Another TCU Football player is leaving the program, as redshirt freshman Chase Van Wagoner has entered the transfer portal, according to Jeremy Clark of 247 Sports.
A three star prospect, Van Wagoner signed with TCU out of Lovejoy High School in Lucas, TX over offers from 28 schools, including Arizona, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and others. The 6’1”, 180 pound prospect was lauded for his speed, route running, and ability to get in the end zone - having scored ten touchdowns in each of his last two high school seasons.
One of five wide receivers to sign in 2018 - along with Tevaillance Hunt, John Stephens, Jr, Taye Barber, and Bryson Jackson - he is the second of that group to leave the program. Earlier this year, Jackson also announced his intent to transfer; the two sport star considered playing just baseball for Jim Schlossnagle at TCU, but after suffering an injury that kept him out all year, has elected to explore other options with the intend to play both, elsewhere.
Both Van Wagoner and Jackson redshirted in 2018, and neither saw game action. Van Wagoner was not listed on the post-spring two-deep depth chart, and would have been behind some pretty big names in Jalen Reagor and Mikel Barkley regardless. Stephens, Jr and Hunt are expected to have large roles off of the bench for the Horned Frogs this coming season, and Taye Barber is slated to start in the role vacated by the departed KaVontae Turpin, and has star potential written all over him.
TCU still has ten scholarship wide receivers on the roster, including one true freshman - Blair Conwright out of Lubbock. Rising junior Nijeel Meeking left the program earlier this off-season as well. The Frogs currently have three commits at the position in the class of 2020 - rising freshmen Blake Nowell and Caleb Medford - both three star prospects - and juco three star Danny Gray out of Blinn College.
The road to the 2019 TCU Football season begins a week from today when the conference descends on AT&T Stadium in Arlington for Big 12 Media Days, with fall camp following two weeks behind. the Horned Frogs open their season on August 31, with a 7:00pm kick-off against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.