TCU isn’t generally thought of as being a recruiting powerhouse, for good reason. Gary Patterson has never been an Urban Meyer or Nick Saban style ringer in recruiting, and the Horned Frogs are perfectly happy with consistently finishing in the top 25 in the recruiting rankings most years. However, one of the most interesting trends in recruiting this year is centralized at TCU, and could be crucial in shaping the future of football in the Big 12. In the 2018 class, TCU has identified the importance of Louisiana, and hit the Bayou extremely hard, and earlier today, they landed yet another Louisiana product, in the form of Shreveport safety Ar’Darius Washington.
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Washington is the 22nd member of TCU’s 2018 class, and the fifth defensive back, along with fellow safeties Atanza Vongor and Hidari Ceasar, and cornerbacks Derius Davis and Trevon Moehrig-Woodard. He’s the fifth Louisiana product to join the class, along with Ceasar, Davis, Justin Rogers and John Stephens. They held commitments from Louisiana cornerback Eddie Smith and defensive tackle Devin Phillips at one point as well, but Phillips signed with Colorado State, and Smith is likely headed to Alabama.
Washington picked TCU over LSU and UTSA, though he almost certainly has more offers that he just hasn’t reported. He had been committed to LSU since February, but flipped to TCU shortly after the Horned Frogs began recruiting him intensely. It’s hard to say if this was a case of LSU forcing Washington out or if it was his decision (I don’t think it was), but whatever the case, TCU is very happy to have Ar’Darius.
On the field, Washington is an athletic, ball hawking safety, with great instincts, range and the ball skills needed to make him an outstanding playmaker in the defensive backfield. His lack of size hurts him, but he plays way bigger than he is, as he attacks the ball and hits as well as any safety in the class of 2018. His coverage skills aren’t great, but with some development in his technical skills, Washington could be a stud for TCU in a few years. A defensive backfield with Vongor, Washington, Ceasar, Davis and Moehrig-Woodard should be extremely exciting for TCU fans.