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February 5, 2013

Breaking down the Denzel Johnson commitment

TCU picked up its 20th commit of this year's class when Gainesville athlete Denzel Johnson committed first thing Monday morning.

Johnson brings versatility and options to the TCU coaching staff. He has the size and speed that will help him make an impact whenever he gets on the field.

Let's break this down further.

The Basics: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds; runs a 4.4 40-yard dash; Rivals 2-star

The competition: Johnson had only one other offer coming into Monday, from UTSA. He was beginning to pick up a little steam on the recruiting front, but visited TCU last weekend and fell in love with the place.

The Backstory: When Johnson visited Fort Worth Saturday, he just knew it felt like home. Johnson played quarterback in high school, but spent time during his visit discussing all the positions he can play. He likely won't be playing quarterback at TCU.

He has the size to really play just about anywhere on the field and TCU will take plenty of looks at him all over the place. The favorite right now seems to be linebacker. When he is given time to bulk up, he will likely be able to fit in there.

Johnson played several different sports in high school therefore wasn't able to bulk up just for football. Given the amount of time he will be able to put in once he gets to college, don't be surprised if he starts pushing for playing time early anywhere on the field once he reaches weight.

The Impact: This will hopefully dull the sting of losing out on Duke Riley last week. If Johnson can come in and play linebacker, he will join Sammy Douglas, Paul Whitmill and Dac Shaw at that position.

Johnson also has potential at wide receiver or running back. TCU hasn't committed a pure wide receiver yet, but weapons like Ty Slanina and Cameron Echols-Luper will likely fill out there.

He really brings versatility, athleticism and lots of options to TCU. He will work hard to earn time anywhere Gary Patterson wants to put him. Knowing Patterson's knack for defensive players, don't be surprised if he doest wind up on that side of the ball first.

The Effect: TCU's Rivals recruiting rank currently sits at 30 after adding Johnson and fellow athlete Jermaine Antoine. Despite his two-star ranking, TCU's average star ranking is still 2.9.

The Next Step: TCU picked up a pair of athletes today so maybe its time to get something more specific. TCU is still in on four-star defensive linemen Deashon Hall and Andrew Billings. Hall is currently committed to Washington, but has kept open the option of flipping to either TCU or Texas A&M. Billings is down to just TCU, Baylor and Texas. If TCU and can pull either of those as commit No. 22 this will shape up to be a very nice recruiting class.


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