A season update on the nine commitments in the 2014 class- what they've done and where they're…
TCU Recruiting Hot Hits
Greg Powers: You look at their roster and they've got guys that are NFL caliber sitting on it right now. I think the perception is that TCU recruiting is up coming off of last year's class, when honestly, I think the perception of last year's class was a little off. TCU signed a lot of high quality, high level three-star guys, and we talked about this a lot last year; the three-star guys they were able to get were the top end three-star guys. They were right there with the top four-stars. If you look at the last 30 four-stars and the first 30 three-stars, all those guys are so closely knit, it's hard to really differentiate between them. But as the one who handles the rankings, you have to put them in some order, slim margin or none, knowing not everyone is going to be happy. One thing is certain, though. They are all going to be names you hear on Saturdays and they are all going to do special things for this program. Jeremy Clark: Heck, they've been contending nationally for the last few years. It's just more noticeable now that they're on the Big 12 stage and they're getting more guys from the DFW area. They're keeping those prospects at home and building that pride to bring that national championship home to the DFW area. You got names like Foster Sawyer, Nick Orr, Ty Barrett… they are heavily recruiting their own backyard. --------------------- TCU has two very different, but both equally talented quarterbacks committed in the 2014 class in four-star Foster Sawyer and the dual-threat Grayson Muehlstein. Advantage or problem? In a head-to-head battle, who wins the quarterback job, and how do you keep both happy? GP: "Easy. The guy I have rated highest wins," Powers joked. "No, seriously, I tihnk the guy who can lead the offense wins. You see an interesting QB battle going on at Oklahoma right now. Three-star Trevor Knight taking on five-star talent Blake Bell. Blake Bell is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds with a raw arm, great speed and 24 touchdowns already scored and he gets beat out by Trevor Knight. Why? Yeah, Knight may be a little smaller than the rest, little slower than Bell, but what he has and what I think helped him win the job is his ability to make quick decisions and be a leader. The guy who wins the quarterback job is the guy you can trust." JC: We've all gotten to see Grayson Muehlstein quite a bit since his Elite 11 performance and I think we can all agree he has improved tremendously since then. He's still 6-4, 205. He's a 4.5 (40-yard dash) guy, and like I said on our forum, that kind of combination of size and speed is hard to find. I give Greg a hard time, but I think he did a great job ranking these guys. I think Grayson's ceiling is higher than Foster's right now, but if I had to pick who I wanted as my quarterback right now, I'd probably have to go with Foster just because he's farther along; but down the road, I like Grayson's ability to be a dual threat for TCU's offense- much like an Andy Dalton. He could become that type of player. GP: And keep in mind, when you have two talented guys like Foster Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein, I don't think it's necessarily fair to say one wins and the other doesn't. 6-4, 205 that runs a 4.5 forty, there are other positions available for a guy that caliber. Grayson Muehlstein's a great football player. He's a guy who leads. If it doesn't work out at quarterback, this kid could be a 6-4, 250 and line up at tight end very easily. --------------------- In every class, you have those prospects that are a bit overlooked, maybe lower-ranked. They step on campus and take off, and all of a sudden they're a name we're all talking about. Who is that in this class? JC: I'd have to go with Jarrell Owens. I've seen him quite a bit this year and he's still a bit under the radar. Not a lot of people have gone out to Palestine (TX) to see him. Greg and I saw him at TCU's Kilgore camp and you and I saw him at TCU's camp in June. He's just a beast. 6-foot-3, 245 pounds and very athletic. What do you think when you think TCU defensive ends? Athletic. They are all athletic coming out of high school. Don't be surprised if he's contending for that spot opposite Devonte Fields in a year. GP: Nick Orr's my pick. He's a great football player. He may have to transition to cornerback when he gets to college, but as a safety for DeSoto he was the team leader, the heart and soul of the defense. Now they gave up a lot of points last year, but Nick Orr's a very savvy football player with a great lineage. That's my sleeper pick for TCU. He's guy who may be under the radar, a little smaller, maybe not as fast as most but he's going to play at TCU. For more on recruiting and all things TCU, keep it on HornedFrogBlitz.com and FOXSportsNEXT.
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