The Horned Frogs got some good news Friday, when sources confirmed that both Marcel Brooks and Dylan Horton had their waivers approved and will be eligible to compete in the 2020 season.
Brooks, a former 5* recruit who transferred from LSU this summer, is expected to play linebacker for the Frogs, and is likely to start alongside senior Garret Wallow. Standing 6’2” and clocking in at 205 pounds, the superb athlete played in 11 games last season for the national champs, recording eight tackles and 1.5 sacks. Originally from Fort Worth, Brooks attended Marcus High School before signing with the Tigers as the #2 prospect at his position. He is the first player in TCU Football history to wear the #0.
I want thank the @NCAA for approving my waiver to be eligible to play this year ♂️ big blessing— MARCEL BROOKS (@MarcelBrooks_5) September 4, 2020
Horton was a bit of a surprise announcement, but a huge addition to a TCU defense that could be the best in the Big 12. The 6’4”, 244 pound junior is expected to play defensive end for the Frogs, and could help elevate a pass rush that has struggled the last two seasons. Originally from Frisco, Horton signed with New Mexico out of high school, playing in all 12 games as a freshman before seeing his season cut to just five contests in 2019 due to an ankle injury. Prior to getting hurt, he had already amassed 23 tackles and was leading the team with 1.5 sacks.
With these two late additions, the Frogs appear even more stacked on defense; Horton and Ochaun Mathis could bookend senior Corey Bethley and junior Terrell Cooper on the defensive line, with Wallow and Brooks locking down the linebacker position. In the secondary, potential All-Americans Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington should dominate at safety, while Noah Daniels and Trevius Hodges-Tomlinson seemed primed for big years at corner. La’Kendrick Van Zandt, Nook Bradford, and several others are competing to fill the final starting spot.
TCU Football is scheduled to open their 2020 campaign next Friday, September 11th at home against SMU. It will be the 100th edition of The Battle for the Iron Skillet.