Frogs Announce 18 Signings


Dec. 20, 2017

Signing Day Central


TCU head coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs football program have announced the signing of 18 student-athletes.

TCU's 2017 recruiting class, which includes nine four-star signees, is ranked 17th nationally by 247Sports.com.

TCU has now signed 49 four-star recruits in the last 10 classes. The Horned Frogs had just five four-star signees in the previous eight years combined (2001-08). This year's TCU class includes three players in the 247Sports Top 247.

Eleven of the 18 signees are in-state products while a total of six states are represented. Three players are from Louisiana and one each from Florida, Illinois, Mississippi and Washington.

Thirteen signees are on offense, including five linemen, five wide receivers, a quarterback, running back and tight end. TCU's five defensive signees include three defensive backs, a linebacker and defensive end.

TCU signed two junior college transfers in offensive lineman Anthony McKinney (Rockford, Ill.) and tight end Pro Wells (St. Petersburg, Fla.).

McKinney, Wells, quarterback Justin Rogers (Bossier City, La.) and wide receivers Taye Barber (Cypress), Tevailance Hunt (Texarkana) and Bryson Jackson (Humble) will enroll early and take part in spring practice.

The 6-foot-8, 330-pound McKinney, who arrives at TCU via Iowa Western Community College, is Patterson's first signee from the state of Illinois. Linebacker Ben Wilson (Lake Tapps, Wash.) is the second Washington native in as many years to sign with TCU, joining offensive lineman Quazzel White (Tacoma) from the February 2017 class.

Rogers is ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and No. 34 overall player. He is rated as Louisiana's No. 2 player in the state.

Barber was a quarterback and running back at Cypress Springs High School, before being used exclusively at running back his senior year. He's ranked as the No. 8 athlete in Texas and No. 42 in the country.

Hunt is rated the No. 4 wide receiver in the state and No. 23 nationally. He is also the No. 15 overall player in Texas. As a senior, Hunt totaled 69 receptions for 1,243 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Jackson, an ESPN four-star recruit, is a first-team all-state selection. Playing at St. Pius X as a junior, he caught 69 passes for 1,607 yards and 21 touchdowns.

John Stephens Jr. (Logansport, La.) is a wide receiver who also saw action on the defensive line. Rated as the No. 1 athlete in Louisiana and No. 57 in the country, he totaled 1,001 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 64 solo tackles, including 12 for loss, as a senior.

Chase Van Wagoner (Allen), ranked as the No. 24 wide receiver in Texas and No. 104 overall player, caught 57 passes for 942 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

McKinney is the No. 3 JUCO offensive tackle in the nation. He did not play football until his junior year at Harlem High School in Illinois, where he was also a standout wrestler.

TCU signed a pair of top-10 offensive guards in Texas in No. 4 Esteban Avila (Arlington) and No. 6 Ian Burnette (Wimberley), while Kris Dike (Van) is the No. 9 tackle in the state.

John Lanz (Argyle) is the third-ranked center in Texas and No. 15 in the nation. He comes from the same Denton Guyer High School that produced current TCU starting center Patrick Morris.

Fabian Franklin (Hattiesburg, Miss.), the lone running back signee, is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 running back in Mississippi and No. 11 in the nation. 247Sports lists him as the No. 2 overall player in the state.

Wells is ranked as the nation's No. 4 JUCO tight end. He had 19 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Wilson totaled 141 tackles, including 11 for loss, with four interceptions as a senior. He also saw action as a running back, rushing for 1,259 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was rated the No. 5 overall player in Washington.

Ochaun Mathis (Manor) totaled 75 tackles, including 13 for loss, with seven sacks as a senior. He was rated the No. 4 weak side defensive end in Texas and No. 44 nationally.

The defensive backs signees include Hidari Ceasar (Monroe, La.), Trevon Moehrig-Woodard (Spring Branch) and Atanza Vongor (Grand Prairie).

Ceasar is the latest Horned Frog to be part of the pipeline from Monroe, La. He's ranked as the No. 14 safety in Louisiana and No. 56 overall player in the state.

