FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frog football program have announced the signing of 22 players.
All but three of the newcomers are three star and above recruits. Four-star signee Kyle Hicks from Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, is ranked by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com as the No. 3 running back in Texas and No. 21 in the nation. He rushed for 1,113 yards and totaled 1,571 in offense with 28 touchdowns in just nine games as a senior this season.
TCU has now signed 14 four-star recruits in the last five classes. The Horned Frogs had just five four-star signees in the previous eight years combined (2001-08).
Thirteen signees in this year's class are in the Midlands 150 which covers the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Seventeen of the 22 signees are in-state products, including 11 from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Linebacker Sammy Douglas (Arlington) and cornerback Ranthony Texada (Frisco) were named by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the best in the state in 2012 at their respective positions. Six signees are in the Star-Telegram's Tarrant County Terrific 25.
Twelve of the signees are on offense, nine on defense and one designated as an athlete. Offensive line was the most common position with four players, followed by cornerback, linebacker and wide receiver with three. Five states are represented in this year's recruiting class.
The 22 signees include 20 high school products and junior college transfers Mike Tuaua (Rohnert Park, Calif.) and Lloyd Tunstill (Santa Clarita, Calif.).
Quarterback Zach Allen (Temple), tight end Bryson Burtnett (Springtown) and offensive tackle Eason Fromayan (Alpharetta, Ga.) have already enrolled at TCU and will take part in spring practice.
Allen, the lone quarterback in the class, was the District 8-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player. Burtnett is ranked as the No. 5 tight end in the state and No. 40 in the nation. Fromayan was a first-team Class 6A all-state selection. He is the Horned Frogs' third signee from Georgia in the last two seasons, joining Zach Jackson and Jordan Moore from last year's class.
Joining Hicks at tailback is Trevorris Johnson (Houston), ranked as the No. 7 running back in Texas. He rushed for 2,115 yards as a senior, including a 342-yard game. He's been tabbed by the Houston Chronicle as one of the top-100 recruits in the Houston area.
Jermaine Antoine (Loreauville, La.), Cameron Echols-Luper (Auburn, Ala.) and Ty Slanina (East Bernard) are TCU's newcomers at wide receiver.
Antoine was the "Best All-Around Athlete" at the 2012 U.S. Army National Combine. He was first-team all-state as he rushed for 1,399 yards and 26 touchdowns while adding 538 yards receiving and six scores.
Echols-Luper, the son of TCU wide receivers coach Curtis Luper, has been ranked as the No. 7 wide receiver prospect in Alabama and the 19th-best overall player in the state.
Slanina was a first-team selection on the MaxPreps Small Schools All-America Team. He was the Offensive Most Valuable Player in leading East Bernard to the 2A Division II state championship.
In addition to Fromayan, offensive line signees include Patrick Morris (Denton), Joseph Noteboom (Plano) and Tunstill.
Morris is ranked as the No. 2 center in Texas and No. 8 nationally at the position. He did not allow a sack as a senior. Noteboom was the 12th-rated offensive tackle in the state. Tunstill was an all-conference selection the last two seasons at College of the Canyons.
Local signee Charlie Reid (Fort Worth) from All Saints' Episcopal was a MaxPreps Small Schools All-American. He is rated as the fourth-best tight end prospect in Texas and No. 35 nationally.
Bryson Henderson (Mansfield), from Summit High School, is the 10th-ranked defensive end in the state and 63rd in the country. Also joining the defensive end ranks is Tuaua, who is from the same Santa Rosa Junior College that produced current TCU All-America cornerback Jason Verrett. Tuaua recorded 68 tackles, including 16 1/2 for loss, and eight sacks in the 2012 campaign.
TCU's three signees at linebacker are Douglas, Dac Shaw (Mineola) and Paul Whitmill (Bastrop). They are ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, for outside linebackers in Texas and in the top 40 nationally at their position.
Douglas, a first-team all-state selection and the Star-Telegram Super Team Defensive Player of the Year, totaled 168 tackles in leading Arlington High School to the regional semifinals. Shaw, also an All-District 7-3A selection at running back, ran for 319 yards and five touchdowns in the same game he totaled 12 tackles. Whitmill was also a fullback for Bastrop High School.
TCU signed the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-rated cornerbacks in the state in Texada, Steve Wesley (Arlington) and Cydney Calvin (Frisco), respectively. Texada and Calvin are from Centennial High School.
Texada, the District 9-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player, intercepted two passes to earn MVP honors at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Houston's Reliant Stadium. Texada and Calvin both excelled on special teams. Texada averaged 38 yards on kickoff returns and blocked five field goals as a senior, while Calvin was the school's Special Teams MVP. Texada added three punt returns for touchdowns his junior year.
