Clint Gresham received a scholarship from Gary Patterson in 2008 just as a long snapper. Gresham by the way has spent the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. The current long snapper for TCU is fifth year senior Daniel Shelley, who is entering his third year as a starter so again, the need to fill the position can't be overlooked.
That's why TCU invited one of the area's best long snappers to a recent junior day; All Saints' Kaleb Smith. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was one of just a handful of prospects who were invited.
"I liked it a lot, I really enjoyed my visit," Smith said. "I spent the day with Coach Sharp, I really enjoyed him. The new facilities look real nice and just their program; I've grown up just outside of Ft. Worth and always been a TCU fan."
The message has been sent to Smith that TCU will look to fill the position with the loss of Shelley at the end of the season. He's just not sure if he will be given an offer or a preferred walk-on spot; it depends on how he does in the spring.
"Coach Sharp told me he was going to come watch me during our spring football and said that he would judge me on that," Smith said. "They'll deep snapper this year will be a fifth year senior so they need one and right now if they think I can be the starting deep snapper than it looks like I can get a scholarship or at least a preferred walk-on."
Smith has grown up in the area all of his life and like other Ft. Worth natives, he has a lot of admiration toward the program.
"It's a great program; Gary Patterson has done an amazing job with them," Smith said of TCU. "I think that would be a great team to play for. I went to about four games this past year and a couple before that."
Smith says TCU isn't the only school showing him a lot of interest.
2011 was his first season at All Saints after transferring from Aledo. Smith says while the team did well last season, the expectations are even higher in 2012.
"I've enjoyed it here, the program is unbelievable for the size of the school being a private school," he said. "I love it. We should be good this year, we were good last year but we should be better this year."
Smith plans to attend the spring game at OSU and participate in special teams camps at Arkansas, Texas, Auburn and possibly Iowa over the summer.