There may not be another coach in the Big 12 that loves raw, explosive, electric athletes out of the slot receiver position than TCU head coach Gary Patterson. Players like KaVontae Turpin, Shaun Nixon, Deante’ Gray, Skye Dawson, and many more fit that mold of smaller super athletes that give defenses fits out of TCU’s up-tempo spread offense, with bits and pieces taken from the air raid and power spread systems that most schools deploy. Recently, TCU landed the next playmaker out of the slot, when Cypress H-back Taye Barber committed to TCU.
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THE BARBER FILE
Barber is the 15th commitment in TCU’s 2018 class, and the third receiver, along with Chase Van Wagoner and John Stephens, though unlike his fellow receivers, Barber will spend his time in the slot, whereas Van Wagoner and Stephens are far more likely to play on the outside. TCU landed a similar player in the 2017 recruiting class in the form of Kenedy Snell, and the addition of Barber will just make the Horned Frogs more lethal offensively in the future.
Barber picked TCU over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Indiana, Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Barber had been considered a heavy TCU lean for a while now, and despite a recent visit to Ames, the lead built by Patterson and his fellow coaches in the last few months of this recruitment was just too much for any other team to over come.
On the field, Barber is one of the most electric athletes in the country. There’s a number of players in college football that make you hold your breath every time they touch the ball because they could score on any play, and Barber could very well develop into that kind of play maker. He’s never going to be big enough to win 50/50 balls or dominate with his physicality, but he’s extremely shifty, and runs a 4.3 40 time. He runs like a running back, and has fantastic hands for a slot receiver. His route running ability isn’t the best, but he’s certainly got the route running skills needed to thrive in the slot in the Big 12. His ceiling comparison is John Ross.