Just a few days after losing one of the two players committed in the class of 2020, TCU Football gained an even bigger name when Keontae Jenkins of Virginia Beach, Virginia made his announcement Thursday afternoon, in front of a crowd at his high school.
Jenkins is one of the best players at his position in the country - the 5’10”, 160 defensive star is a top 300 player nationally, a top 20 corner, and the fifth-ranked player out of his home state. He chose TCU from among 23 offers - including Baylor, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Michigan, and Tennessee. Assuming he signs, he will be the third highest-rated player to ink with the Frogs in the last three years.
One of #The757's best is bound for #FunkyTown.@FrankWCoxHS's Keontae Jenkins (@iamkeontae), the No. 5 recruit in Virginia for the Class of 2020 & one of the nation's top CBs, commits to @TCUCoachP & @TCUFootball.#GoFrogs #TCU #TCU2020 @WTKR3https://t.co/bhtsl15OeL pic.twitter.com/UTa0FKHOau— Adam Winkler (@AdamWinkSports) April 25, 2019
Jenkins has everything that Gary Patterson covets in a backfield player - a high football IQ, physicality, and speed to burn. Clocked with legit 4.4 speed, Jenkins won The Opening’s fastest man competition at the New Jersey Regional. According to Jeremy Clark of 247 Sports, part of the reason he chose TCU was the opportunity to play early, something made possible by the impending graduations of Julius Lewis and Jeff Gladney. He also was lured in by Fort Worth and everything the TCU area has to offer. “The reason I committed to TCU is first because when I visited Fort Worth there was a lot of stuff to do with where the college is. Everything is within 30 minutes; there’s a lot of stuff to do,” he said. “Plus, they had a big need at my position. It’s also something new away from home in Virginia at TCU.”
Jenkins commitment may help explain the de-commitment of Jahdae Barron, who opened his recruitment earlier this week. The Frogs now have two commitments in the class of 2020, as Jenkins joins three star WR Dajon Harrison out of Hutto, TX.
Whenever you can get the commitment of a top-rated talent early, it helps with recruiting later. Jenkins is a player that can get other big names in board - and already has a couple in mind. Defensive back Nekhi Meredith, a three star safety, and three star tackle Altrique Barlow, teammates at Bishop Sullivan - also in Virginia Beach, are high on his list of targets.
Here’s hoping he’s as good on the recruiting trail as he is on the field. Check out his highlights below and welcome Keontae to the Frog Fam!