TCU Announces 2017 Signing Class


Feb. 1, 2017

Signing Day Central


TCU head coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs football program have announced the signing of 21 student-athletes.

TCU's 2017 recruiting class includes seven four-star signees: defensive lineman Dennis Collins (West Monroe, La.), offensive lineman Wes Harris (Aledo), wide receiver Omar Manning (Lancaster), wide receiver Jalen Reagor (Waxahachie), quarterback Shawn Robinson (DeSoto), running back Kenedy Snell (Waxahachie) and defensive back La'Kendrick Van Zandt (Henderson).

TCU's recruiting class is ranked 30th nationally in the 247Sports.com composite rankings that include 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. Five Horned Frogs are in the ESPN 300: Reagor (43), Harris (145), Robinson (159), Manning (206) and defensive lineman Corey Bethley (271) from Katy.

TCU has now signed 40 four-star recruits in the last nine classes. The Horned Frogs had just five four-star signees in the previous eight years combined (2001-08). This year's TCU class includes four players in the 247Sports Top 247, seven in the Texas Top 100 and two in the Louisiana Top 50.

Harris and Robinson have already enrolled at TCU and will take part in spring practice.

Eleven of the 21 signees are in-state products with a total of six states represented. Four players are from Louisiana, three from California and one each from Alaska, Florida and Washington.

Patterson signed his first players from Alaska and Washington in defensive lineman Ezra Tu'ua (Anchorage, Alaska), by way of Los Angeles Harbor College, and offensive lineman Quazzel White (Tacoma, Wash.).

TCU signed three junior college transfers in Tu'ua, linebacker Alex Bush (La Habra, Calif.) and tight end Christian Williams (Orange, Calif.).

Twelve signees are on defense, including five linemen and four defensive backs. TCU also inked three offensive linemen and three wide receivers in addition to a linebacker, linebacker/defensive end, linebacker/safety, quarterback, running back and tight end.

Headlining the defensive linemen is Collins, rated as Louisiana's No. 1 defensive end and No. 35 in the country. He was also Louisiana's No. 21 overall recruit. Collins comes from the same West Monroe High School that produced former TCU starting defensive linemen Chucky Hunter, Terrell Lathan and James McFarland.

Bethley has been ranked as high as the No. 5 defensive tackle in Texas. George Ellis III (Miramar, Fla.) is rated by Scout.com as Florida's No. 6 defensive tackle and No. 67 in the country. Tu'ua totaled 54 tackles, including five for loss, in two seasons at L.A. Harbor College. Terrell Cooper (Lindale) posted 74 tackles, including 12 for loss, with five sacks and two forced fumbles his junior year.

Bush, like Tu'ua, is from a Southern California JC. He was ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 1 JUCO linebacker in California and No. 11 in the country after totaling 106 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss, at Cerritos College in 2016.

Ni'Jeel Meeking (Farmerville, La.) comes to TCU as a linebacker/defensive end. He ran for 835 yards and nine touchdowns on an 8.7 per carry mark his senior year. All four of his receptions on the season went for touchdowns.

In addition to Van Zandt, the Horned Frogs' other defensive back signees are Noah Daniels (League City), Kerry Johnson (Houston) and Michael Onyemaobi (Temecula, Calif.) with Garret Wallow (New Orleans, La.) a linebacker/safety.

Van Zandt, 247Sports.com's No. 3 athlete in Texas and No. 40 nationally, rushed for 1,582 yards and 22 touchdowns while adding 54 tackles as a senior. Daniels was a unanimous first-team all-district selection. Johnson earned District 16-6A Most Valuable Player honors his senior year while totaling 109 tackles with three interceptions in his prep career. Onyemaobi is ranked as the No. 4 athlete in California and No. 38 nationally. Wallow recorded 67 stops, including a sack, with an interception and forced fumble his senior year.

Robinson was the Gatorate Texas Player of the Year as he led DeSoto to its first state championship his senior year. He earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors in the title game. Robinson, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, is ranked as the No. 7 quarterback recruit in the country. He threw for 3,416 yards and 28 touchdowns while rushing for 1,439 yards and 19 scores his senior year.

Manning, Reagor and Al'Dontre Davis (Lutcher, La.) will be future targets for Robinson.

Manning, also a U.S. Army All-American, has been ranked as high as No. 24 nationally for wide receiver recruits. A member of the ESPN 300, he totaled 45 receptions for 742 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Reagor is ESPN's No. 6-ranked wide receiver in the nation and at No. 43 in the ESPN 300. As a senior, Reagor had 50 receptions for 967 yards and 14 touchdowns. Davis, rated by ESPN as the No. 26 overall player in Louisiana and part of the ESPN 300, also holds down a No. 2 Scout.com ranking for wide receivers in Louisiana.

Snell, a teammate of Reagor at Waxahachie High School, will arrive at TCU as a running back. Rated a four-star athlete by ESPN, Snell totaled 1,580 yards rushing on a 10.7 per carry average while adding 59 receptions for 1,131 yards (19.2 average) in his prep career.

