the program, learning the ins and outs as best he could about Gary Patterson’s signature 4-2-5 defense. Once he dove in, he became hooked.
Jenkins, even though he grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, about 1,400 miles away from Fort Worth, knew TCU would be his top choice to play at the next level.
The marriage will come to fruition on Wednesday when Jenkins signs his national letter of intent.
“I’m rock solid,” said Jenkins, who had a standout career at Cox High in Virginia Beach.
“I can’t wait to sign.”
The Frogs would love to add an experienced linebacker to their 2020 class.
It was the fifth and final visit for Hodge, who committed to Nebraska after an official visit last month but one week later de-committed from the Huskers. He landed an offer from the Cardinals not long after he announced his de-commitment.
Hodge has made official visits to Nebraska, SMU, Arizona, and TCU. He was on TCU’s campus earlier this week for a midweek visit before heading to U of L.
He is rated as the No. 77 overall JUCO player in the nation and rated as the No. 4 outside linebacker in the junior-college ranks.
A native of South Carolina, Hodge was committed to Nebraska until he said Cornhusker coaches decided to drop his scholarship offer.
The Frogs got Johnston, and Clark could come as well.
If the Frogs add Johnston and Clark: The class would see a meteoric rise in the rankings, jumping their team score from 185.70 to 208.96. The score would push them into the top 25 around the 24-25 range.
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“We’re trying to find ways to recognize that,” Dixon said. “Kevin’s been unbelievable as far as a big guy getting deflections and getting hands on balls. He’s just done a terrific job. It’s amazing. He does some unbelievably good things for a guy his size and that’s one of them. He’s really active on drives and obviously blocks some shots too.
“He really covers a lot of space and covers up for our guys. I was telling our guys during the game, there’s going to be times where you need to be there for him. We saw that maybe more so in the last game [against USC], and a couple other opponents that we’ve played, but he always seems to be the guy they’re relying on. I don’t want them to take it for granted.”
‘The Deflector’ chain is only one honor that Dixon and his staff award players following victories. There’s also accolades for the player who takes the most charges. And, after the assistants break down the game, one player is named the “Big Tough Frogman.”
Don’t sleep on Pebley’s program. They’re good.
“I loved our fourth-quarter grit and toughness,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “We just kept staying at it and didn’t get defeated.”
The Horned Frogs (8-1) trailed by nine going into the final quarter but closed the game on a 15-3 run to extend their nonconference home winning streak to 23 consecutive games dating to November 2017. Since 2014, TCU is now 50-4 in nonconference home games.
TCU was coming off of its first loss of the season Wednesday at No. 11 Texas A&M, 70-68, in which its defense let down the Horned Frogs over the final two possessions.
But this time around, TCU’s defense was the difference.
The Horned Frogs trailed by five with 6:06 to play but held Ohio scoreless for the next 4:37 during a 9-0 run to take the lead. At one point, TCU had three players on the floor at once with all-out effort during a defensive possession that led to a turnover.
“I thought we really locked in,” TCU senior guard Kianna Ray said. “The game at A&M, a lot of our locker room talk this week is we can’t get that game back but we can make the rest of our opponents feel it and let that hurt at the end of that game fuel us to know how to adjust for end-game moments and push through down the stretch.