Tuesday, January 25, 2011
If the Horned Frogs fulfill their massive potential as a program over the next couple of years, you'll have to remember that Pierson was the first player to commit to TCU following the announcement that the school would be moving to the Big East- he pledged to TCU just a day after the shift was made public.
He also filled a major area of need- defensive tackle. Knowing that Cory Grant and Kelly Griffin would be graduating, Patterson & his staff really needed to find some big guys to help plug holes once #57 and #69 were gone. Pierson, at 6'2" 298lbs, definitely fits that bill. Rivals has him listed as the #24 overall player in Oklahoma, where he helped lead Millwood to a 13-1 record this past fall.
As usual, you're probably skimming over what I'm writing here and just skipping straight to the highlight video, so here you go:
BYU recruits 24/7/365
I've always been somewhat amused by the college football fans who get way too into recruiting. Don't get me wrong, here- I'm definitely the type of fan who gets really into it. Recruiting season is like spring training in baseball, where every program gets a fresh start and every prospect is a future Hall of Famer. It's exciting.
But there are definitely those that take it too far. There are folks out there, I kid you not, that would've considered the day of the Rose Bowl to be ruined if a potential recruit had picked, say, Oklahoma State or Texas Tech over TCU. Watching what GP calls "paper tigers" match up against other schools' classes based solely on potential is actually more important to some people than what actually happens on the field once the kids get to campus. Sounds crazy, I know.
If you've been enjoying the "Meet the Future Frogs" posts here on Spitblood, you'll enjoy the next week or so because I'll be trying to hammer out two of those a day leading up to Signing Day. If you're already a recruiting junkie, as described quite humorously by SaturdayDownSouth.com, I realize those posts probably aren't teaching you anything new. But who knows, we might just make a junkie out of someone else out there, and isn't that the whole point?
For those of you that have been paying attention, you'll recognize that Naff is a high school teammate of fellow future Frog Chazten Gonzales. The Del City duo are the third set of high school teammates in this class, along with Cameron White & David Porter of DeSoto and David Bush & Chris Hackett of Tyler John Tyler.
TCU has taken in some offensive linemen in the past that you could classify as 'projects' based on their need to add some bulk to their frame. Naff...is not one of those. At 6'4" 311 lbs, he's big enough for the college game right now. His 71 pancake blocks as a senior helped him earn All-State honors in Oklahoma, as well as scholarship offers from multiple Pac 10 and Big 12 schools. Rivals ranks him as the #21 offensive guard in the country and the #4 overall player in Oklahoma. So much for recruiting across the Red River being a one-way operation!
I couldn't find a free highlight video of Naff, but I did find an interview with him that you can watch by clicking HERE.