Thursday, January 28, 2010

Recruiting Class Reunion: 2004

Whereas the Class of 2003 contained a lot of extreme hits or misses, the Class of 2004 came back to the middle a little bit, although there were certainly some highlights of this class.

The headliners: Quincy Butler was a 4-star defensive back coming out of Tyler JC, and was originally committed to Missouri. Otis McDaniel was a highly-touted wide receiver from San Antonio Taft, and committed live on NBC at the US Army All-American Bowl. Shae Reagan, who played QB in tiny Idalou, TX, spurned his original commitment to Tech the day before signing day to become a Frog.

NFL Material: Three members of the Class of '04 were taken in the 2009 NFL Draft: linebacker Jason Phillips (5th Round- Baltimore Ravens), linebacker Robert Henson (6th Round- Washington Redskins) and center Blake Schlueter (7th Round- Denver Broncos). Drew Coleman, who came to TCU as a JUCO wide receiver, was taken by the New York Jets in the 6th Round of the 2006 Draft. Butler was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in '06, and bounced around between Dallas, New Orleans and the CFL before landing with the St. Louis Rams in 2009.

Hits: Phillips, Henson and Schlueter- all originally 2 star recruits- became All-Conference players. Walter Bryant, Steven Coleman, Giles Montgomery, Matt Panfil and Justin Watts all ended up winning 4 letters. Butler was a stud corner in his two seasons at TCU. Cody Moore, a high school running back, became a mainstay on the defensive line. Reagan, when healthy, was a valuable pass-catching option as a tight end. Preston Phillips emerged as a starter later in his career and Zarnell Fitch, a JUCO transfer D-tackle, had his moments as well.

In-between: Donald Massey, who came to TCU highly regarded out of Hillsboro, was a solid contributor for three years but left the program before his senior season. Brent Hecht and Chris Hayes, both 3-star JUCO transfers, played but never made much of a splash. Injuries kept Heath Raetz, an offensive lineman from Burleson, from ever really fulfilling his potential.

Misses: McDaniel was seen as the continuation of a lucrative talent pipeline from San Antonio's Taft High School to TCU that previously included Marvin Godbolt, Ranorris Ray and Robert Merrill. He never played a snap for the Frogs on the football field, though, and instead ran track at TCU. Running back Detrick James played very little before breaking his arm and then quietly exiting the program. Offensive lineman Robert Clark, the first player to commit to the Class of '04, never added any bulk to his long frame and subsequently never contributed.

9 comments:

LT4heisman said...

Doanld Massey was a beast on NCAA football.

Texas Hammer said...

He also had a sweet Iverson sleeve.

Baddi B. said...

I take part of the blame for Detrick James and Robert Clark as they were constantly in my dorm room in Moncrief with bong in hand.

Casey said...

Hey baddi b, I believe I was present for some of that.

LENEtown Fizzle said...

I refuse to believe that kind of activity ever took place at TCU

Casey said...

you can also probably attribute some of tommy blake's downfall to me and baddi b......

buffalo said...

thanks guys.

Reginal and Lady Luck said...

and well speaking of recruiting, espn is reporting that our lone '11 commit, Cameron White, has transferred schools (to DeSoto)and is "looking around."

I am sure he breaks up with his gf's before bdays,vdays, and xmas; cheap ass scared of true commitment.

Middle Man said...

next years class is going to be stacked with talent, I am not worried if the kid wants to look around, go for it.