TCU lost its clutches on a key commit Tuesday, interrupting the Horned Frogs' impressive start to the 2015 recruiting cycle. Four-star cornerback PJ Mbanasor backed off his pledge less than two months after an initial commitment, according to 247Sports reporter Colt Barber.
The 6'2", 185-pound prospect received an offer from TCU during a January junior day and promptly accepted the scholarship. Mbanasor was the highest-rated player in the team's recruiting class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
His departure dropped the Horned Frogs' 2015 haul from ninth to 14th in national 247Sports class rankings. ESPN.com reporter Max Olson noted the team anticipated his recruitment to heat up despite the commitment.
TCU staff knew P.J. Mbanasor was a kid all the big schools would come after this spring. Tough loss but, as usual, another great eval.— Max Olson (@max_olson) March 12, 2014
Mbanasor collected offers from a wide variety of programs throughout the winter. Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Ole Miss and Oklahoma are among the programs that joined his recruitment since February.
The Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, Texas) standout is a late-rising recruit with a growing number of options. He plans to spend time surveying his options before pulling the trigger on another commitment, per Barber.
The first-team all-district selection possesses an ideal blend of size and speed. He has the ability to play multiple secondary positions at the next level.
His aggressive approach in the box balances with fluidity in coverage to create an impressive prospect.
Veteran Horned Frogs cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings left TCU to accept the defensive backs job at Arkansas last month. That may have ultimately played a role in Mbanasor's decommitment.
With his recruitment reopened, expect the offers to continue piling up. Meanwhile, TCU must look elsewhere for help in the defensive backfield while keeping tabs on Mbanasor.