One of the most important things in recruiting is keeping in-state prospects at home, and not losing those close to home battles to top, out-of-state programs. TCU did just that earlier today, when they landed a commitment from Denton center John Lanz. He is the 7th commitment in TCU’s 2018 recruiting class, a class that now sits at 31st in the country, according to our fancy new recruiting class composite rankings. This is a class that I expect to be packed with offensive lineman, and this commitment just furthers that belief, as he’s the third to join the class, very early on in this current recruiting cycle.
— John Lanz IV (@JohnLanz7) May 5, 2017
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Lanz committed to TCU over a number of other suitors, both in-state, and out-of-state, including Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Purdue, and Texas Tech. He was long thought to be a TCU lean, but it’s always nice to lock up a commitment, even if it isn’t necessarily a huge surprise. I can assure you that Gary Patterson is very happy about this news, even if he was already banking on it happening at some point.
This is such a big commitment because of the kind of person John is. He wants to be a leader for this class, which is exactly what you want out of a guy who many project as a potential center at the next level. He wants to get to know the other members of the TCU class, as well as help recruit some top Horned Frog targets. Atanza Vongor has been the de facto leader of this class since his commitment back in March, but it always helps to have more players that want to step up.
On the field, if TCU wants to flip Lanz to play center, it might take a little while for him to be game ready. He plays tackle for his high school, though at 6-foot-4, he just doesn’t have the size to play tackle at the next level, or the athleticism to play guard. He has great strength though, and very solid footwork, and despite his lack of elite athleticism, he’s still a very good prospect, and a guy TCU is very happy to have. His energy and aggressiveness is a huge part of his game, and that “mean streak” so to speak, is a big thing TCU looks for out of their offensive lineman. His ceiling comparison is Chargers center Matt Slauson.