TCU off to hot start in 2019 recruiting cycle

Aledo linebacker Wyatt Harris tackles Denton quarterback Colt Atkinson for a loss at the 1-yard line in Friday's 5A Division I area playoff game at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Aledo linebacker Wyatt Harris tackles Denton quarterback Colt Atkinson for a loss at the 1-yard line in Friday's 5A Division I area playoff game at Northwest ISD Stadium. Special to the Star-Telegram

There's a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail for Gary Patterson's program.

Fresh off signing the program's highest-ever recruiting class, TCU checks in at No. 14 in the 247Sports 2019 Football Recruiting Composite Team Rankings.

Here's a look at where TCU stands in the cycle and what you can expect from the Frogs the rest of the way.


OT Justin Osborne (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy): Osborne is the highest-ranked recruit in the class right now at No. 362 nationally. He picked TCU over offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Missouri, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M. He recently transferred to IMG Academy from Flower Mound Marcus.

CB William Jones (Mansfield Summit): Jones is a three-star prospect that ranks as the No. 69 player in the state. The Frogs offered him on Jan. 5, he visited for a junior day on Jan. 20 and committed to Patterson's program on Jan. 23. Jones recently picked up an offer from Houston.

ATH Dee Winters (Burton, Texas):It's yet to be determined where Winters will end up once he gets to TCU. At 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, Winters could play anywhere from wide receiver, safety or running back. He also has offers from Houston, Northwestern, SMU, Texas Tech and UTSA.

CB Donavann Collins (Cedar Hill): Don't be surprised if Collins starts to move up the rankings once his senior season begins. Currently, Collins is listed as a three-star prospect, No. 717 overall, and No. 87 in the state. He's got good size at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds.

OLB Wyatt Harris (Aledo): Harris is a safety for the Bearcats but will likely transition to linebacker at TCU. He will join his two older brothers at TCU.


"It’s going to be a class that won’t be a full class, but it will be around 20. The big need for this class is corner and defensive back. They’ve always had a huge need for defensive back. But, if you look at it, they’ve already got William Jones, the kid out of Mansfield Summit that I think will keep going up in the rankings. Donovan Collins is a good prospect they got early on out of Cedar Hill, the first commitment of the class. Believe it or not, they want to sign a quarterback again. They’ve offered a few kids. Grant Gunnell, who is committed to A&M is one of their big targets. Two receivers they really like are Garrett Wilson and Dylan Wright. I think everyone has pegged those two as the top receivers on their board. It’s not going to be a big class at receiver for them. They’ll only take two." - Jeremy Clark, publisher of

"It should be an interesting class. They are coming off an 11-3 season and usually you see the fruits of a good season translate into recruiting the next recruiting cycle. I think they’ve got a good start right now." - Clark


QB Grant Gunnell (Houston/St. Pius X): Gunnell is currently committed to Texas A&M but TCU has let it be known that he's a top target. Gunnell is the No. 50 player overall in 2019 and the No. 2-ranked pro-style QB in the class.

DE Colt Ellison (Aledo): A three-star prospect, Ellison already holds offers from TCU, Baylor, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech, among others.

WR Dylan Wright (West Mesquite): One of the top receivers in the country, Wright is a four-star prospect who ranks No. 182 overall, No. 34 WR overall, and No. 22 in the state. Right now, the projections have him as a 75 percent lean to TCU with Oklahoma at 25 percent.

WR Garrett Wilson (Austin/Lake Travis): Everyone in the country wants Wilson, a four-star recruit ranked No. 91 overall. He's currently projected to go to Texa (56 percent) with Ohio State checking in at 44 percent. He already holds 28 offers.

K Caden Davis (Coppell): Davis is committed to Texas A&M but TCU would love to keep him a little bit closer to home.

S Demani Richardson (Waxahachie): A four-star prospect, Richardson has 14 offers from the likes of TCU, Texas, Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and others. He ranks as the No. 6 safety in the country and No. 136 prospect overall. Texas is currently the favorite to land him at 40 percent but TCU has a great history with pulling players from Hachie (Jalen Reagor and Kenedy Snell)

* All rankings are via

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