By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer
TCU is reaping the benefits of a 12-1 season and College Football Playoff berth, as a big time-recruit committed to the Horned Frogs on Thursday.
Channing Canada is the No. 1 junior college cornerback and the No. 4 overall player in this recruiting cycle, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. The 6-foot, 185-pound, four-star cornerback was on campus over the weekend for an official visit, and he decided to make it official with the Frogs.
A Trinity Valley Community College product, Canada is a massive addition to TCU’s recruiting class. The Frogs are trying to replace one, possibly both, of their starting cornerbacks this season.
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, the 2022 Jim Thorpe Award winner, has committed to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl, an indication that he’s going to the NFL Draft after TCU plays in the College Football Playoff.
Josh Newton still has one more season of eligibility, despite coming to TCU this summer as a graduate transfer. Newton earned first team All-Big 12 honors as well as PFF first team All-Big 12 honors for his efforts at cornerback. He could also enter the NFL Draft.
Canada committed to the Frogs over 35 other offers, including from Mississippi State, Washington, Auburn, Baylor and Oklahoma State, and he was recruited largely by TCU cornerbacks coach Carlton Buckels.
Canada is the first JUCO commit for TCU’s 2023 class and the second cornerback, joining Vernon Glover Jr. in the secondary for the Frogs. Glover was also on campus over the weekend and has been committed to TCU since July. Frogs Today’s David Beaudin caught up with Glover, as well as eight other high school recruits, after their time on campus this weekend.
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