Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Recruiting News



In case you haven't noticed, we're not exactly the kind of site that is going to call and/or text high school-aged boys on a daily basis to find out the latest in their process of selecting a college destination. But after a relatively long quite period, there has been a flurry of recruiting activity as of late- so we'll bring those of you that are not recruitniks up to speed.

Last night, the Frogs received the much-anticipated commitment from A.J. Hilliard (shown above), a linebacker from Klein Oak out of the Houston area. A.J., who stands 6'2" and weighs 215lbs currently, was previously committed to Arizona. That makes two recruits that GP & company have stolen from the Wildcats in the past three seasons (Matt Brown was also previously committed there). He had standing scholarship offers from schools in the Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East as well as some of the top non-BCS schools- but if you read the article about him from purplemenace.com, it sounds as if TCU was his dream destination. It's pretty refreshing to hear kids say that about our school- especially from an elite, hard-hitting tackling machine like Hilliard!

Then this morning came word that the Frogs had landed commitment #17 for the Class 0f 2012 with Gerren Ballard out of Whitewright. Ballard is listed at 6'6" and 230lbs by purplemenace, but Dave Campbell's Texas Football listed him at 247lbs and a recent ESPN article at 250lbs. Purplemenace also has him listed as a tight end, but with that kind of size and the versatile athleticism he displayed in his highlight video (that you'll need a subscription to watch), there's no doubt that the TCU coaching staff will at least toy with the idea of moving him to offensive tackle or defensive end. This commitment seemed to come out of nowhere, even to those who follow TCU recruiting closely- but some of the very best Horned Frogs have followed similiar scripts. Guys like Tank Carder, Stansly Maponga and Ed Wesley were all relatively unknown before Patterson tapped them for greatness.

Part of the intrigue of landing Ballard is that he is a high school teammate of Tyrone Swoopes, a 6'5" 220lb quarterback who will be one of the most sought-after recruits in the entire country for the Class of 2013. He is the nephew of former Texas Tech and WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes, and he reportedly loves TCU- a rumor that is substantiated to some degree by the fact that his facebook profile picture is of him wearing a TCU jersey at Amon Carter Stadium. Unlike the two future Frogs mentioned above, Swoopes has a free highlight tape available on youtube- so enjoy watching this* and imagining him playing for the Frogs!

*-Ballard is the #8 you'll see occasionally throughout Swoopes' video




7 comments:

Travis said...

Awesome, thank you for the updates! I knew TCU offered Hilliard before the holiday, but I hadn't heard if he accepted. That one is exciting. Now come McFarland and Devall!

EdK said...

Well, I heard that McFarland was considering LSU, since he said yes to the Frogs then decommitted (I think). I hope he goes purple in the end; he's supposed to be a monster.

I am always in the dark about recruiting, so I appreciate the info.

Lyle Lanley said...

We'll definitely have more recruiting info as Signing Day gets closer. But if you want more info than what we provide, we encourage you to get a subscription over at purplemenace.com. Those guys do an awesome job of keeping TCU fans informed about all aspects of the recruiting game.

Ed said...

By "going purple" you mean the true purple, Horned Frog purple.

Kelly said...

I can't wait for the profiles on our recruits like you guys did last year.

I am a little concerned with the news I am hearing about UT taking more of an interest in Daje Johnson. Hopefully he'll still with TCU.

VikingFrog said...

Is Swoopes playing with and against midgets in that video?

shortnkerley's said...

Sort of, VikingFrog. 2A football, but you have to remember that he's 6'5 220, so he's bigger than most college LB's and some DE's already...