With signing day just around the corner, we're going to be breaking down where Big 12 teams have the biggest positional need on their rosters. Then, ESPN recruiting guru Jeremy Crabtree is going to reveal how those Big 12 teams are addressing that need in recruiting.
We continue this series with the TCU Horned Frogs.
Position of need: Quarterback
Who they’re losing: Trevone Boykin wasn’t just one of the nation’s best quarterbacks, he was a clutch playmaker -- the type of competitor who loves having the ball in his hands with the game on the line. Boykin’s fourth-quarter excellence against Kansas State and Texas Tech were just a couple examples of his tendency to step up in big moments. The senior finished with 3,575 passing yards, 612 rushing yards and 40 combined touchdowns in 11 games during his final season.
Backup Bram Kohlhausen, the star of the Valero Alamo Bowl comeback win over Oregon, is also out the door as a senior who has played his last game. Foster Sawyer returns after seeing limited action as a redshirt freshman, and Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill is the favorite to take Boykin’s spot.
But TCU needs competition at the position and a quarterback of the future. And with the way the Horned Frogs’ offense has exploded in two seasons under co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie, plenty of top quarterbacks should envision TCU as a terrific landing spot. -- Brandon Chatmon
Who they're getting: Quarterbacks are usually the first to commit in a class, and TCU got its 2016 quarterback recruit way back in July 2014. That’s when San Angelo (Texas) Central dual-threat quarterback Brennen Wooten committed to TCU over offers from Boise State, Clemson, Houston, Kentucky and others. Wooten would have been heavily recruited had he remained on the board, but instead he has sort of flown under the national radar because of his early decision.
However, TCU absolutely loved his skill set -- he's a skilled pocket passer with an underappreciated level of athleticism -- and Wooten has become a vocal leader for TCU on the recruiting trail. He’s targeted a number of key offensive line and receiver prospects to join him in Fort Worth, and if he shows this much leadership off the field, Horned Frogs coaches will surely love what he does on the field once he gets to TCU. -- Jeremy Crabtree