BlitzInsider: 6/8 PART 1

HornedFrogBlitz.com gets the TCU fan caught up with the latest recruiting info on Horned Frogs prospects.

Montravious Adams (Dooly County HS, Georgia) is one of the most explosive defensive players in the 2013 class. His quickness off the ball and strength have earned him the distinction of being the top ranked defensive tackle in the nation by Fox Sports/Scout.com.

The nation's #6 prospect talked with HornedFrogBlitz in a phone interview Wednesday about his recruiting and his views on TCU.

"Lately I have been hearing from pretty much everybody," Adams said. "Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, TCU. Alabama and Florida have been coming to my school to see me."

"At Tennessee, I have been talking to the defensive coordinator, Coach Sunseri, and the defensive line coach," Adams noted. "Actually I will be in Knoxville this weekend for an unofficial [visit]."

Adams said that when he has heard from TCU, they have emphasized his ability to be an impact player for the Frogs.

"They were talking to me about what all I could play in their [system], and that I would have a chance to start early as a freshman. I could be a big time player for them," Adams continued.

The Frogs are just one of dozens to have offered the mammoth defensive tackle, but Adams said he has been hearing from TCU almost as much as anybody.

"You know I am going to wait it out until signing day [to decide], but I've been hearing form TCU just a lot."

"This summer I am going to work on more moves for a blitz, and work on my speed," Adams said.

Lastly, Adams said he was unsure when he would be able to travel to Fort Worth for a visit. (Apple)

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Earlier this week HornedFrogBlitz.com caught up with Mineola, Texas linebacker Dac Shaw to get the latest in his recruitment.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder currently holds offers from Texas Tech and Baylor and is receiving strong interest from TCU, Texas A&M, SMU and Boise State among others.

As for TCU, Shaw was expected to attend last week's satellite camp in Kilgore but was unable to make it. However, he confirmed on Thursday night that he plans to be in attendance at Friday's camp in the afternoon session.

Although he doesn't hold an offer from the Frogs, he's hoping to receive one from them soon. That will depend heavily on how well he performs in front of head coach Gary Patterson. Word is if he performs the way he's expected to, an offer could possibly come according to Shaw.

That's good news for Frog fans considering Shaw has had TCU on top throughout the process.

"I know TCU is my #1 school right now," Shaw said earlier this week. (Clark)

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The state of Texas is loaded with good quarterbacks for the 2013 class. Among the players that's drawing more interest is Lake Travis signal caller Baker Mayfield. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder led the Cavaliers to their fifth consecutive class 4A state championship in 2011.

In the process, Mayfield put up video game-like numbers completing 247-of-378 passes for 3,788 yards with 45 touchdowns. He also added 754 yards and 10 scores on the ground.

Mayfield received his first offer from Washington State and has added offers from New Mexico, Rice and most recently Florida Atlantic. Others, including TCU, are showing strong interest.

"I got Florida Atlantic last week," he said. "North Carolina and Wake Forest are close I think. And TCU, I just have to go to a camp and talk to them personally and see where I'm at."

TCU visited Mayfield twice in the spring and according to the gunslinger, he just needs to have a good performance in front of head coach Gary Patterson to possibly garner an offer.

"They have, they visited my school twice," he said. "They said I'm pretty high up there but they said I need to come to their camp because Coach Patterson wants to see me personally so we'll see how that goes after that."

Mayfield says academics and his relationship with his future coaching staff are the most important factors in his decision.

"Academic wise it's got to be a good school but I don't know what I'm going to do yet," Mayfield said. "Coaching wise, I have to have a relationship with them because I'm used to growing up here in Lake Travis and I have a good relationship with them. Location wise, if it's a good coaching staff, I'll go far out for them."

With four offers on the table, Mayfield says one program is currently sitting at the top of his list. He's hoping two more schools will come into the picture with offers.

"Washington State is up there on my list," he said. "The schools that I'm waiting on are TCU and Oklahoma. Washington State is up there because they've offered already."

One benefit the Frogs' have in their corner is Mayfield's relationship with 2012 signee Griffin Gilbert. The best friends often talk about TCU and how much Gilbert is already enjoying his time on campus.