Harris is ranked as the No. 3 offensive guard in Texas and No. 11 in the nation. He helped lead Aledo to a 16-0 record and 5A championship as a senior, one of three state titles he won with the Bearcats. Playing mostly on the defensive line his senior year, he totaled 105 tackles, including 12 for loss, with 10 sacks in being named the District 6-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Coy McMillon (Abilene) is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com. He was utilized on defense and at tight end. White is ranked as Washington's No. 1 offensive guard and No. 16 overall player.

Williams is the No. 1-ranked JUCO tight end in California and No. 5 nationally. He played at Fullerton College.

2017 TCU Football Signings

Corey Bethley (DL, 6-2, 302, Katy, Texas; Katy HS)
Rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 5 defensive tackle in Texas and No. 35 nationally ... ranked as the state's No. 64 overall recruit ... No. 271 in the ESPN 300 ... three-star recruit ... totaled 62 tackles and 16 sacks his junior year ... recorded 11 1/2 sacks as a sophomore ... played in two state championship games ... chose TCU over Oklahoma, USC, Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

Alex Bush (LB, 6-2, 230, La Habra, Calif.; Cerritos College; La Habra HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 1 JUCO linebacker in California and No. 11 in the nation ... totaled 106 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss, at Cerritos College in 2016 ... forced four fumbles and recovered two ... named All-CIF Southern Section for the Southwest Division his senior year at La Habra High School ... voted the Freeway League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... selected first-team all-area by the Whittier Daily News ... named all-area and all-league ... also garnered all-league recognition as a junior ... led a defense that held seven of 12 opponents to 14 points or less and helped La Habra win the league championship each season ... chose TCU over Bowling Green and Marshall.

Dennis Collins (DL, 6-2, 248, West Monroe, La.; West Monroe HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as Louisiana's No. 1 defensive end and No. 35 in the country ... Louisiana's No. 21 overall recruit ... chose TCU over Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee ... comes from the same West Monroe High School that produced former TCU starting defensive linemen Chucky Hunter, Terrell Lathan and James McFarland.

Terrell Cooper (DL, 6-2, 260, Lindale, Texas; Lindale HS)
Recorded 74 tackles, including 12 for loss, with five sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior ... chose TCU over Memphis and North Texas.

Noah Daniels (DB, 6-0, 195, League City, Texas; Clear Creek HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 10 cornerback in the nation and No. 72 in the country ... the state's No. 101 overall player ... earned unanimous first-team all-district honors as a senior ... second-team all-district as a junior ... chose TCU over Baylor, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Al'Dontre Davis (WR, 6-0, 190, Lutcher, La.; Lutcher HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked by ESPN as the No. 26 overall player in Louisiana ... cracked the ESPN 300 at No. 293 ... rated the state's No. 2 wide receiver by Scout.com ... helped lead Lutcher to a 13-2 record as a senior ... had 65 receptions for 924 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2015 ... totaled 37 catches for 845 yards and nine scores in 2014 ... chose TCU over Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

George Ellis III (DL, 6-2, 290, Miramar, Fla.; American Heritage HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked by Scout.com as the No. 6 defensive tackle in Florida and No. 67 in the nation ... chose TCU over Mississippi State, Rutgers and Southern Miss.

Wes Harris (OL, 6-4, 290, Aledo, Texas; Aledo HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 3 offensive guard in Texas and No. 11 in the country ... rated the No. 28 overall player in Texas and No. 167 nationally ... helped lead Aledo to a 16-0 record and a 5A championship in 2016 ... mostly competed on the defensive line in high school ... recorded 105 tackles, including 12 for loss, and 10 sacks as a senior ... named District 6-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player ... also earned Class 5A honorable-mention all-state honors ... won three state championships at Aledo ... chose TCU over Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

Kerry Johnson (DB, 6-1, 180, Houston, Texas; Westfield HS)
Three-star recruit ... ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 22 safety in Texas ... earned District 16-6A Most Valuable Player honors as a senior ... totaled 109 tackles with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his prep career ... named first-team all-district as a junior.

Omar Manning (WR, 6-2, 214, Lancaster, Texas; Lancaster HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 24 wide receiver in the nation ... included in the ESPN 300 ... rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 6 wide receiver in Texas and No. 26 in the country ... listed by Scout.com as the No. 12 overall player in Texas and No. 78 nationally ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... totaled 45 receptions for 742 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016 ... as a junior, recorded 33 receptions for 671 yards and 12 touchdowns ... contributed to Lancaster having the No. 6-ranked passing offense in the nation with 362.5 yards per game through the air ... chose TCU over Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

oy McMillon (OL, 6-4, 270, Abilene, Texas; Abilene HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 10 tight end in the state ... utilized on defense and at tight end at Abilene ... recorded 68 tackles, including 10 for loss, three sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, a pass breakup, fumble recovery and punt block ... also played short-yardage tight end and caught four passes for 42 yards and three touchdowns ... chose TCU over Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas ... his older brother, Jake, is an offensive lineman at Texas.

