TCU has two of the 10 fastest players in the country heading into 2018 in Jeff Gladney and Jalen Reagor.
Gladney was ranked as the No. 7-fastest player in college football by NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread, the highest rank for any player in the Big 12. Reagor was the ninth fastest player, good for second-best in the conference.
Gladney, a junior cornerback, earned his rank with a spectacular play against Stanford running back Bryce Love in the Alamo Bowl. As a result, he actually ranked one spot ahead of Love, the Heisman runner-up known for his explosiveness.
Could Gladney beat Stanford’s Bryce Love in a 40-yard dash? We’d love to line them up for one, but in terms of football speed, the nod must go to Gladney after the Horned Frogs junior ran the Cardinal RB down from behind, without the benefit of a pursuit angle, on a breakaway run in the Alamo Bowl last year.
Here’s the play Goodbread referred to in his piece (fast forward to the :30 mark). Even though it was a touchdown for Love, it demonstrated Gladney’s incredible speed.
While Gladney’s speed isn’t always on full display as a defender, Reagor’s is apparent to anyone who watched him play last season.
Gary Patterson has brought his share of burners to TCU, and Reagor can compete with any of them. His 4.32-second 40-yard dash is the best current time in the program. Last year, he passed on the chance for January enrollment at TCU in order to compete in track as a high school senior. But he didn’t need the advantage of spring practice to make an impact as a freshman.
As Goodbread notes, Patterson has made a habit of recruiting speedy athletes over the years, and Reagor and Gladney are two prime examples.