"I know it's a great school. Griffin is already up there and he's my best friend and he loves it up there and he's only been there for three days. I talk to him about it; they have a great offense and great coaching staff. That's pretty much what I know."

Also a first basemen for Lake Travis' baseball team, Mayfield and his teammates will be in the class 4A state tournament this weekend with hopes to add yet another piece of championship hardware to their loaded trophy case. (Clark)

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The Frogs held a satellite mini-camp in Plano Thursday morning and according to word out of camp one player who impressed was Denton Guyer receiver Ellis Jefferson.

Blessed with a 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame, Jefferson definitely fits the mold of a big bodied receiver. He currently holds offers from Colorado, Mississippi State, North Texas, Purdue and Tulsa.

Jefferson is hoping his performance at TCU's camp on Thursday will be enough to merit an offer from the Horned Frogs.

"I did real well, I think I did well on my forty but I don't know what I ran," he said. "The coaches said I did real good and that they were going to get together in the next few days to discuss how I did and what they're going to do. Hopefully I get an offer."

Jefferson also attended an Oklahoma camp earlier this week and was regarded as one of the top performers in Norma as well. Although he didn't receive an offer from the Sooners, he knows he's at least on their radar.

"They said it's all about numbers, they've already given out an offer for a receiver this year and they don't know when they're going to give another offer to a receiver," Jefferson said. (Clark)

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Perhaps the fastest rising prospect in north Texas in recent weeks is Frisco Centennial cornerback Ranthony Texada.

The rising prospect has offers from Air Force, Baylor, Colorado State, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Navy, Nevada, ULM, UNLV and Wyoming.

Texada attended TCU's mini-camp in Plano on Thursday and the word out of camp was he was the most impressive player in attendance. He hopes his performance was enough to receive an offer from TCU and he hopes to hear that news on Friday.

"I think they're going to offer tomorrow, they want me to give them a call," Texada said. "I ran a 4.33 in the forty and a 3.7 shuttle. Nobody caught any passes on me today during one-on-one's. Coach Jennings told me I'm one of the best DB's they've seen so far so they want me to give them a call tomorrow so hopefully it'll be an offer. Coach Patterson said he was impressed with my speed and asked if I ran track and I told him I did. He said he loved my skills and everything."

Texada admits he's always had a high interest in the Frogs and says if they come through with an offer, they would sit among the top schools on his list.

"Yes, I'm real interested," he said. "If they offer, they'd definitely be a top school of mine. It's close to home and I like their scheme and everything. I think it would be a good fit."

Texada feels Mississippi State and Vanderbilt could be the next programs to extend an offer. Regardless who he hears from, he knows the relationship with the coaches is vital to his decision.

"I'm just looking for a place where I have a good relationship with the coaches and somewhere I can help contribute to the team," Texada said.

Although an offer from the Frogs would put them high on his list of favorites, Texada doesn't plan to make a commitment if he receives an offer because he still wants to see other programs.

"I still want to wait some things out because there's still some schools that I want to go check out this summer," he said. (Clark)

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Dutchtown, Louisiana receiver Shelby Christy is yet another prospect that has seen his recruitment skyrocket since spring evaluations began. At 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, Christy blends a mixture of good size and speed and colleges have taken notice.

On the table for Christy are reported offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Houston, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Southern Miss and TCU.

"It's going good, I'm taking it day by day. I'm getting plenty of interest," Christy said of the recruiting process.

LSU is another program that has shown strong interest and Christy recently took part in one of the Tigers' one day camps.

"I just went to the LSU camp yesterday and it went good," he said. "I showed the best of my abilities and they said they were going to continue to evaluate me through the rest of July. I'm just waiting to see what happens."

Christy has three other camp destinations he plans on attending this summer.

"I'm going to visit Mississippi State and Alabama pretty soon and TCU's in July," Christy said of his next camp destinations.

Christy says he has developed a strong relationship with TCU receiver coach Trey Haverty since the Frogs entered the picture over a month ago. He already knew a little about the Frogs, particularly their successful rise into the college football elite in recent years.

