Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Some Baseball Talk

Leonard Gruca of HornedFrogSports.com went to the Diamond Club meeting last night and registered this report today. Among the highlights of the info shared:

-17 nationally-televised games including 13 on the mtn, a three-game set against BYU on BYU-TV and one on CBS-College Sports.

-The starters for this weekend will be junior Steven Maxwell on Friday night, freshman phenom Matt Purke on Saturday and sophomore Kyle Winkler on Sunday. Senior Paul Gerrish, who shut down Texas to win Game 2 of the Super Regional in Austin last spring, will start next Wednesday afternoon at Baylor.

-The acknowledgment that yes, Bryan Holaday did get injured in the Alumni Game. But that he ought to be well enough to play at least some this weekend.

2010 Recruiting Class Intros - Mash Up, part deux.

And now, our second recruiting smorgasborg.

Sam Carter. Dual-Threat QB, 6'0", 205. Alief (Hastings HS).

Despite being the state's 23rd ranked dual-threat QB, Sam Carter sure had a rough time finally making it to Fort Worth. After transferring from Sharpstown High to Katy Morton Ranch, Carter immediately picked up and moved again after the entire KMR coaching staff was fired, landing at Alief Hastings. While his vagabond status may have scared off a few potential schools, Carter still didn't have problems attracting some major offers, including Miami, FL and Oklahoma State. Still, Carter wanted to be a Frog, and by not wavering on his commitment on our end, he landed in Fort Worth. Initially, Carter was under the impression that he would be lining up under center for the Frogs, but with late addition Matt Brown in this class, and Casey Pachall more than likely being Dalton's immediate successor, word now is that Sam will be lining up out wide. Watching his highlights, and noting his position, the initial comparison is naturally going to be Jeremy Kerley, and who doesn't want another Kerley on the team? Carter has good size, decent speed - 4.58 - and tons of athleticism. He also has a very solid arm - in his video, he hits a wide open receiver 60 yards in stride - so I see him definitely having the potential to fill in as the WildFrog QB once Kerley and Antoine Hicks have finished their time in FW. While it's always an adjustment to switch from QB to WR, unless Sam has some attitude issues with being told he will not be playing under center, I see no reason why he can't be a major playmaker for the Frogs down the line.

Chris Hawkins. WR, 6'2", 175. Channelview, TX (Channelview HS).

Another of our late class steals, Hawkins was a solid commit to the University of Minnesota before switching his allegiance to the Frogs. Apparently he must not have done his due diligence on the Golden Gophers until after the fact because that program is clearly going nowhere AND now, thanks to a new outdoor stadium, players are treated to sub freezing temperatures for most home games. But I digress...

For those of you who wonder who will be Pachall's go-to deep threat receiver for his career, worry no more: Carter brings sub 4.5 speed, size and great hands to an already loaded TCU offense. If you're able to watch his highlights, just note his stride - I know it's cliche to say that someone "runs like a gazelle" and honestly I have no idea how a gazelle runs, because if a gazelle runs like this kid, those things really shouldn't be getting eaten by lions so often. I'm drooling thinking about this guy running by slow defensive backs from BYU for four seasons. They may actually resort to Tetch tactics and stop recruiting defensive players altogether and just hope to outscore all of their opponents after the humiliation he's sure to lay on them. He's also very strong and will able to squeeze his body through tight coverage and outrun defenders once he makes his break. Minnesota's biggest Horned Frog related bitchslap was easily Patterson's refusal of their contract offer, but losing out on Hawkins is a close second.

Marcus Mallett. OLB, 6'1", 216. Cleveland, TX (Cleveland HS).

While it's no question he has the best name of anyone in the class of 2010, Mallett also has the talent to back it up. A long time TCU commit - almost a full year ago - Mallett is a hard hitter who should thrive under Patterson's much respected guidance as a linebacking counselor. Mallett is also very fast for his position and although he will definitely need to put on a few pounds in order to make an impact in D-I, I would still look for him to be able to blast into the backfield from the outside and drag down most quarterbacks. However, don't let all of this talk about "outside linebacker" and "pass rusher" give the wrong impression; Mallett is fully capable of stacking up runners in the middle of the field and controlling the line of scrimmage. Already the kid is getting comparisons to Robert Henson and David Hawthorne, and if he lives up to expectations, I think we can officially anoint him the LeBron James of Cleveland, TX.