Wesley was a member of the Star-Telegram's Tarrant County Terrific 25.
George Baltimore (Mansfield), the No. 7 safety in Texas and No. 51 in the nation, returned two of his four interceptions for touchdowns as a senior. He had seven picks, including two for scores, as a junior.
Denzel Johnson (Gainesville) comes to TCU as an athlete. He was the District 9-3A Most Valuable Player after passing for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 1,064 yards and 10 scores.
Where they're coming from:
QB, 6-3, 185, Temple, Texas; Temple HS
Ranked by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com as the No. 12 quarterback in Texas and No. 67 in the nation ... District 8-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player and the Temple Daily Telegram Class 5A/3A Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior ... passed for 2,175 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 941 yards and nine scores despite playing just nine games due to injury ... threw for 1,714 yards and ran for 742 as a junior ... chose TCU over Clemson, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Syracuse.
WR, 5-11, 195, Loreauville, La.; Loreauville HS
The 2012 U.S. Army National Combine Overall Most Valuable Player ... a first-team All-District 6-2A selection ... was also first-team All-Acadiana as a return specialist and first-team Best of the Teche as an athlete.... ran for 691 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior ... added 568 yards and six scores receiving ... had three kickoff returns and two punt returns for touchdowns ... chose TCU over North Texas.
S, 6-0, 205, Mansfield, Texas; Mansfield HS
The No. 7 safety in Texas and No. 51 in the nation by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... No. 116 overall in the Midlands 150 ... selected to the Star-Telegram's Tarrant County Terrific 25 ... honorable mention all-state as a senior ... recorded four interceptions as a senior and returned two for touchdowns ... also picked off seven passes as a junior, two of which were taken back for scores ... selected TCU over Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
The No. 7 cornerback in Texas and No. 78 in the nation by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... ranked No. 120 overall in the Midlands 150 ... named Centennial's Most Improved Player and Special Teams Most Vauable Player his senior year ... had two interceptions for 71 yards as a senior and also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery ... played alongside fellow TCU signee Ranthony Texada in high school ... chose TCU over Oklahoma State and Wake Forest.
Ranked by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com as the No. 3 outside linebacker in Texas and No. 28 in the nation ... No. 80 overall in the Midlands 150 ... named the Star-Telegram Super Team Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Tarrant County Terrific 25 as a senior ... also an Associated Press first-team all-state selection and first-team All-District 4-5A ... totaled 168 tackles in leading Arlington to the regional semifinals ... recorded 148 stops as a junior, including six sacks, four forced fumbles and five recoveries.
WR, 6-0, 190, Auburn, Ala.; Auburn HS
Tabbed the No. 7 wide receiver prospect in Alabama and No. 131 at his position nationally by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... ranked as the 19th-best player overall in Alabama ... his father, Curtis Luper, is TCU's wide receivers coach ... chose the Horned Frogs over Texas A&M, Illinois, Ole Miss and North Carolina.
OT, 6-5, 285, Alpharetta, Ga.; Milton HS
Rated by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com as the No. 11 offensive tackle in Georgia and No. 90 nationally at his position ... a first-team Class 6A all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... named to the Region 5-6A first team as a senior ... honorable-mention all-district and all-region his junior year ... his father, Edwin, was a four-year letterman (1988-91) in basketball at TCU ...picked the Horned Frogs over Cincinnati, South Florida, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
The No. 10 defensive end in Texas and No. 63 nationally by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... ranked No. 127 overall in the Midlands 150 ... selected to the Star-Telegram's Tarrant County Terrific 25 ... recorded 75 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior ... also earned District 7-4A Most Valuable Player honors that season ... chose the Horned Frogs over Baylor, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Colorado and Vanderbilt.
A four-star recruit by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com and Rivals.com ... ranked as the No. 3 running back in Texas and No. 21 in the nation ... the No. 141 overall player nationally by Scout.com ... No. 23 in the Midlands 150 ... named to the Star-Telegram's Tarrant County Terrific 25 ... ranked as the 34th-best recruit in the state ... totaled 1,113 yards on the ground and 458 through the air as a senior ... totaled 28 touchdowns in nine games ... rushed for 1,685 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior ... was a Martin High School teammate of current Horned Frogs Devonte Fields and Jaden Oberkrom ... chose TCU over Texas, Baylor, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Michigan.
Passed for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 1,064 yards and 10 scores as a senior ... started at both quarterback and outside linebacker during his time at Gainesville ... helped lead the school to the Texas Class 3A Division I quarterfinals in 2012 ... chose TCU over UTSA.
