College Football Recruiting: TCU Horned Frogs Quietly Have Top-10 Recruiting Class

By Evan Williamson
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After dominating in the Mountain West Conference for the past decade under head coach Gary Patterson, the TCU Horned Frogs have not quite had the same amount of success since their move to the Big 12 in 2012.

Last season, the Horned Frogs finished 4-8, which was their first losing season since 2004 and worst record since winning just four games back in 1996. With back-to-back down seasons, it would be tough for TCU to be able to recruit well, but they are off to a fast start when it comes to the 2015 class, and they hope to keep up the momentum over the next 11 months.

Currently, the Horned Frogs have the no. 9 overall recruiting class in the nation and second-best in the Big 12 with seven verbal commitments. It is imperative for TCU to get off to a solid start in recruiting this year after finishing just 39th in the nation and ninth in the Big 12 for their 2014 class, which also only featured one four-star recruit.

TCU has verbal commitments from various positions on both sides of the ball, with four on defense and three on offense. Six out of the seven players currently committed hail from Texas, which is a great sign for the Horned Frogs to know that they are keeping talent at home.

Cornerback P.J. Mbanasor is the headliner in the class as the Texas native is currently the lone four-star recruit pledged to the Horned Frogs. Weak side defensive end Breylin Mitchell and athlete Tony James are also nice in-state targets that TCU was able to pick up back in the summer and fall of 2013.

One of the best recruits that will have an impact is the only out-of-state prospect in offensive lineman Cody Ford. Ford is a three-star prospect and stands at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds. For TCU to be competitive in the Big 12, they must add size and athleticism to their offensive and defensive fronts, which is where games are really won.

The Horned Frogs have not had the transition to the Big 12 that they had hoped for, but with Texas being down and experiencing coaching changes and Texas A&M stretching its recruiting boundaries more east, the Horned Frogs have a great opportunity to steal some players within the talent-rich state of Texas and keep them at home in 2015.

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