Thursday, May 17, 2012

Football & Hoops add transfers

Most of the attention being paid to TCU football recruiting has been focused on the Class of 2013, but maybe one of the reasons that class isn't filling up as quickly as some fans might prefer is because the coaching staff was apparently still searching for one more (final?) piece of the 2012 class.  Yesterday, word came down that Paul "PJ" Dawson, a linebacker from Trinity Valley CC, had committed to TCU and would be enrolling this summer to be immediately eligible this fall. 

Dawson is a 2011 graduate of Skyline HS in Dallas, where at 6'0" 180lbs he played wide receiver and linebacker for the Raiders.  He earned a scholarship offer from Colorado State, but opted instead to go the JUCO route.  Upon arriving at Trinity Valley in Athens, he grew another inch, gained 40lbs and switched his attention solely to linebacker.  As a freshman there last fall, he racked up 52 tackles (8 for a loss), 4 sacks and an interception.  I love to see the Frogs getting in on the incredible talent pipeline over at Skyline, and I hope that Dawson can provide the depth that the team so badly needs at linebacker.

Later in the afternoon, it was revealed that Trent Johnson had landed a (literally) big transfer from our friends up north at roothog.  Devonta Abron, a 6'8" 255lb power forward originally from Seagoville, has decided to transfer to TCU from Arkansas.  As a true freshman up in Fayetteville this year, Abron started 22 games and was the team's leading rebounder.  Rumor has it he will be applying for a waiver to be eligible immediately this next season, but until he's granted that we should be ready for him to sit out a year before competing for the Frogs.

At Seagoville, Abron was a 3rd Team Parade All-America selection after averaging 24.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior.  Rivals ranked him as the #21 power forward in the country, and he selected Arkansas over a plethora of scholarship offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Alabama.  Much like Dawson, he is coming in at a position of great need for TCU.  If he can become eligible for next year, he would be a major factor in shoring up the Frogs' questionable inside presence.

2 comments:

Reed said...

Huge much neededto lb commit. Love that look on his face I bet that kid shows up pissed off just like GP likes em

missiletoad said...

Dawson brings quickness and good hands to a young, yet potentially talented LBer corps. May be able to redshirt 1 of our HS-FR at LB.