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TCU’s 2018 recruiting class might produce ‘one of best safeties’ in Gary Patterson era

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’s 2018 class might produce one of the best safeties to play under Gary Patterson.

Trevon Moehrig-Woodard is among the newcomers who shined in his first season with the Frogs. Patterson has also spoken highly of defensive players such as end Ochaun Mathis and linebacker Ben Wilson.

Wide receiver Taye Barber had a reception in every game this season, ranking second in catches (30) and third in yards receiving (300).

The two highest-rated players in the class, quarterback Justin Rogers and safety Atanza Vongor, haven’t played this season.

Rogers could see game action in the Cheez-It Bowl, serving as the backup quarterback, but it’s unknown whether he’ll be the same player after sustaining a severe knee injury his senior season in high school.

Vongor, a South Grand Prairie product, sustained a season-ending injury in fall camp.

Overall, though, the early signs indicate the 2018 class will be another solid class for Patterson and the Frogs.

“Overall the class fared well,” said Jeremy Clark, recruiting guru and publisher of Horned Frog Blitz.

“With the new redshirt rule in place it gave a lot of the freshmen a chance to get some valuable college experience. I felt Taye Barber and Trevon Moehrig were the biggest contributors of the class, especially after the loss of KaVontae Turpin and Niko Small.

“Based on this year alone, Frog fans should be excited for what the future holds for both players. I feel Moehrig has big upside and will go down as one of the top safeties to ever play under Gary Patterson.”

Here’s a look at how a few of the more notable players who made early impressions in their first season with TCU –

WR Taye Barber: A 3-star recruit out of Cypress Springs, Barber has had an impressive freshman season. He’s caught a pass in every game and is second on the team in catches (30) and third in receiving yards (300). Barber also has two TDs, including a pivotal TD on a screen play in TCU’s win over Iowa State on Sept. 29.

S Trevon Moehrig-Woodard: Moehrig has played in 10 games this season, registering 14 tackles. He had a tackle for loss in the Oklahoma game, and an interception in the Baylor game.

RB Emari Demercado: A JUCO recruit who saw an increased role as the season went on and injuries stacked up. In TCU’s wins over Baylor and Oklahoma State to finish the season, Demercado had 71 yards rushing on 22 carries.

LT Anthony McKinney: McKinney, a 4-star JUCO recruit, has made eight starts and split snaps early on at left tackle with Austin Myers. He is still transitioning into this role, although has upside given his 6-foot-8, 314-pound frame.

DE Ochaun Mathis: The 3-star recruit out of Manor has played in four games and will redshirt this season. He finished with four tackles, but has made enough of an impression in practice and games that Patterson said he could become another in a long list of great defensive lineman in program history.

WR Tevailance Hunt: A 4-star recruit out of Texarakana Texas, Hunt has seen action in eight games. He’s got four catches for 45 yards.

LB Ben Wilson: A 3-star recruit who played in 11 games, mostly on special teams. He saw more action in the linebacker rotation as the season went on (and injuries stacked up).

WR Derius Davis: A 3-star recruit who flashed potential in the season opener against Southern with two touchdowns, including a 73-yard punt return for TD.

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