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TCU News: Class of 2020 is heating up!

Gary Patterson and his staff have been hard at work on the recruiting trail.

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Oklahoma QB Eli Williams breaks down top four schools | 247 Sports

The Frogs could be getting some good news on the QB recruiting front this week...

The 247Sports rankings rate Williams as a strong three-star prospect who is ranked No. 17 nationally among 2020 dual-threat quarterbacks, as well as the No. 9 overall recruit regardless of position in the state of Oklahoma for his class.

Williams, who is on an official visit this weekend to TCU, plans to make a commitment decision Monday. In addition to his top four, Williams has also garnered offers from Eastern Michigan at the FBS level, as well as FCS-level William & Mary. TCU has gotten the only two 247Sports Crystal Ball forecasts made to date in Williams’ recruitment.

Williams made an unofficial visit Feb. 17 to TCU, which offered him that day. At that time, he held three FBS offers from North Texas, Eastern Michigan, and TCU. As Williams noted, North Texas was the first team to offer him as the Mean Green extended an offer in late October. Eastern Michigan marked his second FBS offer Feb. 11.

James Sylvester more impressed with TCU following OV | 247 Sports

This is a guy I REALLY want to see in TCU purple.

“Me and Coach Sharp watched film and he was telling me the way they run their defense is perfect for me,” he said. “Everything he was saying he said I could really make it great.”

If Sylvester chooses the Frogs, he will join former Newton teammates Josh Foster and Darwin Barlow, who both signed with the Frogs as part of the 2019 recruiting class. Sylvester says both have talked to him about the chance to play college together.

“They want all of us to play together is what they’ve told me,” he said.

Sylvester has set a decision timeline for later this May with plans to make his decision on his birthday, which is May 24th. However, he told HFB on Sunday that he could be pushing that decision up.

“I may be making it sooner than that,” he said.

Seahawks DE L.J. Collier Welcomes Michael Bennett Comparisons | Football Maven

If Collier produces like Bennett has, that’s a steal for Seattle.

“I think that’s a great comparison [to Bennett] because he can play outside and he can play in,’’ Collier told reporters following Friday’s rookie minicamp session. “He’s a tough hard-nosed guy. He loves to hit people. I like his style of play and his flexibility of going in and out. Obviously I can do that, too. That’s where I see the comparison.’’

At 283 pounds, Collier offers the size to play base five-technique defensive end while also being able to reduce inside to three-tech defensive tackle on passing downs. He acknowledged he didn’t play much inside during his time with the Horned Frogs, but he’s not worried about being able to handle a role similar to the one Bennett thrived in for years.

MATCHUP PREVIEW: TCU | Go Powercats.com

I guess we are at the time of the off-season where we start looking ahead. Wayyyyyyyy ahead.

TCU has reached at least 11 wins in three of the past five years. The Horned Frogs didn’t come close to that win total in finishing at 7-6 in 2018, but head into 2019 with the longest active winning streak in the Big 12 by winning the final three games of the season.

Nothing came easy for the Horned Frogs in 2018. That included a 10-7 overtime victory against California in the Cheeze-It Bowl in which TCU missed a 44-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation before hitting a 27-yard attempt in the extra period.

Nothing came easy for the Horned Frogs in spring practice, either. Gary Patterson called off the spring game due to a lack of healthy players. Patterson said that they were only able to practice with about half of their roster due to injuries, including 2018 team MVP Jalen Reagor.