Ni'Jeel Meeking (LB/DE, 6-3, 205, Farmerville, La.; Union Parrish HS)
Ranked as the No. 83 prospect in Louisiana ... ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 9 athlete in Louisiana ... ran for 835 yards and nine touchdowns on an 8.7 yards per carry mark his senior year ... all four of his receptions went for touchdowns, averaging 21.8 yards in the process ... also passed for 397 yards and a touchdown ... totaled 51 receptions for 761 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career ... chose TCU over Mississippi State and Louisiana.

Michael Onyemaobi (DB, 6-1, 187, Temecula, Calif.; Chaparral HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 4 athlete in California and No. 38 nationally ... the No. 52 overall prospect in California ... totaled 31 receptions for 512 yards and five touchdowns in his Chaparral career ... added 28 tackles with an interception and seven pass breakups on defense ... had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown his junior year ... chose TCU over Nebraska, Ole Miss and Iowa State.

Jalen Reagor (WR, 5-11, 185, Waxahachie, Texas; Waxahachie HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... rated by ESPN as the No. 6 overall wide receiver recruit in the nation and one of its 10 best players in the state of Texas ... ranked No. 43 in the ESPN 300 ... rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 2 wide receiver in the state and No. 13 in the nation ... also listed by 247Sports.com as the No. 13 overall player in Texas and No. 91 in the country ... totaled 50 receptions for 967 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... also ran for three scores while passing for one ... chose TCU over Alabama, Oklahoma, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon and Texas ... his father, Montae Reagor, played nine seasons in the NFL and was a member of the 2006 Indianapolis Colts who won Super Bowl XLI.

Shawn Robinson (QB, 6-2, 215, DeSoto, Texas; DeSoto HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... named the 2016-17 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year ... selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback recruit in Texas and No. 7 in the nation ... listed by Scout.com as the No. 19 overall player in Texas and No. 116 nationally ... threw for 3,416 yards and 28 touchdowns and ran for 1,439 yards and 19 touchdowns in leading DeSoto to its first state championship in 2016 ... selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player in the title game ... named the District 5-6A Co-Offensive MVP as a junior at Denton Guyer High School ... recorded 79 total touchdowns during his two years there ... named the District 5-6A Overall MVP in 2014 ... garnered AP and Texas Sportswriters Association (TSWA) Class 6A honorable-mention all-state honors as a sophomore ... chose TCU over Alabama, Ohio State, USC, LSU, Michigan, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

Kenedy Snell (RB, 5-8, 170, Waxahachie, Texas; Waxahachie HS)
A four-star athlete by ESPN ... 247Sports.com's No. 20 wide receiver in Texas and No. 89 overall player in the state ... recorded 1,580 yards rushing on a 10.7 per carry average while adding 59 receptions for 1,131 yards (19.2 average) in three seasons at Waxahachie High School ... totaled 16 touchdowns, 11 on the ground and five passing, his final two years ... also ran track and finished second in the Class 5A 100-meter dash with a time of 10.48 seconds ... chose TCU over Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Ezra Tu'ua (DL, 6-2, 315, Anchorage, Alaska; Los Angeles Harbor College; Dimond HS)
Three-star signee ... rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 4 JUCO defensive tackle in California and No. 27 in the nation ... recorded a total of 54 tackles, including five for loss, and 1 1/2 sacks in two years at Los Angeles Harbor College, the same school attended by former TCU quarterback and 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player Bram Kohlhausen ... chose TCU over Ole Miss, Colorado State and New Mexico.

La'Kendrick Van Zandt (DB, 6-1, 200, Henderson, Texas; Henderson HS)
Four-star recruit by Scout.com ... ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 3 athlete in Texas and No. 40 nationally ... also the state's No. 76 overall player ... rushed for 1,582 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior ... totaled 54 tackles his senior year and 51 stops as a sophomore ... recorded one interception and four pass breakups as a junior ... logged three interceptions, one fumble recovery, nine pass breakups, and one defensive touchdown his sophomore year ... chose TCU over Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Garret Wallow (LB/S, 6-2, 215, New Orleans, La.; John Curtis HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 3 safety in Louisiana and No. 37 overall player in the state ... totaled 67 stops, including a sack, with an interception and forced fumble his senior year ... recorded 72 tackles, 61 solo, with six for loss, a sack and five passes defended as a junior ... chose TCU over Arkansas, Michigan, Duke, Nebraska, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

Quazzel White (OL, 6-3, 305, Tacoma, Wash.; Lincoln HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the state of Washington's No. 1 offensive guard and No. 16 overall player ... chose TCU over Washington State and Colorado State.

Christian Williams (TE, 6-4, 230, Orange, Calif.; Fullerton College; Villa Park HS)
The No. 1-ranked JUCO tight end in California and No. 5 nationally by 247Sports.com ... totaled 22 receptions for 392 yards and five touchdowns in 2016 ... recorded 25 catches for 343 yards and six touchdowns as a senior at Villa Park High School ... also utilized at defensive end ... posted 78 tackles, including eight sacks, with three forced fumbles his senior year ... had 22 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and 12 quarterback hurries as a junior ... chose TCU over Fresno State and Illinois.

 

 

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