In this week's Take Two, we weigh in on the most intriguing junior college signees in the Big 12 now that their signing day has come and gone.
Take 1: Brandon Chatmon -- Texas Tech WR Derrick Willies
First off, I understand this is like saying I think Steph Curry is going to be an NBA All-Star. But just because the truth is easy doesn’t mean it is not the truth.
Everything is set up perfectly for Willies to become a star in the Big 12 in 2016. Many fans of the conference may not know the name now but they will at this time in 2016.
Willies has all the physical tools to excel, as a 6-foot-4, 210 pound receiver who moves like a gazelle. He’ll have one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, Patrick Mahomes, throwing the ball his way. And he should have plenty of opportunities with Jakeem Grant, Mahomes’ top target this season, playing his final game in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.
The No. 3 player in the ESPN JC50, Willies turned down Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Cal, Missouri and others to sign with Kliff Kingsbury’s squad. It will prove to be the right choice in 2016.
Even though Willies was the easy and clear choice, I’d also tab TCU linebacker commit Tyree Horton to become a household name. He’s aggressive, physical and explosive, making him a perfect fit for Gary Patterson’s defense.
Take 2: Max Olson -- TCU WR Taj Williams
I’m definitely a fan of Willies and Horton, but I think Williams has an opportunity to be right up there with the league's top newcomer of the year candidates.
And that’s usually what this comes down to with juco tranfers -- opportunity. Playing time plus talent. I like the combination Williams is going to have at TCU. In his two seasons at Iowa Western C.C., ESPN's No. 4 rated juco wideout caught 128 passes for 1,597 yards and 20 touchdowns. That rising program does a nice job of preparing guys for the Power 5 level of ball -- remember Kansas State’s Jake Waters? -- and the program Williams is joining will need him.
With Josh Doctson, Kolby Listenbee and Ja’Juan Story on their way out, the Horned Frogs will need reinforcements for next season. Williams, who brings nice size and athleticism at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, should pair nicely with Emanuel Porter at outside receiver. TCU is loaded with options at inside receiver but doesn't have too many guys like Williams.
Whether it’s Kenny Hill or someone else at quarterback next year, I think they’re going to like throwing to Williams.
One more receiver I’m intruging by: Oklahoma commit Ryan Parker. I’m more concerned by his situation -- he wasn’t able to enroll early and thus wouldn’t show up until the summer -- but the former TCU signee is joining an OU receiver corps that is losing Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal.