TCU Football Announces 24 Signings
Feb. 5, 2014Signing Day Central
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs football program have announced the signing of 24 student-athletes.
TCU's 2014 recruiting class includes a school record five four-star signees: offensive lineman Ty Barrett (Dallas), tailback Shaun Nixon(Austin), quarterback Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth) and wide receivers Corey McBride (Geismar, La.) and Emanuel Porter (Dallas). TCU has now signed 19 four-star recruits in the last six classes. The Horned Frogs had just five four-star signees in the previous eight years combined (2001-08).
TCU's quarterback class of Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein (Decatur) is ranked second nationally by Scout.com. The Horned Frogs inked nine players in Scout.com's Texas Top 100.
Seventeen of the 24 signees are in-state products, including 10 from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Twelve of the signees are on offense with 11 on defense and one designated athlete. Defensive back was the most common position with six players. The offensive line had five additions, followed by four wide receivers, three defensive linemen, two linebackers, two quarterbacks, a running back and athlete. Six states are represented in this year's recruiting class. There are also three sets of high school teammates in McBride and athlete Torrance Mosley from Geismar (La.) Dutchtown, cornerback Nike Foster and wide receiver Ryan Parker from Keller Fossil Ridge and cornerback Nick Orr and wide receiver Desmon White of DeSoto.
In December, TCU signed Tyler Junior College transfers Frank Kee (Mansfield) and Kenny Iloka (Sugar Land). Both have already enrolled at TCU and will take part in spring practice.
Iloka, ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 junior college safety, is the younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals' starting safety George Iloka. Kee has been ranked third in the country among junior college offensive guards.
TCU signed a third junior college transfer in cornerback Corry Omeally, an All-American at Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College. The Miami, Fla., native totaled seven interceptions and 18 pass breakups the last two seasons.
Barrett is ranked 22nd nationally at offensive guard. He did not allow a sack as a senior. Other offensive line newcomers are Trey Elliott(Dallas), Ryan Griswold (Pearland) and Austin Schlottman (Brenham).
Schlottman was ranked fifth in Texas and 35th in the country for offensive tackles by Scout.com. Like Barrett, he did not allow a sack his senior year. Griswold was rated No. 97 nationally for offensive tackles, while Elliott was a first-team All-District 9-5A selection.
Sawyer and Muehlstein are both ranked in the top four in Texas at their position. Sawyer, who chose TCU over Alabama, is rated No. 13 nationally among quarterbacks. He was the 2013 Star-Telegram Player of the Year after completing 65.6 percent of his passes with 48 touchdowns and two interceptions. Muehlstein is ranked No. 31 nationally for signal callers. He was the District 9-3A Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Nixon is ranked by ESPN.com as the nation's No. 18 running back and No. 24 overall player in Texas. Scout.com has him as the No. 2 running back in Texas and No. 21 in the country.
McBride, Parker, Porter and White are TCU's quartet of wide receiver signees.
McBride, who has been clocked as fast as 4.3, was ranked by ESPN.com as the 49th-best receiver nationally. Parker, named to the Star-Telegram's Super Team, was the District 4-5A Most Valuable Player as a senior. He totaled 73 receptions for 1,200 yards and 21 touchdowns. Parker also excelled on special teams, averaging 37.3 yards on kickoff returns while returning four punts for scores.
Porter is listed by Scout.com as the No. 9 wide receiver in Texas and No. 54 in the country. He did not play football until his junior year and chose TCU over Texas and LSU.
As a dual-threat quarterback, White totaled over 4,000 yards of total offense with 43 touchdowns this season. He was the Associated Press Texas 5A Player of the Year, the District 7-5A Most Valuable Player and an honorable-mention Parade All-American.
Mosley was the No. 6 cornerback in Louisiana and the No. 40 player in the Scout.com Louisiana Top 40.
Tackles Chris Bradley (Shreveport, La.) and L.J. Collier (Munday) and end Casey McDermott Vai (Raytown, Mo.) are TCU's three defensive line signees.
Bradley, ranked fourth among defensive ends in Louisiana, totaled 15 sacks as a senior. Collier is the No. 11 defensive end in Texas. McDermott Vai, the fourth-rated defensive end in Missouri, recorded 32 sacks over his final two years.
Vinny Ascolese (North Bergen, N.J.) and Ty Summers (San Antonio) are the linebacker additions. Ascolese was a Parade All-American at North Bergen, where he totaled over 300 tackles and 22 sacks in his high school career. Summers was a dual-threat quarterback at Reagan High School. He passed for 2,001 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 1,773 yards and 31 scores.
In addition to Foster, Iloka, Omeally and Orr, TCU's other defensive back signees are cornerback Ridwan Issahaku (Norcross, Ga.) and safetyTravin Howard (Longview).
Foster is ranked as the No. 9 cornerback in Texas and No. 38 in the nation by Scout.com. He is also the No. 71 overall prospect in the Scout.com Texas Top 100.
Orr is ranked No. 12 in Texas and 55th nationally for cornerbacks by Scout.com. Issahaku earned first-team Region 7-6A honors as a senior in his first season as a cornerback. He led Norcross to the 2013 Georgia 6A state championship as he picked off two passes and broke up four more in the title game.
Howard, in the Texas Top 100, totaled eight interceptions and eight pass breakups as a senior.