Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Meet the Future Frogs: Edward Pope

Edward Pope, the 6'3" 170lb athlete from Carthage, is another future Frog you'll be able to watch with your own two eyes this week when he's one of three TCU commits participating in the US Army All-America Game in San Antonio on Saturday- which will be broadcast on NBC.

It should be noted during the process of profiling these recruits before Signing Day that their commitments are verbal and thus non-binding, so there is a possibility of one or more of them switching their intended college destination before pen hits paper. Because Ed is not hiding the fact that he has visits planned to schools like Missouri, Arkansas and A&M, he is one to keep an eye on in regard to whether or not the Frogs can hold on to him. It should also be noted, though, that he committed fairly early in the process (last February 27th) and that he's the younger brother of former TCU corner Jason Teague. So I feel pretty good that he'll end up in Fort Worth.

This kid did it all at 3A powerhouse Carthage, but made his biggest impact at wide receiver- racking up 1,150 yards on 69 receptions and scoring 16 touchdowns. But most recruiting services tend to agree that he projects as a safety at the college level, and we all certainly appreciated his brother's efforts on the defensive side of the ball- didn't we?

Rivals has Pope listed as a four-star athlete, and the 30th-best overall recruit in Texas. Dave Campbell's Texas Football named him one of the 10 best athletes in the state. Whether it's at receiver, safety, or corner like his brother- I think the TCU coaches will be able to find a place on the field for someone as athletic as Ed. Check it out:


Daily Discussion: Fan Experience

The Prop Joe side of the stadium is now torn down, and by the end of the summer we'll have realized the dream of having a completely new football stadium. The plans for the building are most likely completely done, but the fan experience once it's built is mostly a blank slate at this point.

A "Seating Summit" is being held next Tuesday evening at Daniel-Meyer, at which school officials will discuss with fans the new pricing structure for football tickets amongst other things. The big rumor, for a while, has been that the student section will be moved to approximately where Section V was in the old stadium.

So here's your daily discussion for the day. How much do you plan on having to pay for season tickets next year and going forward? Where do you think common folk like us will be sitting in the new stadium? What other fan experience features would you like to see incorporated in the new Amon G?

Meet the Future Frogs: Devonte Fields

Devonte Fields is the first recruit we're profiling in our lead up to National Signing Day, because he's the first of them that you'll be able to see in action as he'll take part in the Under Armour All-America Game Thursday night on ESPN. But he may also be one of the first of the Class of 2012 to hit the field in game action for the Frogs.

Fields, a 6'4" 240lb defensive end who's been clocked running a 4.6 forty, follows directly in the footsteps of Deryck Gildon from Bog Wager's powerful program at Arlington Martin to TCU. This year Fields helped guide the Warriors deeper into the playoffs than they've ever been, and was named 1st Team All-State by the AP.

Rivals awarded Fields four stars, and ranks him as the 12th best defensive end in the country, the 22nd-best overall recruit in Texas and the 165th-best overall recruit in the country. He committed to TCU back on April 29th and never really wavered from there despite acquiring scholarship offers from several Pac 12, Big 12, Big Ten and SEC programs.

On paper, Fields may be the best defensive end prospect to ever come to TCU. But as we've learned over the years, a recruit's potential doesn't mean anything unless he fulfills it at the next level. This is one "paper tiger" that I'm pretty excited about, though. I couldn't find a free highlight tape of his on youtube, but here is his Q&A session from the Under Armour Game:


Morning Dump


Football:

Glasgow returning to TCU staff Star-Telegram


Basketball:

TCU men searching for better defensive effort against Rice Star-Telegram

TCU-Rice preview gofrogs.com