TB, 5-11, 205, Houston, Texas; Alief Taylor HS
Rated as the No. 7 running back in Texas and No. 45 nationally by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... No. 71 overall in the Midlands 150 ... named District 18-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior ... tabbed by the Houston Chronicle as one of the top 100 recruits in the Houston area ... rushed for a single game school-record 342 yards en route to earning Houston Boys Athlete of the Week honors ... ran for 744 yards as a junior, averaging 6.5 per carry ... selected TCU over Arkansas, Iowa State, Utah and California.
OL, 6-3, 288, Denton, Texas; Guyer HS
The No. 2 center in Texas and No. 8 nationally at his position by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... No. 69 overall in the Midlands 150 ... an Associated Press Class 4A all-state selection ... was also first-team District 5-4A as a senior ... did not allow a sack ... graded out at 87 percent with 27 knockdown blocks ... chose TCU over Texas Tech, Kansas, Northwestern and Washington State.
Ranked by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com as the No. 12 offensive tackle in Texas and No. 99 nationally ... a first-team District 10-5A selection as a senior ... also made the Associated Press Class 5A honorable mention all-state team ... chose the Horned Frogs over Texas Tech, Iowa State, Wake Forest and Purdue.
TE, 6-4, 225, Fort Worth, Texas; All Saints' Episcopal School
Tabbed the No. 4 tight end in Texas and No. 35 in the nation by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... No. 115 overall in the Midlands 150 ... a member of the 2012 MaxPreps' Small Schools All-American Team ... named to the Star-Telegram's Tarrant County Terrific 25 ... also selected to the Star-Telegram Super Team ... recorded 50 catches for 1,229 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... All Saints' Episcopal entered the 2012 campaign as the No. 1 small private school in the state ... chose TCU over Iowa State, UCLA, Ole Miss, Arizona and Oregon State.
LB, 6-2, 200, Mineola, Texas; Mineola HS
Rated as the No. 4 outside linebacker in Texas and No. 33 in the nation by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... No. 90 overall in the Midlands 150 ... the No. 53 overall prospect in the state by Rivals.com ... a two-time All-District 7-2A selection at running back and linebacker ... named the 3A Player of the Week as a senior when he rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns while also recording 12 tackles in a game ... chose the Horned Frogs over Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
WR, 6-0, 182, East Bernard, Texas; East Bernard HS
The No. 16 wide receiver in the state and No. 58 in the nation by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... No. 74 overall in the Midlands 150 ... a first-team selection on defense to the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American Team ... led East Bernard to the 2A Division II state title as a senior, throwing four touchdown passes and earning Offensive Most Valuable Player honors in the championship game ... earned District 15-2A academic first team and Offensive MVP honors as a junior ... ran for 1,015 yards, threw for 561 and intercepted seven passes as a sophomore ... picked TCU over Texas Tech, Stanford, Arizona and Mississippi State.
Ranked by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com as the No. 5 cornerback in Texas and No. 43 nationally ... No. 84 overall in the Midlands 150 ... an honorable-mention Associated Press all-state selection as a senior ... also named District 9-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player ... averaged 38 yards per kickoff return and blocked five field goals ... intercepted two passes in being named Team Defensive MVP at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Houston's Reliant Stadium ... scored three touchdowns on punt returns while also intercepting five passes and breaking up 11 as a junior ... Selected TCU over Baylor, Iowa State, Illinois and Penn State.
DE, 6-3, 260, Rohnert Park, Calif.; Santa Rosa JC;
Rancho Cotate HS
Recorded 68 tackles, including 16 1/2 for loss, with eight sacks in 2012 ... the North Bay League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Rancho Cotate High School ... was also All-Empire ... totaled 81 tackles in earning all-league honors his junior year ... will have three seasons of eligiblity at TCU.
OL, 6-4, 305, Santa Clarita, Calif.; College of the Canyons; Heritage Christian HS
Played the last two seasons at College of the Canyons ... will have two seasons of eligibility at TCU ... chose the Horned Frogs over Baylor, Auburn, West Virginia and BYU.
Rated as the No. 6 cornerback in Texas and No. 52 in the nation by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... No. 108 overall in the Midlands 150 ... selected to the Star-Telegram's Tarrant County Terrific 25 ... earned first-team All-District 3-5A honors as a senior ... picked TCU over Kansas, Illinois and Wake Forest.
LB, 5-11, 200, Bastrop, Texas; Bastrop HS
The No. 5 outside linebacker in Texas and No. 39 in the nation by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com ... a four star rated recruit by ESPN.com ... ranked No. 123 overall in the Midlands 150 ... first-team District 17-4A selection as a senior ... recorded 95 tackles and three sacks as a sophomore ... chose TCU over Baylor, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Arizona.