November 19, 2007
Prospects turn out for Frogs victory
With five verbal commitments currently in the bag there are those around the program that would suggest that TCU is lagging behind in the race for impact players. Take one look at the Frogs main recruiting competition and you see a bunch of schools that have just about sewed up their classes for the 08' frame. Baylor, Oklahoma St., Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Houston have all taken the "earlier is better" approach. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. What I see for the Frogs is a golden opportunity to put together another stellar class.
While some critics might see the small amount of commitments as a negative, I can't help but see the positive in the strategy. By being patient, the Frogs have uncovered a few hidden gems and allowed for the late bloomers to jump onto the radar screen and make a name for themselves. Take for instance the Frogs latest commitment, Walker Dille. There would be a lot more suitors for his services had the aforementioned schools not locked up so many recruits so early in the process. By being patient, the Frogs have positioned themselves to reap an extremely fruitful harvest.
As the Horned Frogs pushed their season record to (6-5, 3-4), a multitude of attentive prospects watched from the stands, seemingly caught up in the intensity of the on field display as the Frogs destroyed UNLV 34-10.
"That was a great game" said Arlington Seguin's Hecter Negrete (6-4, 265). When asked to compare TCU with the other schools he is considering (Texas Tech, Arizona), Negrete responded. "I like TCU a lot, I've been to a few games here and I really like the atmosphere and just everything about TCU. I think TCU and Tech are about to offer me and I would say that TCU is right there with Arizona and Tech at the top, I really don't have a favorite right now."
With pre-game warm ups in full swing, it looked like there were at least 25-30 prospects on hand to witness the evenings events, maybe more. I tried to identify as many as possible but they weren't wearing their name badges like they usually do so it was difficult. Here is a list of nine players that I know for sure were there.
Hecter Negrete DT (6-4, 265) Arlington Seguin (wearing a TCU t-shirt, great frame)
Tanner Foster LB (6-2, 205) Midland High (very nice looking athlete, wearing TCU t-shirt)
Garrick Smitherman OL (6-2, 315) Midlothian (absolute tank)
Curtis Kevil RB (5-9, 205) Clyde (kid looked like he could run through a brick wall)
Cody Daniels Ath (6-0, 165) La Grange
Joshua Salazar OT (6-4, 315) Burleson (If TCU offers, he's theirs. Two Division II offers.)
Doug Allman FB (5-10, 210) Liberty Hill (MACK truck!)
Isaac Tauaefa DT (6-0, 272) Trinity (Likes TCU a lot, looks like a player)
Josh Tauaefa DE (6-2, 240) Trinity (Isaac's brother and equally impressive looking athlete)
With the High School playoffs in full swing, expect the recruiting news to pick up weekly as more and more kids turn their attention to their future collegiate homes. Stay tuned to PurpleMenace.Com to catch the latest breaking news and to see who will join the ranks as future TCU Horned Frogs.
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