Whitmill chooses TCU

TCU added their third commitment to their 2013 class Friday afternoon with Bastrop, Texas linebacker Paul Whitmill.

TCU added their third commitment to their 2013 class Friday afternoon when Bastrop, Texas linebacker Paul Whitmill verbally committed to the Horned Frogs.

Whitmill is regarded as not only one of the top linebackers in the Lone Star State, but the entire nation. The 6-1, 200-pounder chose TCU over offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas Tech, Utah and Wake Forest. The talented linebacker also drew heavy interest from Oklahoma, who sent Mike Stoops to Bastrop last week and Texas A&M.

Whitmill is the second commitment at linebacker for TCU, joining Arlington's Sammy Douglas. Whitmill ranks as the #3 outside linebacker in Texas and #32 in the nation.

Bastrop head coach Gerald Perry says the Frogs are getting a special player both on and off the field.

"Paul is just a tremendous athlete, he's a blue collar worker and everything he does he does well," Perry said of Whitmill. "Athletically he's a very strong kid with a lot of speed. For a kid that is his size that can run on our relays especially for us it's a tremendous accomplishment for him.

"He's a tough kid, very intelligent football wise. He's got a 3.0 GPA so he's a good kid in the classroom and a good person to be around. He sheds blockers really well and gets to the ball. Offensively, he's a good runningback. He hasn't carried the ball that much in the past because he plays so much defense, but I expect him to be a 1,500-2,000 yard rusher this season. So, there's alot of expectations for him.

"He's a very humble kid. He's ready to get this recruiting stuff out of the way so he can concentrate on his academics and finish up the spring game."

Perry says the mixture of academics and the feeling of home were the two key factors that led Whitmill to choose TCU.

"It was a tough decision and we talked a lot about it. Academics are important to a kid and their parents and that was really a priority for Paul and his dad especially," he said. "Coming from a small town, that was kind of the atmosphere he wanted at TCU. He thought TCU and Baylor both had small town feels, that's what he liked about both of them. He just came in this morning and said TCU just felt like home. He called Coach Haverty and Coach Patterson at 5 o'clock this afternoon, he was excited about it."

Another key factor Perry said was key in Whitmill's commitment to TCU was his relationship with his recruiter, Trey Haverty.

"I think it was very important, that's the thing with early offers especially; sometimes you wise the offers would slow down a little bit and let the kids enjoy to take official visits but that's not the way things are now," Perry said. "You really have to bond with the guy recruiting you because of the limited contact. To commit this early you better feel good about your junior day visit and good about the people you're about to be with the next 4-5 years.

"It's a great staff (at TCU), we trust the staff and we feel it's going to be a good situation for him to be there. It's good too when your head coach is a defensive guy, that was important to him as well."

Whitmill's commitment fills a huge need for TCU, known as Linebacker U. The Frogs only had three players on scholarship at the position during the spring and signed only A.J. Hilliard in the 2012 class.

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