Wednesday, January 25, 2012

An Alternate Reason for Daje Johnson's Visit to Austin.

This pic would work a lot better if I could photoshop...

When it comes to Daje Johnson continuing his flirtations with UT despite reaffirming his commitment to TCU, I'm just going to go ahead and say it: BIG FUCKING DEAL!!!! Remember Jonathan Gray? He's the best running back in the country. He chose UT over TCU. And there was NOWHERE near the amount of "the sky is falling!" "run for your lives!" "everybody's gonna die!" talk that we've seen about this particular situation. I realize that was mostly because we never expected to land him in the first place, but still, he might be the piece that gets UT back to being a Conference contender. And we let it slide without much hand-wringing. Ah, to be young and naive again... Let's be honest with ourselves. Daje is going to be good at college football. Daje is probably going to be VERY good at college football. But if Daje ultimately chooses to go to Austin, we're not going to turn into SMU, which you'd think is a legitimate threat considering how rough some of you are taking the news.

I know it has been said by various others in the commentary and postings, but seriously team, let's put things in perspective. I hate UT as much as any of you and probably moreso than most, but holy hell! If I was good at sports when I was 18 and ole butterteeth invited me down for a weekend to sell me on 6th street and a stadjium with 105,000 screaming fans and girls and national exposure... all hate aside, I'm taking him up on the offer. And I wasn't even from the Austin area. So we should pull the kid's scholarship as a power move on account of him exhibiting the behavior of any 18 year old in the same situation? Girl PLEASE. The notion that we should pull it because, "We don't want kids that want to go to UT," is the most ludicrous thing I have ever had to put in writing in my life, and I one time wrote a sonnet based on ordering a McRib for a creative writing class. First of all, I'd take literally ANY recruit in UT's wheelhouse, as would most every other school in the country. And second, if we stop recruiting kids because they have UT on their list, then you'd have to kick probably 75% of the kids off of our team and field a squad entirely composed of intramural players. Is that what you want? You all sound like the same entitled asshole UT fans you're simultaneously abhorring. If that's your game, fine, but go do it at Killerfrogs. We don't need that bullshit here.

But beyond that, I think everyone is missing three KEY issues here. One is that UT has yet to offer him a scholarship. True, if Daje makes his scheduled visit this weekend, it's LIKELY UT does offer, and if they do it is also likely he will accept because those cats aren't exactly in the business of getting left at the altar. Another thing is that Patterson is going to personally sit across from Daje tomorrow afternoon sometime and put the final touches on his sales pitch. Looking folksy, back-slappin' Mack Brown in the eye and telling him thanks but no thanks is one thing, but doing the same to Patterson? With him putting the full-on hard sell with a quivering smile that is barely concealing the rage you know lies beneath? I'm sometimes nervous to even be in the same room as GP when he's in a good mood, and he has no clue who I am. I would hate to see the alternative. Good luck with that.

But the third, and perhaps the most important factor of all is this: Daje has now verbally committed to TCU twice, once months ago, and another this week. Now, I'm the first to say that soft verbal commitments are complete bullshit and should be done away with, but for the sake of this post, let's go against the grain and take him at his word. Isn't it entirely possible that, after practically bending over, spreading his cheeks and telling UT to take him now or lose him forever, he's kind of soured on the Horns a bit for ignoring him? Perhaps he views the fact that they aren't offering him a visit until the very last second before signing day as the slap in the face it is? Surely he understands that, by withholding a scholarship offer until the 11th hour, the Longhorns were exhausting all options for a more desirable recruit before doling out an offer to him. So what if going to Austin this weekend is just a ploy by Daje, an act of revenge? What if knowing that, presuming he makes it to campus this weekend, UT is going to make him an offer, Daje wants to turn them down face to face? See that shit eating grin slide off Mack's face? Watch Bryan Harsin's expression turn from smug glee to, "Holy shit, I thought once I left Boise this would never happen again?" Watch Manny Diaz' hair gel melt from his perfectly manicured coif and cover his head like candlewax? Perhaps give Mack's furniture the, "fuck yo couch!" treatment popularized by the Murphy brother who didn't wear a fat suit, dress like a woman and become responsible for Tyler Perry's success?

Eh, who am I kidding? He's totally going to UT. EVERYBODY PANIC!

25 comments:

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

Excellent post. I'm the first to admit when I'm wrong, and I was definitely wrong with my post yesterday. This is actually the first year that I've followed recruiting, and I think it might be the last. All this drama before signing day plays with your head. We've done just fine up to this point without highly touted recruits. Losing out on one isn't going to affect things that much in the long run.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

And for those of you with the "Well, we want him here for the RIGHT reasons, not because UT turned him down" attitude, I hate to break it to you, but there's a team that won the Rose Bowl two years ago with players that fall into that category. And when did having players on your team that were spurned by UT and therefore channel their rejection into hate for that school become a bad thing?

THEFINCH said...

mo rivals stars mo problems

shortnkerley's said...

Also, if I hear the term "Frog factor" again and someone saying Daje doesn't have "Frog factor" I'm going to punch someone in the throat. What an overused, ridiculous term.

VikingFrog said...

ShortNKerley's doesn't have FrogFactor.

