TCU Football’s 2021 class is off to a slow start; expected to be a smaller group anyway, the Horned Frogs have just seven verbal commits so far, and none are of the four star or greater variety.
When you look at what the TCU coaching staff has done on the trail over the past several years, that feels surprising — and when you add in the addition of two four and one five star prospects via the transfer portal this offseason, it’s easy to feel a little concerned about the future of the Frogs’ depth chart.
Worth keeping an eye on:— parker (@statsowar) September 16, 2020
TCU currently has no commits in the 2021 Top 247.
5 in 2020, 3 in 2019, 3 in 2018, 2 in 2017. https://t.co/njm4IyUDjh
That being said, if we are to follow Gary Patterson’s advice and take a step back, there’s little reason for actual concern when it comes to recruiting. First, if we look at the current roster, there are only nine seniors on the two-deep, and only five projected starters. Guys like Garret Wallow and Corey Bethley will be tough to replace, and we could see draft eligible studs like Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington elect to go pro at the end of their third season on campus. But the depth of talent, especially on defense, is strong, and it feels like 2021 could be THE year for TCU to get back on track.
Currently committed in the next recruiting style are some players likely to be considered undervalued by the time they make it to the college game; 3* defensive ends Landyn Watson and Chris Murray seem like perfect fits in the 4-2-5, and quarterbacks Alexander Honig and Trent Battle both have a chance to be great. Wide receiver Chase Jackson was being chased by Power Five schools prior to suffering a knee injury early in his senior season of high school ball, and assuming he makes a full recovery, could be an early-impact player. Offensive linemen Noah Bolticoff and Anthony Belton are massive, talented players that will be contributors down the line.
Players to watch in this commitment cycle include WR JJ Henry (with that name, he’s almost fated to be a Frog) out of McKinney North, Argyle OT Jasper Lott, and safety Lyrik Rawls.
As far as intriguing offers in 2022, the Frogs recently made the top eight for quarterback Nicco Marchiol, a four star prospect with an impressive list that includes Florida State, LSU, and USC. Athlete Jarred Kerr, a do-it-all player from Lexington, TX, recently added a TCU offer to his very long list that includes Oklahoma, A&M, and Notre Dame. The Frogs have offered 62 players in the ‘22 cycle but have yet to secure a verbal commitment in the class.