Monday, February 1, 2010

Recruiting Class Reunion: 2007

Now that we've advanced up to the Class of 2007 in our look back at TCU recruiting classes of the past, it's not so much of a review of what they did in their time on campus as much as it is a progress report.

The headliner: When Hutto's Jeremy Kerley announced he had committed to TCU, it caused quite a stir (especially when his youtube highlight film was circulated via email...who knew Nelly sampled John Tesh???). After all, Kerley had done it all in high school- football, baseball, track- and as a 4-star athlete had his pick of just about any school in the region.

Hits so far: Kerley has maintained the TCU tradition of exceptional punt returners, and has become a favorite target of Andy Dalton's on offense, as well. TCU was the only school to offer a scholarship to linebacker Tank Carder, who went from unknown former BMX rider in Sweeny, TX, to arguably the best returning player on the Frogs' defense in 2010. Alongside Carder as a leader of the 2010 defense is safety TJ Johnson, who was a regular in the defensive backfield since playing as a true freshman in 2007. Former Whitehouse linebacker Luke Shivers has become the Frogs' starting fullback. Kelly Griffin started at D-tackle as a true freshman, and really blossomed as a junior this past season. Kyle Dooley, who saw his recruiting stock plummet after a serious knee injury as a high school senior in Nebraska, is now one of the Frogs' starting offensive linemen. Greg McCoy shined in his time at corner (and especially returning kicks) in '09, and should be a big part of the team the next two years. Anson Kelton has been a solid punter so far. John Fonua, a JUCO defensive tackle, provided much-needed depth at that position during his two years on campus.

Looking good: Several other members of this class have contributed, but have yet to really fulfill their potential, including safety Tekkerein Cuba, tight end Logan Brock, defensive end Braylon Broughton, wide receiver Jonathan Jones, offensive lineman Spencer Thompson and linebacker Kris Gardner.

Jury's still out: Running backs Jai Cavness and Jercell Fort, along with offensive lineman Jeff Olson, have just finished their redshirt freshman seasons without making much of an impact so far. But as we've seen with players such as Jeff Ballard and Jerry Hughes, sometimes the best players don't blossom overnight.

Misses: Defensive end Jason Fitch (Zarnell's younger brother) never made it to campus. Defensive backs Chez Thomas and Chris Goodson left the program without ever playing a snap. The same can be said for running back Joseph Banyard, who- I'm not kidding- left TCU for Tarleton State because his girlfriend went there. Safety Sir Demarco Bledsoe appeared to be on his way towards stardom before being dismissed from the team last offseason.