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4-star S Atanza Vongor commits to TCU over Texas, Baylor

Yet another safety prospect is remaining closer to home instead of joining Tom Herman’s 2018 class.


One of the state’s premier defensive back targets is now off the board, as four-star South Grand Prairie safety Atanza Vongor announced his commitment to the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, choosing Gary Patterson’s program over the Texas Longhorns and Baylor Bears.

"TCU really feels like home" Vongor told 247Sports of his decision. "The family atmosphere, the coaches are really genuine and solid and they have a great program, and have had one for a long time with Coach Patterson."

"I feel like they will take me to the next level, not only in my game, but spiritually as well, which is most important to me."

Along with Texas and Baylor, Vongor had plenty of quality options. Included in his 20 total offers were Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M, Florida, Nebraska and Georgia, among others.

Now committed to TCU, Vongor becomes the Horned Frogs fourth 2018 pledge, and the only four-star among the bunch.

"Texas boys need to stay in Texas" Vongor told 247Sports. "The top recruits in the nation come from Texas and if these other schools didn't have Texas guys, they wouldn't be winning championships."

"If we can get some top guys in Texas to stay home and come to TCU, we are national championship bound."

As far as Texas is concerned, Vongor is the second safety target to choose the local favorite over the ‘Horns, as three-star Tulsa Union safety Patrick Fields did earlier this month with his commitment to Oklahoma. Fortunately for Herman and his staff, if there’s ever been a class that can afford missing on a few prospects, it’s the ridiculously deep 2018 in-state defensive back crop. Five-star safety BJ Foster, four-star safety Leon O’Neal Jr., four-star safety DeMarvion Overshown and four-star Texas A&M safety pledge Jordan Moore, whom will be on campus later this month, all remain realistic options.

Vongor ranks as the nation’s No. 137 player, No.14 safety and the No. 16 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.