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TCU Horned Frogs Tops Among Non-AQ Teams in 2011 Recruiting

Jan 28, 2011 – 9:00 AM
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David Wasson

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In the final push toward National Signing Day 2011 on Wednesday, FanHouse has examined the recruiting efforts of major conferences in twice-weekly notebooks. As always, recruiting is an always-changing landscape -- and there are several high-profile players who remain uncommitted. In the finale of the eight-part series, here is FanHouse's review of the major non-automatic BCS qualifiers.

THE BEST

TCU HORNED FROGS

Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 25

Five- and four-star commitments: 2

The 411: TCU is all set to join the Big East in 2012, leaving the Mountain West in search of a conference that has an automatic berth in the BCS for the league champion. Doing so will be slightly easier with four-star incoming talent like ATH LaDarius Brown (6-2, 190, Waxahachie, Texas, HS) and DT Chuck Hunter (6-1, 294, West Monroe, La., HS) on board.

Grade: A

UTAH UTES

Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 18

Five- and four-star commitments: 2

The 411: Like TCU, Utah is bolting the Mountain West for an automatic qualifier -- though a year earlier, and the Utes might find the new Pac-12 a bit tougher sledding than the Big East. Of course, loading up with four-star commitments like RB Harvey Langi (6-1, 220, South Jordon, Utah, Bingham HS) and DB Keith McBill (6-4, 215, Norwalk, Calif., Cerritos CC) will make the transition earlier.

Grade: A

THE CONTENDERS

BOISE STATE BRONCOS

Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 20

Five- and four-star commitments: 0

The 411: The Broncos are also on the move to a new conference, though switching from the WAC to the Mountain West will continue to keep Boise State on the outside of the BCS party without an automatic invitation. Recruiting is an unfinished puzzle for Boise State, though the commitments of QB Jimmy Laughrea (6-2, 180, Rocklin, Calif., HS) and DT Jeff Worthy (6-4, 275, La Habra, Calif., Whittier Christian HS) are a solid start.

Grade: B+

SMU MUSTANGS

Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 27

Five- and four-star commitments: 1

The 411: SMU is staying put in Conference USA, continuing its renaissance under coach June Jones. DE Davon Moreland (6-3, 225, Los Angeles, Calif., Salesian HS) and OL Dontae Levingston (6-5, 279, Harbor City, Calif., Narbonne HS) are the high spots in the 2011 recruiting class.

Grade: B

REST OF THE PACK

LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS

Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 22

Five- and four-star commitments: 0

The 411: Coach Spike Dykes is going through his first full recruiting class, and just has a spot or two left to fill. The best future Bulldogs are OL Oscar Johnson (6-6, 350, Wesson, Ms., Copiah-Lincoln CC) and WR Quinton Patton (6-0, 195, Coffeyville, Kan., Coffeyville CC).

Grade: B-

WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS


Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 17

Five- and four-star commitments: 0

The 411: The Hilltoppers still have a bit to go before the 2011 recruiting finish line, but already have a strong jump on the rest of the Sun Belt. LB Daerius Washington (6-0, 190, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dillard HS) and WR Boe Brand (6-0, 155, Bradenton, Fla., Southeast HS) are two steals from the Sunshine State.

Grade: C

TOLEDO ROCKETS

Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 16

Five- and four-star commitments: 0

The 411: Toledo also has room left to fill its 2011 recruiting class, though the Rockets have a good jump on the rest of the Mid-American Conference. WR Alonzo Russell (6-4, 188, New Berlin, N.Y., Milford Academy) and WR Justin Olack (6-3, 195, Massillon, Ohio, Washington HS) are big future passing targets.

Grade: C

HAWAII WARRIORS

Total commitments (as of Jan. 27): 12

Five- and four-star commitments: 0

The 411: Hawaii still has several spots to fill in its 2011 recruiting class, which means grading the Warriors a work in progress. RB Will Gregory (6-0, 179, Compton, Calif., Dominguez HS) and LB Brenden Daley (6-4, 255, Ventura, Calif., CC) have Hawaii off to a strong start.

Grade: C-

COMMITMENT TICKER

As National Signing Day is less than a week away, more and more athletes are making their commitments. Since Monday, five four-star athletes are among the 24 public pledges -- which are non-binding and are always subject to change before Wednesday.

Four-star RB Tre Mason (5-9, 185, Lake Worth, Fla., Park Vista HS) committed to Auburn. Four-star RB Bishop Sankey (5-11, 190, Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga Prep School) pledged to Washington. Four-star CB Blake Countess (5-10, 174, Olney, Md., Our Lady Good Counsel HS) and four-star LB Antonio Poole (6-1, 225, Cincinnati, Ohio, Winton Woods HS) are both headed to Michigan. Four-star LB C.J. Johnson (6-2, 240, Philadelphia, Miss., HS) committed to Ole Miss.

S Marquis Jackson (6-0, 190, Fort Worth, Texas, Arlington Heights HS) committed to Kansas, WR Keyarris Garrett (6-5, 185, Daingerfield, Texas, HS) pledged to Tulsa, DT Mo Latu (6-2, 318, Gilbert, Ariz., Perry HS) is headed to Arizona State, WR Justin Olack (6-4, 190, Massillon, Ohio, Washington HS) committed to Toledo, and OG Robert Trudo (6-4, 280, Farrell, Pa., Farrell Area HS/UMS) pledged to Syracuse.

DT Roderick Byers (6-3, 262, Rock Hill, S.C., Northwestern HS) committed to Oregon, DE Devaunte Sigler (6-3, 249, Mobile, Ala., B.C. Rain HS) pledged to Auburn, RB Jalen Simmons (5-8, 194, Charlotte, N.C., West Charlotte HS) is headed to South Carolina State, OT Matt Killian (6-6, 275, Saint Charles, Mo., Francis Howell HS) committed to Northern Illinois, and CB Floyd Raven (6-2, 180, Reserve, La., East Saint John HS) is going to Ole Miss.

WR Kyle Coleman (6-2, 205, Pine Bluff, Ark., Watson Chapel HS) will go to Arkansas State, CB Kenneth Lynn (5-11, 160, Dallas, Texas, Justin F. Kimball HS) committed to Iowa State, DT James Castleman (6-4, 280, Amarillo, Texas, HS) pledged to Oklahoma State, QB Russell Bellomy (6-3, 185, Arlington, Texas, Martin HS) committed to Michigan, and WR Rashawn Scott (6-2, 198, Melbourne, Fla., Melbourne Central Catholic HS) pledged to Miami (Fla.).

DE Arrington Jenkins (6-3, 217, Miami, Fla., Coral Park HS) committed to Florida State, TE Benson Browne (6-6, 240, Cincinnati, Ohio, Walnut Hills HS) pledged to North Carolina State, LB Troy Gray (6-1, 215, Kennesaw, Ga., North Cobb HS) will play at Central Florida and OT Larry Mazyck (6-7, 320, Fork Union, Va., Fork Union Military Academy) is set to attend Vanderbilt.
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