Moehrig-Woodard is ranked as the No. 4 cornerback in Texas and No. 19 in the country. He is also rated the No. 23 overall player in Texas and No. 193 nationally.

Vongor, who chose TCU over the likes of Alabama and Clemson, is the No. 5 safety in Texas and No. 16 nationally. He joins Avila in giving the Horned Frogs two players in this year's class from South Grand Prairie High School.

Esteban Avila (OL, 6-4, 308, Arlington, Texas; South Grand Prairie HS)
Four-star recruit by ESPN ... ranked as the No. 9 offensive guard in Texas and No. 42 in the country ... rated the No. 136 overall player in Texas ... named District 8-6A Co-Offensive Sophomore Most Valuable Player in 2015 ... chose TCU over Kansas State and Utah.

Taye Barber (WR, 5-9, 185, Cypress, Texas; Cypress Springs HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 8 athlete in Texas and No. 42 in the nation ... rated as the No. 76 overall player in Texas ... played both quarterback and running back in high school ... threw for 3,832 yards and 38 touchdowns while adding 832 yards rushing and 10 scores on the ground his sophomore year ... transitioned to a running back as a senior, rushing for 805 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to totaling 10 receptions for 294 yards and a score ... earned second-team all-district honors as a sophomore ... chose TCU over Clemson, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Wisconsin.

Ian Burnette (OL, 6-4, 305, Wimberley, Texas; Wimberley HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 6 offensive guard in Texas and No. 38 in the country ... rated the No. 120 overall player in the state ... helped lead Wimberley to a 13-2 record his senior year ... utilized on the offensive and defensive line in high school ... earned first-team all-district honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016 ... chose TCU over Ole Miss, Missouri and Arizona.

Hidari Ceasar (DB, 5-11, 175, Monroe, La.; Richwood HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 14 safety in Louisiana and No. 105 in the country ... rated the No. 56 overall player in Louisiana ... helped lead Richwood to a 12-4 record his senior year ... chose TCU over Oklahoma State and Southern Miss.

Kris Dike (OL, 6-6, 290, Van, Texas; Van HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... rated as the No. 9 offensive tackle in Texas and No. 94 in the nation ... the No. 144 overall player in the state ... first-team all-district as a junior ... helped lead Van to a 10-2 record his senior year ... selected TCU over Oklahoma State and Colorado.

Fabian Franklin (RB, 5-11, 207, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Hattiesburg HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 1 running back in Mississippi and No. 11 in the country by ESPN ... rated the No. 2 overall player in Mississippi by 247Sports.com and the No. 297 overall recruit ... ranked No. 175 in the ESPN 300 ... helped lead Hattiesburg to a 14-1 record in 2017 ... ran for 725 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 1,123 all-purpose yards his junior year in earning second-team all-state honors ... chose TCU over Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Michigan.

Tevailance Hunt (WR, 6-2, 185, Texarkana, Texas; Texas HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 4 wide receiver in Texas and No. 23 in the country ... rated the No. 15 overall player in the state and No. 161 nationally ... totaled 69 receptions for 1,243 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior ... named first-team District 16-5A ... chose TCU over Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

Bryson Jackson (WR, 6-0, 182, Humble, Texas; Kingwood Park HS)
Four-star recruit by ESPN ... ranked as the No. 13 wide receiver and No. 51 overall player in Texas ... rated as the nation's No. 65 overall wide receiver ... caught 69 passes for 1,607 yards and 21 touchdowns at St. Pius X High School as a junior in 2016 ... first-team all-state his junior year ... chose TCU over Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas A&M.

John Lanz (OL, 6-3, 295, Argyle, Texas; Guyer HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 3 center in Texas and No. 15 in the country ... rated the No. 89 overall player in Texas by ESPN ... first-team all-district as a junior ... chose TCU over Baylor and Texas Tech.

Ochaun Mathis (DE, 6-5, 235, Manor, Texas; Manor HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 4 weak side defensive end in Texas and No. 44 in the nation ... rated as the No. 96 overall player in the state ... recorded 75 total tackles, including 13 for loss, and seven sacks as a senior ... earned first team All-District 6-5A honors his junior year ... chose TCU over Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.

