National Signing Day: see who decided on TCU


TCU vs Oregon in the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on January 2, 2016. Photos by Michael Clements.

Thursday Update: This story has been updated to reflect the decisions of recruits who announced where they were going on National Signing Day.

10:30 A.M. Update: Four-star wide receiver Ryan Parker, previously of Tyler Junior College, has committed to play for the Horned Frogs. Parker, the second highest-ranked JUCO receiver in the country behind fellow TCU commit Taj Williams, was originally expected to sign with Oklahoma.

Known for working well with the little he had, Coach Gary Patterson and the Frogs have never boasted a top-25 recruiting class — but that all changed on Wednesday.

According to, TCU has the No. 15 best recruiting class in the nation. Scout’s recruiting site has TCU’s class ranked at No. 12.

The class, known as “#FunkyTown16” on Twitter, currently has 22 commits. Nine have already signed their letter of intent.

Here is a breakdown of the Frogs’ record-breaking recruiting class provided by Rivals:


Brennen Wooten QB San Angelo, TX

Central HS

6’1″ 175 3 stars

Wooten was TCU’s first commit of the 2016 class. He’s the 26th rated pro-style quarterback in the nation. Wooten has great pocket presence and can accurately throw the deep ball. He can scramble when needed, with a 40 time of 4.6.

Running back:

Darius Anderson RB Richmond, TX

George Ranch High School

5’9″ 180 3 stars

Anderson gives TCU yet another quick and shifty back. In his senior year at George Ranch, Anderson ran for over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading them to a state title.

He and Sewo Olonilua should bolster the backfield in the years to come.

Wide Receivers:

Taj Williams WR Council Bluffs, IA

Iowa Western C.C.

6’4″ 190 4 stars


Isaiah Graham WR Bastrop, LA

Bastrop HS

6’1″ 185 3 stars


Camron Williams WR Dallas, TX

Skyline HS

6’3″ 200 3 stars

Since this is possibly their best class ever, the Frogs are reloading well at the wide receiver position, and that doesn’t include LSU transfer John Diarse, who will be eligible this season.

“Isaiah Graham reminds me of Kolby Listenbee,” said Matt Jennings, associate editor for “He’s just a speedster.”

Taj Williams was the big win for the Frogs. He is the No. 1 ranked junior college prospect in the country.

Jeremiah Glenn of 247SPORTS said he is very similar to Josh Doctson in terms of size and hands, but faster — something that should excite Frog fans.

Tight End:

Artayvious Lynn TE New Berlin, NY

Milford Academy

6’6″ 250 3 stars  

 Offensive Line:

Chris Gaynor OL Dodge City, KS

Dodge City C.C.

6’5″ 295 3 stars  
Kellton Hollins OL Zachary, LA

Zachary HS

6’3″ 285 3 stars  
Austin Myers OL Manvel, TX

Manvel HS

6’5″ 290 3 stars   
Lucas Niang OL New Canaan, CT

New Canaan HS

6’5″ 305 3 stars  

TCU took a major step in solidifying their offensive line in the years to come as they successfully recruited a big, mobile group.

Chris Gaynor comes out of Dodge City Community College, the same school Patterson went to before transferring to Kansas State.


Markell Simmons DB Tucson, AZ

Pima C.C.

6’1″ 200 4 stars   
Innis Gaines DB Beaumont, TX

West Brook HS

6’2″ 190 3 stars   
Vernon Scott DB Mansfield, TX

Mansfield Summit

6’2″ 203 2 stars  
Keshawn Somerville DB Pflugerville, TX

Hendrickson HS

5’9″ 169 3 stars  

This secondary is one of the strong points for this formidable class. Almost all of the recruits can play multiple positions.

Jennings said he thinks Vernon Scott is the most underrated player in the class. Scott looks like a perfect fit as a strong safety in Patterson’s defense. With his size at the position, he’ll have a good chance to perform better than his ranking suggests.


Tyree Horton LB Highland, KS

Highland C.C.

6’1″ 225 4 stars  

 Horton is the No. 1 rated junior college outside linebacker. He dropped his commitment to Florida State in September and chose TCU three months later.

Horton explodes to the ball and is known for being a big hitter.

Defensive Line:

Isaiah Chambers DE Houston, TX

Macarthur HS

6’4″ 252 4 stars  
Ross Blacklock DT Missouri City, TX

Elkins HS

6’4″ 315 3 stars
Mat Boesen DE Long Beach, CA

Long Beach C.C.

6’4″ 238 3 stars   
Sci Martin DE New Orleans, LA

McDonogh 35 HS

6’4″ 220 3 stars  
Gary Overshown DE Mesquite, TX

Horn HS

6’5″ 215 3 stars  

Jennings said that Chambers is physically ready to jump right into a starting role in the Big 12.

“Patterson’s defense will want to get after the passer with just four guys,” Jennings said. “Blacklock will help you do that, and Chambers will really help you do that.”

Sci Martin recently visited LSU and Alabama but the Louisiana native said he is sticking with TCU.


Sewo Olonilua ATH Kingwood, TX

Kingwood HS

6’2″ 215 4 stars  
Dylan Thomas ATH Fort Worth, TX

Paschal HS

6’3″ 185 3 stars   

In this group, both players are versatile and have size and strength.

Olonilua played running back and safety in high school, and there was early talk about coming to TCU to play linebacker. But, he told 247SPORTS that coaches will keep him in the backfield.

“I’m going in as a running back and am going to try to earn my spot there,” Olonilua said.

Thomas primarily played quarterback at Paschal High School. Paschal head football coach Matt Miracle said Doug Meacham recruited him as a wide receiver.

“His speed, strength, and knack for making plays will create tough matchups for the opposing defenses,” Miracle said.“TCU fans should be very excited about this young man being part of the TCU family.”

Putting it together

One noticeable thing about this class is the five junior college transfers. Coach Patterson has not gone that route often in the past.

With commitments like WR Taj Williams and LB Tyree Horton, the Frogs picked up some major talent that could impact the team from day one.

The Frogs also had a shot at a few guys who were still undecided.

Tyrie Cleveland, the No. 2 receiver in the nation, was verbally committed to Houston. But Cleveland has taken official visits to TCU, Florida, and Arkansas over the last two weeks, and on Signing Day, he decided to attend Florida.

The Frogs were also after running back Kyle Porter from Katy, Texas. Porter rushed for over 1,900 yards and 36 touchdowns his senior season. Texas wound up landing the recruit.

Brandon Jones was another huge prospect up in the air. The No. 1 rated safety in the nation has received in-home visits from TCU, Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M.

The Nacogdoches native made his announcement on National Signing Day yesterday, and chose to play for Texas.

Jennings said the fact that TCU is in the running for several top-100 recruits on National Signing Day as opposed to just one like the past few years is huge.

“I think it’s indicative of the direction the program is heading,” he said.