Clifton Murphy

Clifton Murphy. DE, 6'4", 230. Little Elm, TX (Little Elm).

Defensive end and noted SMU Hater Clifton Murphy is the last athlete I want to take a look at in today's belated recruiting recap. The last addition to the 2010 class, Murphy, if you'll recall, was actually slated to grey shirt and become a part of the 2011 class despite TCU's typically firm stance against such practices. However, they obviously wanted him bad enough to make an exception and, as good things come to those who wait, with Josh Huff's late defection, Murphy was able to sneak in this year. Murphy comes on campus already being touted as TCU's next great edge rusher, and seeing as how he actually played the position in high school, I'd say he has a pretty big leg up on the competition. While he may not be as fast as Jerry Hughes, he's still pretty quick and should fit our defensive scheme well.

Tune in Thursday when I finally finish out the class... and perhaps even have some insight from a special guest.

200 Days...

That's right...just 200 days until the 2010 Horned Frogs kick-off the season against Oregon State at JerryWorld. That's only 4,800 hours...or 288,000 minutes...or 17,280,000 seconds...also known as "fucking forever".

Cerina coming on strong

The bright spot in another disappointing TCU basketball season has definitely been 6'9" freshman forward Nikola Cerina, who came to TCU from Serbia. He has now posted career scoring highs in two consecutive games, with 21 in the Frogs' road win over Wyoming on Saturday after 17 in the loss to Utah last week.

If Jim Christian is like Phil Jackson and assigns reading for his players, he probably recommended Dr. Marvin Monroe's "Baby Steps" because if you're looking for banners to be raised in Daniel-Meyer this off season, you need to think smaller in terms of progress. This team obviously is not going to turn things around overnight, so take solace in the fact that they've now won more road games than they ever have in the Mountain West. Baby steps.

Another baby step that would be nice to see them take is to come up with at least one upset in conference play. Their next chance is tonight when San Diego State comes to Fort Worth. The Aztecs have been playing really well lately, and are an NCAA bubble team after beating UNLV by 10 on Saturday. This would be the perfect time for the Frogs to play spoiler.

Speaking of that bubble, the Aztecs are listed as one of the "next four out" in this week's bracketology. New Mexico and BYU are listed as 4-seeds, with UNLV a 7. UT continues to slide, listed as a 5-seed, with A&M and Baylor both 6's, UTEP a 9 and Sam Houston State a 14-seed.

And if you, like many posters over on the Eastern Bloc seem to have done, have switched your rooting interest over to the Lady Frogs (I think you know my feelings on this), they are ranked 23rd this week and listed as a 7-seed in the women's bracketology.

Morning Dump

Gameday: No. 23 TCU women at San Diego State Star-Telegram

Baseball picked to win fifth straight league title

Griffin feels a calling at TCU
-the CB from Saint Pius X in Houston committed to the Frogs yesterday

Pac-10 rumblings rattle MWC Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mountain West shake up could follow Pac 10 expansion Laramie Boomerang

Verbal Pledge From Kolby Griffin

From ESPN Rumor Mill:

After a near-perfect season, most thought TCU would land a much better class than it managed for 2010. The Horned Frogs didn't sign a single ESPNU 150 recruit and nabbed just two four-star prospects in defensive tackle David Johnson and athlete Sam Carter.
But signing day has barely passed, and an ESPNU 150 Watch List corner for 2011 has already given his verbal pledge. Kolby Griffin out of Houston picked the Horned Frogs over Baylor, according to ESPN's Gerry Hamilton. Reportedly Griffin also considered Texas, Texas A&M and Houston.

Hopefully we can pull in some more early recruits like this. Kolby was a first team all-state selection as a junior for cornerback.