Anthony McKinney (OL, 6-8, 330, Rockford, Ill.; Iowa Western Community College; Harlem HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 3 JUCO offensive tackle in the country and No. 14 overall prospect ... helped lead Iowa Western to an 11-1 record in 2017 ... did not play football until his junior year of high school ... qualified for the Illinois state wrestling tournament and went 29-10 during his senior year at Harlem ... chose TCU over Oklahoma, Georgia, Iowa State and Michigan State.

Trevon Moehrig-Woodard (DB, 6-2, 190, Spring Branch, Texas; Smithson Valley HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 4 cornerback in Texas and No. 19 in the country ... rated the No. 23 overall player in Texas and No. 193 nationally ... recorded 38 tackles and seven interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, as a sophomore ... returned four punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns his junior year ... earned first-team all-district honors as a junior ... chose TCU over Baylor, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Texas A&M.

Justin Rogers (QB, 6-4, 210, Bossier City, La.; Parkway HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 34 overall player in the country ... rated the No. 2 overall player in Louisiana ... No. 36 in the 247Sports Top 247 ... No. 58 in the ESPN 300 ... limited to one game his senior year due to injury ... completed 65.4 percent (159-of-243) of his passes for 2,646 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior ... added 566 yards rushing and nine touchdowns ... helped lead Parkway to an 11-2 record ... named District 1-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2016 ... chose TCU over LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas.

John Stephens Jr. (WR, 6-4, 195, Logansport, La.; Logansport HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 1 athlete in Louisiana and No. 61 in the country ... rated by ESPN as the No. 19 overall player in Louisiana ... saw action as a wide receiver and defensive lineman in high school ... totaled 1,001 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... added 64 solo tackles, including 12 for loss ... helped lead Logansport to a 13-1 record his senior year ... chose TCU over Arizona State and Mississippi State.

Chase Van Wagoner (WR, 6-1, 180, Allen, Texas; Lovejoy HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 24 wide receiver in Texas ... rated the No. 104 overall player in the state ... caught 57 passes for 942 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... a first team All-District selection his junior year ... chose TCU over Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell and Brown.

Atanza Vongor (DB, 6-1, 200, Grand Prairie, Texas; South Grand Prairie HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked by 247 as the No. 16 safety in the nation and No. 191 overall recruit ... also listed by 247 as the No. 5 safety in Texas and No. 22 overall player in the state ... rated by ESPN as the No. 5 safety in Texas and No. 12 in the nation ... ranked No. 149 in the ESPN 300 ... first-team all-district as a junior ... named District 8-6A Defensive Sophomore Most Valuable Player in 2015 ... recorded 67 tackles his sophomore year ... chose TCU over Alabama, Clemson, Baylor, Florida, Michigan, Texas, and Texas A&M.

Pro Wells (TE, 6-4, 235, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Northwest Mississippi CC; Dixie M. Hollins HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 4 JUCO tight end in the nation ... rated the No. 14 overall JUCO player in Florida and No. 59 nationally ... caught 19 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns in 2017 ... helped lead Northwest Mississippi to an 8-3 record ... attended Dixie Hollins High School, where he caught 31 passes for 952 yards and five touchdowns ... played basketball in high school and was named to the Pinellas County Athletic Conference and all-county teams ... chose TCU over Auburn and Rutgers.

Ben Wilson (LB, 6-2, 220, Lake Tapps, Wash.; Sumner HS)
Four-star recruit by 247Sports.com ... ranked as the No. 1 inside linebacker in Washington and No. 18 in the country ... rated the No. 5 overall player in Washington ... an all-state selection by the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times ... a three-time first-team all-league linebacker while also being a two-time all-area first-team selection ... totaled 141 tackles, including 11 for loss, and four interceptions ... also saw action at running back and ran for 1,259 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior ... helped lead Sumner to a 10-3 record his senior year ... also a baseball player at Sumner ... chose TCU over Cal, Utah, Washington and Stanford.

 

 

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