We're on the eve of the 2018 football season, which means it's time for college programs to begin preparations on... their 2020 recruiting classes. Part of those preparations involve brainstorming how you're going to brand your class -- and, no, "our next recruiting class" won't cut it.
At TCU, the 2020 class will be celebrated by marking history. The '20 campaign will be Gary Patterson's 20th in Fort Worth and, as such, the '20 class will be his 20th group of signees.
Patterson was the Frogs' defensive coordinator from 1998-00 and ascended to head coach when Dennis Franchione left for Alabama in December of 2000. He lost his first game as head coach, a 28-21 setback to Southern Miss in the Mobile Bowl, but has gone 160-56 since.
With an eye for talent like few others, Patterson has built his legacy by turning high school quarterbacks and running backs into All-American linebackers and defensive ends, from Jerry Hughes, a high school running back who later won the Ted Hendricks Award as college football's best defensive end, to Ty Summers, a high school quarterback who was an All-Big 12 linebacker in 2017.
The campaign started with various members of TCU's staff tweeting about the campaign.
But it's also spread beyond Fort Worth, with various ESPN talent on camera singing Coach P's praises.
Patterson has compiled a Hall of Fame resume in his first 18 seasons: six conference championships, six AP top-10 finishes, 10 double-digit win seasons, all while dragging TCU from Conference USA to the Mountain West and then the Big 12.
This year's team enters with a No. 16 AP ranking, and TCU will work for the next year-plus to get 2020 recruits on board to keep building Patterson's legacy.