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TCU gets two big-time commitments for 2019 recruiting class

TCU players interact with fans during “Meet the Frogs”

TCU athletics held its annual "Meet the Frogs" event on Saturday. Football players and coach Gary Patterson interacted with fans, as well as the volleyball and soccer teams.
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TCU athletics held its annual "Meet the Frogs" event on Saturday. Football players and coach Gary Patterson interacted with fans, as well as the volleyball and soccer teams.

TCU added two big-time talents to its 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday.

JUCO wide receiver Mikel Barkley announced his commitment on Tuesday night, and 247Sports reported earlier in the day that safety Millard Bradford would be coming too.

Barkley gives the Frogs a deep threat, to say the least. At Palomar College in San Marcos, California, this past season, Barkley had nine touchdowns in nine games played.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder scored on touchdowns of lengths of 77, 62, 54 and 44 yards. The hope is for Barkley to develop into a big-play threat from the slot with the losses of KaVontae Turpin and Jarrison Stewart.

Barkley could also be looked at as a return option.

Bradford, meanwhile, played at San Antonio O’Connor and was ranked as the No. 84 safety in the nation last season. He was on the Frogs’ radar, but ended up going to Fork Union [Virginia] Military Academy.

TCU has a need at safety with the pending departures of Niko Small, Ridwan Issashaku and Markell Simmons.

With Barkley and Bradford committing, TCU now has 19 commits in its 2019 class (excluding defensive end Adam Plant Jr.). It is ranked as the 32nd class in the nation, according to 247Sports.

The early signing period is Dec. 19, and the regular signing period is Feb. 6.

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