April 14, 2009

Frogs look to lock down top targets

With the success that the Frogs have had with early recruiting over the last 2 years, more and more prospects are faced with the reality that they better jump on an offer from the Frogs or it might be gone. With only 11 slots left to fill in the 2010 recruiting class, TCU has set their sights on a select few players that they hope will help them continue their climb to the top of the college football world. Here is a breakdown of each player.

Austin Woods

Austin Woods is a 6'5" 290 pound monster of an offensive lineman. The talented center prospect out of Rockwall, TX(Heath H.S.) is being recruited by just about every program in the Southwest. With Blake Schlueter headed to the NFL, the Frogs are in need of a center to step in and take over as the anchor of the line. Woods has visited TCU and given the Frogs high marks but this will be a tough battle. Woods has yet to claim a favorite but early indications are that TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State are teams to watch in his recruitment. Woods is the type of player that you can build an offensive line around and with young lineman, Cameron Fleming already on board, Woods would help solidify a potentially dominant line. I put the Frogs chances at landing Woods at 40%.

Daryl Williams

Daryl Williams, out of Corinth, TX(Lake Dallas H.S.), is another guy that the Frogs would like to get to help solidify the offensive line. If the Frogs were somehow able to get Williams, Woods and Fleming in this class, they would close up shop for the year. This trio would give the Frogs one of the most impressive offensive line hauls in the country. Just like with Woods, there will be competition. Williams has visited and really liked what he saw from TCU but he liked his Missouri visit just as much. Having publicly stated that it's between TCU and Missouri, the Frogs are clearly right in the thick of the race. The question is, can the Frogs sway him to Ft. Worth after his teammate, James Franklin committed to the Tigers last month? Only time will tell but I give the Frogs a 60% chance of landing the talented lineman. The chance to play close to home for a top 10 team in the country could be hard to pass up.

Sam Carter and Jeremy Johnson

These two players represent the top two quarterback targets for the Frogs at this point in the process. Jeremy Johnson, out of Silsbee, is a sleek 6'2" 180 pound athlete that is a threat to score anytime he tucks the ball to run. With a handful of impressive offers, Johnson has options. The Frogs are locked into a battle with West Virginia right now for Johnson's services and recent developments lead many to believe that the Mountaineers may be the frontrunners for the talented signal caller. Sam Carter, out of Katy, TX(Morton Ranch H.S.), will look to get comfortable in his new surroundings after transferring from Houston Sharpstown high school. The 6'1" 205 pound quarterback looks like a natural born leader and after a recent visit to TCU for the Frog's spring game, had high praise for the TCU program. With 6 offers on the table for Carter and more expected to come his way, the Houston native doesn't seem like he's ready to make a decision just yet. One thing is certain however, the Frogs will be right in the middle of any decision that he makes. Either one of these players would be a great fit for what TCU does on the offensive side of the ball and TCU would shut it down for the 2010 class if one of these two were to commit. I think Johnson is leaning towards West Virginia at this point so I give the Frogs a 30% chance of landing him. Carter has many options but when it comes down to it, the Frogs are a perfect fit. I give the Frogs a 65% chance of landing Carter.

Caleb Lavey

Caleb Lavey is a 6'4" 215 pound linebacker out of the talent rich Texas town of Celina. With offers from some of the most prestigious programs throughout the country, the Frogs have their hands full if they want to land this kid. With more than 30 scholarship offers on the table, Lavey has more options than he probably wants to deal with at this point. After visiting TCU on a couple of occasions, the Celina high school product had glowing remarks for the TCU program, the problem is, he had the same glowing remarks for every other school he's visited. That's not abad thing, in fact, it shows that Lavey is taking the process seriously and feels truly blessed to have this opportunity. It looks like a few schools are standing out for Lavey and early indications are that he would like to make his decision before his senior year. A few of the schools that look like they have a legitimate chance at nabbing the talented Texan are Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and TCU. While Lavey has yet to name a group of leaders, these schools seem like the most logical fit. I give the Frogs a 25% chance of landing Lavey at this time. The competition for his signature is fierce and convoluted at this point. This will be a fun race to watch.

Dominique Sanders and Ciante Evans

The Frogs are in need of a shut down corner and have identified these two as their main targets for the class of 2010. Dominique Sanders, out od Ft. Worth, TX(Dunbar H.S.), is 1/3 of the highly coveted "Dunbar Trio". The 6'1" 190 pound athlete would give the Frogs the physical corner that they desire and provide the Frogs with a player to match up with opposing team's bigger receivers. With an impressive list of offers on the table for Sanders, the Frogs are hoping that he deceides to stay close to home to play his college ball. Ciante Evans is a 5'11" 170 pound speed merchant out of Arlington, TX(Seguin H.S.). He is a fast rising prospect that would give the Frogs a true "shut down" corner. With a list of offers that grows by the week, Evans has a chance to be one of the most sought after players in Texas when it's all said and done. After a visit to TCU, Evans played his recruitment close to the vest. He seems to like the Frogs but also seems to be looking at what other schools may extend him an invite. Evans doesn't seem to be in a hurry to make a decision but if he were to choose the Frogs, TCU would shut down recruiting for the corner position. This will be a good one to keep an eye on and I give the Frogs a 40% chance to land Evans.

Other top TCU targets

Aaron Franklin*
Tyler McCray
Aaron Johnson
Tyler Stephenson*
Darius White*
Rashad Favors*

*-seem to be be currently leaning to other programs






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