TCU enters the 2015 season with a preseason ranking of No. 5 locked and loaded with 10 starters returning on offense and five on defense.
The Horned Frogs' defensive line has two senior ends expected to win starting jobs when the season kicks off against Minnesota on Sept. 3 — James McFarland and Terrell Lathan. In an effort to keep this unit’s on-the-field production up in 2016, TCU accepted a verbal commitment from former Boise State defensive end Mat Boesen on Thursday.
Boesen (6-4, 235) has been a top target of TCU’s with the Long Beach (Calif.) Community College star visiting the Fort Worth campus over the summer. As life is on the field and in Big 12 play, the Frogs were up against in-state rival Baylor for Boesen’s services at the FBS level. The other schools to offer the California talent include Missouri, Washington State, Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, San Diego State, Marshall and Iowa State.
The announcement was made official around 9:41 p.m. PT with Boesen posting his commitment on Twitter:
In 2014, Boesen appeared in eight games for the Broncos as a redshirt freshman picking up three sacks. The Broncos recruited Boesen out of Torrance West (Calif.) High School in Torrance as part of their 2013 recruiting class.
In July 2014, Boesen was arrested on charges of inattentive or careless driving and resisting or obstructing officers. In November he pleaded guilty to the inattentive driving charge and had the obstruction charged dropped. His 90-day jail sentence was suspended and he was given one year probation leading to Boise State dismissing him from the team.
TCU now has 14 verbal commitments to their 2016 recruiting class with Boesen being the second defensive lineman pledge, joining Horn High School’s Gary Overshown (Mesquite, Texas).
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.