After taking just one official visit before the dead period began, it looked as though it would be difficult for No. 7 overall prospect Iman Marshall to take all five of his official visits before signing day. But the 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback revealed his plan Friday morning to fit four official visits into a three-week span.


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DALLAS -- On Monday night, TCU coach Gary Patterson and his players had to watch Ohio State and Oregon play in their backyard in the first College Football Playoff Championship presented by AT&T.

The Horned Frogs, who went 12-1 this past season, were left out of the playoffs after falling from No. 3 to No. 6 on the playoff selection committee's final ballot. Instead of crying Texas-sized tears about being snubbed, the Horned Frogs blasted Ole Miss 42-3 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve, which only strengthened their case as one of the country's top four teams.

It might not be much of a consolation, but the Horned Frogs are No. 1 in the first Way-Too-Early Top 25 of 2015. With 10 starters expected back on offense and six more returning on defense, TCU might be loaded for (Baylor) Bears this coming season.

"That's good," Patterson said. "We were 70th last year, I think. That's what people had us a year ago. That's where we were ranked. It's good for recruiting and all that kind of stuff, but that's tougher because now you have to create a chip on your shoulder. People are going to say you are [No. 1], but now you have to go prove you are. You've gotta go prove it."

No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Baylor and No. 4 USC follow the Horned Frogs, with hopes of reaching next season's four-team playoff. No. 5 Oregon and No. 6 Michigan State would be among the first teams left out.

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