It could be a very busy few weeks for TCU. A number of the Horned Frogs’ top targets are set to announce soon, and if everything go according to plan, TCU could be leaping up the Big 12 recruiting rankings very early on in July. They got what could be a great run started the right way today, when they landed a commitment from highly touted Washington linebacker Ben Wilson. In addition to being a great football player, Wilson also helps fill the “linebacker with a man bun” quota that every college football team seems to have.
Proud to announce my commitment to….
— Ben Wilson (@BenjaminRWilson) June 23, 2017
THE WILSON FILE
Wilson is the 12th commitment in TCU’s 2018 class, and the first linebacker. Linebacker isn’t a huge need in the class, but I would be very surprised if TCU didn’t try to find an outside linebacker with speed to pair with Wilson, and while Eddie Smith may be that guy, don’t hold your breath. They have a number of linebackers on their board, and will likely grab their second later in the recruiting cycle.
Wilson picked TCU over Vanderbilt, Washington State, Arizona, Syracuse, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Arizona State, Cal, Louisville and Utah. The fact that TCU was able to pluck him from the Pac-12 is a massive achievement, and really speaks to how good safeties coach Chad Glasgow is at recruiting. TCU has been chasing Wilson for a while, and getting him on campus back in March went a long way towards ultimately securing his commitment. TCU is looking at a few other North West guys, and having Wilson in the fold should help with that.
On the field, it’s really easy to see why the entire Pac-12 wanted Ben Wilson. He has great speed for a middle linebacker, and that speed really helps him make sense in TCU’s defense. Wilson is really, really solid, both in pass rush and in stopping the run. He’s strong, quick, and knows the position extremely well. His pursuit angles and coverage skills both need developed at the next level, but he can deliver some punishing hits, and could be a serious game changer at the next level. TCU fans should be very excited about this kid. His ceiling comparison is Ryan Shazier.