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Why TCU’s recruiting class could be the best in school history

TCU quarterback signee Justin Rogers is the highest-rated recruit in the Frogs’ 2018 class.
TCU quarterback signee Justin Rogers is the highest-rated recruit in the Frogs’ 2018 class. Jimmy Watson/The Times

Typically in recruiting, a program will really begin to reap the benefits the recruiting cycle following a successful season.

But when you’ve had sustained success like Gary Patterson has in Fort Worth, a steady stream of highly regarded recruits is what’s expected to fill up TCU’s roster every season.

That’s again going to be the case in 2018 with this latest recruiting class.

The Frogs currently have the No. 21 class in the country, per 247Sports.com, which could end up being the highest-rated class in school history. In other words, recruits didn’t pay much attention to the 6-7 record TCU finished with two seasons ago.

With National Signing Day on Wednesday, we caught up with Horned Frog Blitz publisher Jeremy Clark to get the latest on this phenomenal hual by Patterson and his coaching staff.

Enjoy.

How would you sum up this class for TCU?

I think it’s a great class. It’s the highest class on paper right now that Gary Patterson and his staff have signed. Obviously they went out and got the top quarterback in Louisiana in Justin Rogers, who is also the highest-rated recruit TCU has ever signed with Gary as head coach. But they really went and filled the big needs that had to be addressed.

What were those needs?

They had a big need at receiver, went out and got six guys signed up. They have another one that is committed and should sign Wednesday, hopefully. Tevailance Hunt, the kid out of Texarkana, is one of the class steals in my opinion. He was really under-the-radar at the beginning of the season. Now he’s the No. [266] player in the 247Sports rankings. It’s something that the fans of TCU should be really excited about. Sometimes you worry too much about the kids they didn’t get. If you look at this class from top to bottom, on paper, there is no denying this is the top class they’ve signed.

How good can Justin Rogers be and how do you anticipate things unfolding at QB next year?

I think a lot of it depends on how healthy he is. He had a really bad injury at the beginning of his senior year. I know he is still rehabbing that. I know he’s on campus already, which is huge for him because he gets to sit in team and position meetings, and really pick Sonny Cumbie’s brain a little bit. I think he has the potential to be really, really good. He has a huge arm. He really doesn’t like the dual-threat label. He loves to throw the football, really doesn’t like to run it. If you go back and watch his film he can throw from the right hash to the left sideline, put in in the basket from 40-50 yards away. And he really fits that TCU offense. I think these are the types of guys you are going to see TCU continue to recruit. Gary Patterson hates defending those types of guys, but he loves recruiting them.

Outside of Rogers, who on offense are you most excited about?

Hunt. I just love this kid. For his situation back home, he had every reason not to be successful. He doesn’t have the best family life. He had ever reason to not play football. But he had great coaches at Texarkana, who told him how special he could be, and he just dove into it head first. He’s become one of the best players in Texas. He’s a real special kid. He’s one of those kids you can talk to for 30 minutes and not even talk about football. Talent-wise, he’s 6-2, 185, has 4.4 speed, which he ran at a TCU camp. He had a huge season in 2017. He had 69 catches, over 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s going to be a real threat. They lose several senior receivers so he’s going to be a guy they look at right away. Unfortunately, he was going to be an early enrollee but he didn’t get a chance to come in early. Whether he got there in the spring or in June he will have a chance to make an impact, a lot like Jalen Reagor did this year.

What about defensively?

You have to love Ben Wilson out of Washington. For them to go out there and steal one of the state’s best players out of the Huskies back yard was big. He’s a classic linebacker, Clay Matthews type with long, blond hair. He is 6-2, 220 and plays like a maniac. He was the linebacker that they pegged early on as a must-get priority. He has great speed. What impressed me is late in his senior year, his school moved him to running back and this guy started to average 200 yards rushing the ball. It’s always about the athleticism at TCU and that’s one thing Ben Wilson has a lot of. He’s going to be a special player for them.

What classifies as a good day for TCU on Wednesday?

First, you want to get the two guys committed [Derius Davis and Izaih Filikitonga] signed. Davis has started to get more interest from SEC schools. TCU views him as a KaVontae Turpin type. They really wanted to sign during the Early Signing Period but he wanted to hold off a bit. If they get those two guys sign it will be a great class regardless if they add anyone else.

A great day is if they land any of the remaining targets. I think there are about six or seven of them. If they can get two of those guys, maybe an Ardarius Washington, who is committed to LSU, or maybe steal a defensive tackle that would be huge.

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