TCU gets top-notch recruits for changing offense

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU is changing its offense and now has some top-notch recruits to help.

The Horned Frogs signed 22 players to national letters of intent Wednesday. That includes a school-record five four-star recruits, all on offense.

Foster Sawyer, a 6-foot-5 standout from All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, is one of the state's top quarterback prospects. The other four-star signees were receivers Corey McBride and Emanuel Porter, offensive lineman Ty Barrett and running back Shaun Nixon, a late addition after initially committing to Texas A&M.

Coach Gary Patterson, who hired new co-offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham in December, said the Frogs are "morphing into an Oklahoma State-Texas Tech style of throwing offense."

Because of that, it was important to get a quarterback, and they got more than one. Decatur's Grayson Muehlstein also signed.

"In a lot of peoples' eyes, we have the second-ranked quarterback class in the country," Patterson said.

TCU also wanted to get bigger and more athletic on the offensive line. Along with Barrett, TCU signed three offensive tackles.

"With the offense we are putting in, we felt we had to go get some guys with length," Patterson said. "Porter and McBride, both are guys that have that, and both have tremendous speed."

Desmon White was the AP Texas 5A offensive player of the year after combining for 4,661 total yards and 43 touchdowns as DeSoto's dual-threat quarterback. TCU has other plans for the player Patterson said "is hard to catch in a phone booth."