TCU recruiting: Latest updates on the Horned Frogs’ 2018 class

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The TCU recruiting class for 2018 has 20 commits, headlined by 4-star quarterback Justin Rogers from Bossier City (La.) Parkway.

TCU has just a few spots left in a class that will likely finish with around 25 signees. The Horned Frogs are on pace for their highest-ranked recruiting class ever.

Here’s an early look at where things stand for the 2018 class.

Where the 2018 TCU recruiting class ranks

TCU’s recruiting class is ranked No. 16 in the nation and No. 3 in the Big 12. Five of the Frogs’ commits are 4-star recruits.

Latest news with the 2018 TCU recruiting class

With the early signing period approaching next week, TCU is hosting a slew of high-profile official visitors this weekend. See the full list here.

Rogers headlines the group. It’s his second and final official visit before he signs his letter of intent on Friday, Dec. 22. His other official visit was to LSU on Thanksgiving weekend. He will be joined by fellow blue-chip TCU commits Atanza Vongor and Tevailance Hunt.

Their job will be to lobby the six non-TCU commits who will be on campus. Most notable among that group is 4-star wideout and former Florida commit Ja’Marr Chase. Chase was ready to pick the Frogs at The Opening over the summer, and he’s back on the market after de-committing from the Gators.

The Frogs also grabbed a big commitment this week from 4-star running back Fabian Franklin following the de-commitment of 3-star running back Ta’Zhawn Henry.

TCU recruiting: Offers by the numbers

  • Reported offers: 182
  • 5-star offers: 6
  • 4-star offers: 88
  • Texas recruits offered: 73
  • Louisiana recruits offered: 27
  • Florida recruits offered: 17
  • California recruits offered: 14

2018 TCU commits

  • QB Justin Rogers, 4-star, Parkway (Bossier City, La.)
  • S Atanza Vongor, 4-star, South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas)
  • WR Tevailance Hunt, 4-star, Texas High (Texarkana, Texas)
  • RB Fabian Franklin, 4-star, Hattiesburg (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
  • OT Anthony McKinney, 4-star, Iowa Western C.C via Harlem (Machesney Park, Ill.)
  • CB Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, 3-star, Smithson Valley (Spring Branch, Texas)
  • WR Bryson Jackson, 3-star, Kingwood Park (Humble, Texas)
  • LB Ben Wilson, 3-star, Sumner Senior (Sumner, Wash.)
  • ATH Taye Barber, 3-star, Cy Springs (Cypress, Texas)
  • ATH John Stephens, 3-star, Logansport (La.)
  • DE Ochaun Mathis, 3-star, Manor (Texas)
  • CB Eddie Smith, 3-star, Salmen (Slidell, La.)
  • C John Lanz, 3-star, Guyer (Denton, Texas)
  • TE Pro Wells, 3-star, Northwest Mississippi C.C. (Senatobia, Miss.)
  • WR Chase Van Wagoner, 3-star, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
  • G Esteban Avila, 3-star, South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas)
  • G Ian Burnette, 3-star, Wimberley (Wimberley, Texas)
  • CB Derius Davis, 3-star, West Feliciana (Saint Francisville, La.)
  • OT Kris Dike, 3-star, Van (Van, Texas)
  • S Hidari Ceasar, 3-star, Richwood (Monroe, La.)

TCU recruiting: Top uncommitted targets

5-star WR Terrace Marshall Jr., Parkway (Bossier City, La.)

Rogers’ teammate and the nation’s No. 1 receiver, Terrace Marshall would be TCU’s first 5-star commit ever if he chose the Frogs. TCU wasn’t in his top four schools, but reports indicate the Frogs might not be completely out of the hunt. Rogers and his family have been campaigning for Marshall to pick TCU. LSU is considered the favorite to land him.

4-star DE Jordan Allen, City College of San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif.)

Jordan Allen actually committed to the Frogs earlier this fall before re-opening his recruitment a few weeks later. He now has the Frogs in his top five schools, along with Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan State and Nebraska. TCU needs defensive linemen in this class, and Allen would be an excellent addition.

4-star WR Ja’Marr Chase, Archbishop Rummel (Matairie, La.)

Ja’Marr Chase was expected to commit to TCU at The Opening in July, but an NFL Network snafu caused him to push back his decision. He later committed to Florida but re-opened his recruitment after the firing of Jim McElwain.

3-star RB Garland LaFrance, St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.)

Fabian Franklin gives the Frogs a bigger running back in the 2018 class. Garland LaFrance, listed at 5-foot-9 1/2 and 169 pounds, would give TCU the smaller, shiftier option that it often covets. He de-committed from Texas Tech less than two weeks after receiving an offer from the Frogs.

Unrated OT Willie Allen, Tyler J.C. (Tyler, Texas)

Willie Allen was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school when he committed to LSU. He transferred to Tyler J.C. during the offseason after the Tigers blocked him from transferring to TCU. The Frogs have yet to offer Allen. But if they do, they can sell him on the chance to contribute immediately. TCU will be losing four of its five starting offensive linemen after this season.

TCU recruiting class: Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of how many commits TCU has at each position.

  • QB: 1 (Rogers)
  • RB: 1 (Franklin)
  • WR: 5 (Jackson, Barber, Hunt, Stephens, Van Wagoner)
  • TE: 1 (Wells)
  • OL: 5 (McKinney, Lanz, Avila, Burnette, Dike)
  • DL: 1 (Mathis)
  • LB: 1 (Wilson)
  • CB: 3 (Moehrig-Woodard, Smith, Davis)
  • S: 2 (Vongor, Ceasar)

TCU recruiting class: Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of TCU’s commits by state.

Texas: 11

  • Vongor
  • Jackson
  • Moehrig-Woodard
  • Barber
  • Mathis
  • Hunt
  • Lanz
  • Van Wagoner
  • Avila
  • Wimberley
  • Dyke

Louisiana: 5

  • Rogers
  • Stephens
  • Smith
  • Davis
  • Ceasar

Illinois: 1

  • McKinney

Mississippi: 2

  • Franklin
  • Wells

Washington: 1

  • Wilson

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