Generally, around this time of year, schools are adding recruits to their classes, and finalizing their groups, not losing recruits to decommitment. Apparently, TCU didn’t get the memo, as for the second time in the past week, the Horned Frogs lost a commitment, this time from Louisiana defensive back Eddie Smith. The Horned Frogs will need to scramble to find a replacement, and with the early signing period so close, Gary Patterson and his staff will have to move quickly.
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With the loss of Smith, TCU is now down to 19 commitments in the 2018 class, and while they still have four defensive backs committed, in safeties Antanza Vongor and Hidari Ceasar and cornerbacks Trevon Moehrig-Woodard and Derius Davis, defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow would greatly prefer to add at least one more cornerback to replace Smith. In the 4-2-5 that TCU runs, defensive backs are absolutely crucial, and with a number of current Horned Frogs set to graduate, they have a pretty large need for freshmen.
Despite the desire for a replacement, it’s not looking super likely that TCU will be able to find one. The only defensive backs left on TCU’s board are Derek Turner and Aaron Brule, though the former is far more likely to join the class than the latter is.
This decommitment is a combination of decreasing interest in TCU, and recent interest that Smith has picked up from Tennessee and Missouri. He visited Missouri recently, and will visit Tennessee in January. It’s no surprise that he wants to stay in SEC country, and while it’s a big loss for TCU, you can’t fault a young man for wanting to stay in his home conference. I’ve been told that Ole Miss and Mississippi State may get involved in this as well, though they aren’t real contenders at this point.
I had this to say about his on the field skill back in June:
On the field, Smith is an absolute freak of an athlete. he runs a 4.42 40 time at 6-foot, and has extremely impressive leaping ability and hands, because he also plays wide receiver for his high school team. In terms of pure cornerback skill, Smith is raw, but has a nose for the ball, and is a surprisingly willing tackler. He’s not going to consistently blow up running plays, but he’s very good at making stops in the second level, especially for his size. His best quality as a corner is his range, and ability to track the ball. If he works on his usage of his hands, and learns some more advanced coverage techniques, he could be a star at TCU. His ceiling comparison is TJ Carrie.