He also hates Candlelight Vigils.

shortnkerley's said...

Candlelight vigils are fine- I frown upon them when they are done for Joe Paterno (on Jerry Sandusky's birthday, mind you), and I don't like when they are discussed on and induce crying on The Ticket. Recruiting news is depressing enough lately...

Boyce of Summer said...

"Hey Farva, what's that show on Fox you love hosted by Joe Rogan?"
"Frog Factor, are you talking about Frog Factor?"

THEFINCH said...

I like what you did there Boyce

Chet Steadman said...

I've been following recruiting since I graduated and we have never won a significant recruting battle against UT. Do the names Reggie Wilson (DE) and Darius White (WR) ring any bells? Both guys were in the Rivals 100 and both ended up choosing UT over TCU. Since then, White has transferred to Missouri and Wilson has registered one tackle in 2 seasons. Both were told they could start as Freshmen at TCU, just like Daje. I admit I have been following this one closely and I would hate to see him choose UT over us, especially considering the circumstances with the situation. But really, this isn't anything to freak out about. Regardless if we keep him or not, we still have the best recruiting class this school has seen to date on paper. We also have guys like Kolby Griffin and James Bailey who are ready to step in and make an impact. Good luck to Daje if he chooses UT, but I hope GMFP convinces him to come to Fort Dub and stick it to the Horns for 4 years.

LENEtown Fizzle said...

hearing rumblings dalton santos is going to decommit from tenn and go to Texas, makes one less spot for Daje without an offer

Lyle Lanley said...

I wouldn't be counting spots at UT- if they want a kid, they'll kick one of their older players to the curb. They do it every year.

SuperSweet HornedFrog said...

I want more skinny leg donald masseys on our team. Screw daje

65frog said...

The number of stars a recruit has is irrelevant. Character, desire and drive make the difference. This is why TCU doesn't sign players with criminal records. They want men who honor their word. It is very clear, that at the very least, we will be competing for the national championship in 2012 and 2013. Who doesn't want to be part of that?

Cro-magnon Frog said...

I think my biggest disappointment in this whole thing is the thought of what could have been.

Now, Daje could go on to have a great Career at UT, but I really feel like he could be something special at TCU. I don't think TCU will suffer without him and I don't think our program is going to crash and burn. But I think he would have been a very exciting player to watch. People at UT aren't going to see much of him.

and to tag onto Lyle's post. I worry that Daje may be one of the kids who gets squeezed out as a junior to make room for the new batch of kids who Mack has made promises to.

but all in all, we have an amazing recruiting class and I'm pumped for the year. Let Daje do what he wants. The Frogs would love to have him, but if he goes to UT, we'll just have the opportunity to show him who's superior.

Slay Purple said...

I am just glad that now other school can't hold "TCU is in a shit conference" over us anymore. Definitely makes it more exciting to actually have a chance to land some great talent. Still i'll take a Tank, Hughes, Wesley or Dalton over a pompous 4-star any day of the week. Not to say that we don't need talented athletes, but has done pretty damn good with what some would deem "less than talented" recruiting classes. At the end of the day they are still "paper tigers" until you get them on the field.

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EdK said...

Let's just see what the kid decides. He's not pulling a Gray. Honestly, I am pretty tired of this Jonathan Gray dillusion. He was NEVER, EVER, EVER coming to TCU.

Believe me, I know.

shortnkerley's said...

I don't see anyone here who said they think Gray is coming, and his recruitment ended months ago. You're not breaking any news by telling us he won't be coming here. I know there's speculation, but that's just silly chatter to me. Good to know you are all up in J Gray's brain though.

HAIR said...

Even if UT runs out of scholarships it wouldn't suprise me in the least if he took a preferred walk on spot.

Curt McDurt said...

@ HAIR...DUMB comment. Please dont post such moronic things like that on this site.

Thanks,

EdK said...

snk, once again, you type without thinking. Obviously, Gray is old news -- the point is, people seem to want to compare his situation with some of the kids still deciding where to go.

Oh, and I'm not "all up in J Gray's brain," as you so cleverly put it. But you can find out a lot more about TCU football on the golf courses in Fort Worth than you can pulling your pud on the internet.

shortnkerley's said...

I just googled "pulling your pud" to figure out what the Hell that means, but even the Internet didn't recognize it. It must be really old. Does pulling your pud mean contributing to a blog that EdK reads daily? If so, yeah, I've been pulling my pud on the Internet.

I'm merely stating that you're not breaking any news to anyone about how Gray wasn't coming to TCU. You said it yourself- it's old news, so why keep mentioning it. If you have some breaking golf course news about Daje Johnson, Ed Pope, or even Tyrone Swoopes we'd all love to hear it though...

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Man, the reason I love spitblood is that we're unlike KF and PM where everyone touts their bullshit sources and golf course news. If you aren't going to be specific about what you heard, then shut the fuck up about it and don't act like you're a big shot. Anyone can say "PEOPLE WHO KNOW TOLD ME THIS" without any qualification. Let's be a little different.

Let's get back to our core roots and deal with facts and crude humor, shall we?

Red said...

Damn, can't believe we lost him. Just one more reason to hate those F'n Long Horns

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