FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson usually breaks out the term "paper tigers" when discussing his recruiting classes.
That was the case again Wednesday, less than 30 seconds into discussing what may be the best signing day for Patterson and the Horned Frogs. This group could have the coach describing the players much differently in the future.
After four seasons in the Big 12, including a 23-3 record the past two years with a conference title and two bowl victories, TCU is pulling in more top-rated recruits. Among the 22 signees in this year’s class, the school is touting a record 10 four-star recruits, including junior college receivers Ryan Parker and Taj Williams.
Parker, a prep recruit for the Frogs two years ago, and Williams are among six junior college transfers to bolster what overall is still a young team. TCU’s roster for that impressive Alamo Bowl comeback victory over Oregon listed 45 freshmen and only 16 juniors.
Other things to know:
Top 25 Class: Yes
Best in class: Isaiah Graham, WR, Bastrop, Louisiana.
Best of the rest: Isaiah Chambers, DE, MacArthur High, Houston; Ross Blacklock, DT, Missouri City, Texas; Austin Myers, OT, Manvel, Texas; Sewo Olonilua, RB, Kingwood, Texas.
Late addition: Camron Williams, WR, Skyline High, Dallas.
One that got away: Four-star RB Kyle Porter, who ran for 1,938 yards and 36 TDs as a senior at Katy, Texas, chose Texas after considering TCU.
How they’ll fit in: With record-setting receiver Josh Doctson gone after an injury-shortened senior season, the Frogs added four receivers — the most players at any position in the class. Along with Graham and the transfers was Dylan Thomas, from Paschal High just down the street from the TCU campus. Former Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill is the front-runner to replace departed Trevone Boykin after sitting out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. But dual-threat Brennen Wooten from San Angelo, Texas, is the only quarterback signee this spring, and is already on campus as an early enrollee to go through spring practice.