On top of the 23 guys in the recruiting class of 2012, there are three more guys to keep your eye on in the next couple of years of Horned Frog football. One is a greyshirt commit, which means he signed an LOI this morning but won't join the team until January. The other two are preferred walk-ons, who will pay their own way to attend TCU (at least starting out) while playing football:
Josh Carraway: 6'3" 225lb defensive end from Flower Mound Marcus (pictured above)
-Carraway signed to receive a football scholarship from TCU this morning, but he will be grey-shirting...which means that he will defer his enrollment until January and be a true freshmen in the 2013 season. A bit undersized for a defensive linemen, the extra time will allow him to bulk up a little to prepare for the college game. Don't let that 225 fool you, though- this kid can play. Who was the last undersized defensive end to come from the Lewisville-Flower Mound school district to TCU? That'd be Stansley Maponga. And who was the last defensive end as light as Carraway to come to TCU? That'd be Jerry Hughes. Check him out HERE.
Michael Mann: 5'10" 165lb wide receiver from Aledo
-Mann, who will walk on a TCU, just captured his third consecutive state championship with Aledo- so he knows a thing or two about winning football games. In his three years on varsity, Mann caught 143 passes for 2,307 yards and 23 TDs. He follows in the footsteps of guys like Jared Kessler, Ryan Christian, John Koontz and Danny Heiss that have gone the preferred walk-on route to play ball at TCU. Check him out HERE.
Buck Jones: 6'4" 235lb tight end/defensive end from Matthews, North Carolina
-To be honest, I don't know a whole lot about Jones. But any kid that looks like Spike from "Little Giants" that wants to come play football at TCU for free is alright in my book. In his senior year at Weddington High, Jones racked up 101 tackles and 6 sacks. If he ends up as a defensive end, he'll be looking to follow in the footsteps of guys like Ross Forrest, Jon Koontz and Andrew Calovich to earn themselves playing time with the scholarship players. If he goes the tight end route, I think we all are still in awe of how Robert Deck was able to transform himself from a walk-on tight end to starting right tackle on a conference championship team. Check out Buck in action HERE.
There will undoubtedly be scores more walk-ons joining these guys in suiting up for the Frogs next year, but on signing day I figured you'd all like to know a little bit about just a few more guys that will hopefully be wearing a Big 12 championship ring before they earn their degrees at TCU.