Is 2020... THE... year?
Strong defensive return
The Horned Frogs will have several key players returning on a defensive unit that is set up for future success.
While senior linebacker Garret Wallow will be missed — and potentially junior safety Trevon Moehrig if he declares for the NFL draft — TCU is set to bring back standouts at several positions including both defensive end spots (sophomore Ochaun Mathis and freshman Khari Coleman), cornerback (sophomores Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson and C.J. Ceasar II) and safety (sophomores Ar’Darius Washington and Nook Bradford).
Starting linebacker Dee Winters is just a sophomore, too. Wallow is the lone senior listed among the starters on TCU’s depth chart.
Chemistry breeds success and the defense has worked as a team in the latter part of the season.
Always thought Wilson had a chance to be really good, but with the emergence of Dee Winters and guys like Marcel Brooks, Wyatt Harris, and Jamoi Hodge waiting in the wings, it makes sense for him to look for more PT elsewhere.
TCU linebacker Ben Wilson has entered the NCAA transfer portal, a source confirmed to 247Sports Monday. The junior from Lake Tapps, Washington, recorded three tackles for the Horned Frogs in 2020 and had a pair of blocked punts after registering 26 total tackles across six games a season ago in 2019.
A former 3-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite Player rankings, Wilson signed with TCU rated as the No. 27 inside linebacker in the nation among the 2018 recruiting cycle. He was additionally ranked the No. 6 overall prospect from the state of Washington within his class.
Wilson’s entry into the portal comes two days after TCU wrapped up its regular season with a home win over Louisiana Tech for a 6-4 finish. The Horned Frogs won five of their final six games following a 1-3 start.
Wilson’s departure opened up a spot. And this kid would be a great fit.
A three-star linebacker, Gipson is currently committed to Washington State. He has been committed to the Cougars since July, choosing them over Arizona, Colorado State, Kansas State, Houston and UTSA among others.
As a junior, Gipson totaled 56 tackles with seven tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble on his way to earning first-team All-District. As a senior he increased his tackle numbers to 68 and had 3.5 tackles for loss. He also recorded an interception.
TCU does not have a linebacker commit for the class and they only offered seven prospects at the position throughout the entire cycle.
The Frogs will lose Garret Wallow after the season ends but they return a solid group at the position including Dee Winters, Wyatt Harris, Jamoi Hodge, Marcel Brooks, Dylan Jordan and Zach Marcheselli. Winters and Harris have multiple game experience during their career.
The Cowboys have struggled at times early in the season, but Cunningham is a legit star.
“I’ve known the kid for a long time. He’s been on campus a bunch,” Dixon said. “I’ve seen him play a bunch. His passing, his maturity, his physicality, his mentality — those have always been evident. He’s certainly got a great feel with great size, all of those things you look for.
“We knew how good he is and how valuable he is.”
Cunningham was named the 2020 Naismith High School Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American last year at Montverde. Before going to Florida, Cunningham was a standout at Arlington Bowie. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds during the 2017-18 season as a sophomore. As a freshman, he averaged 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Volunteers.