"They've been showing a lot of interest. I've been talking to coach Haverty on Facebook pretty much every day and he's been writing me," he said. "I've been watching TCU ever since I was little, I've always liked TCU. I watched them when they were not as good to now. I've seen the Rose Bowl and all of that. I always liked TCU and how they came out of nowhere."

What has the coach told Christy about TCU?

"He told me I would love it. He kind of lured me in when he told me the girl to guy ratio," Christy said laughing. "He also said I would have a good opportunity to play early."

As for a decision, Christy hopes to start narrowing things down later this summer. He says proximity, academics and atmosphere are among the factors he's looking at.

"I might narrow it down toward the end of the summer to a top five," he said. "I'm looking at academics, location, does it feel like home, playing time and the conference."

While most kids from Louisiana grow up watching the LSU Tigers, surprisingly enough Christy says he spent his youth watching another team.

"I actually grew up watching Southern University because my brother played there and I really didn't get a chance to see LSU when I was little because I was so surrounded by Southern," he said. (Clark)

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On Tuesday night the Frogs added their fifth commitment of their 2013 class when Springtown, Texas tight end Bryson Burtnett pulled the trigger shortly after receiving his offer. On Wednesday, Burtnett made the commitment official when he had the chance to visit campus and talk with head coach Gary Patterson.

"I saw all of the facilities, they were amazing," Burtnett said. "We got to see all of the new suites, the weight room, locker room, that's going to be one heck of a facility. That's the first time I've been on campus for a while."

While some may see Burtnett's future at a variety of positions, Burtnett says Patterson assured him he was brought in as a tight end and deep snapper. In fact, Patterson mentioned to Burtnett that it would be interesting to see which tight end prospect would pull the trigger next.

"We talked for a while and he told some stories about past players and we just had small talk about how they're bringing in this great class for 2012 and they just signed one of the best classes they've ever had. He said we're happy to have you and he asked if he was committing to us and I told him yes sir, I'm here. He said that's good, we're excited to have you.

"He said it would be a race between the other two guys to see who will commit for that last spot and by the time we made it out of there Charlie Reid had already committed."

Burtnett will have the opportunity to play earlier as a deep snapper with the graduation of Daniel Shelley at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

"He said we're bringing you on as a tight end and deep snapper and I'll probably see the field a lot earlier as a deep snapper before tight end," Burtnett finished. (Clark)

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When TCU branches out and holds their satellite camps at campuses across the state, it gives the coaching staff a chance to see prospects that they might not normally get to see in person. One such prospect is Katy Seven Lakes WR, To'torrian Vaughns.

The 5'8" 175 pound playmaking receiver showed out at the Deer Park camp and turned heads with his 4.45 forty. I caught up with the sleeper prospect to get his thoughts on the recruiting process and his performance at the camp.

"I went to the camp at Deer park and I went there as a receiver" said Vaughns. "We did heights, weights, verticals, 40's, one on ones and then we did seven on seven."

Vaughns went on to talk about the experience he had after the seven on seven, explaining what is was like to be held after the camp for extra work with the TCU staff.

"After 7 on 7, they picked the best three to go against the DB's and I was one of those three" he said. "After we did one on ones with the DB's, he got my email and my phone number and said that he would like to offer me in the future once they see my tapes and see me during the football season. It went really well though."

As of right now, Vaughns isn't garnering much interest for football but he has a couple of programs watching him for track. He says TCU is the only school talking to him for football at the moment.

"Lamar University and U of H for track and field are the ones I'm hearing from the most" said Vaughns. "TCU is the only school I'm hearing from for football at the moment.

With the Frogs the only school looking his direction, Vaughns has a camp schedule lined out that will hopefully change all of that.

"Sunday I have the National Underclassman Combine" said Vaughns. "Then I have the Oklahoma camp, the Baylor camp and then Texas Tech, that will it as far as camps go."

For the moment Vaughns is in the sleeper category but after his camp tour, he may not be quite the secret he is now. Stay tuned on this one. (Glenn)

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A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME 2014 PROSPECTS

TCU has already offered two 2014 offensive line prospects with Cameron Robinson and Braden Smith securing offers from the Frogs over the spring. Another hot prospect who could be next to receive an offer from the 2014 class is FW All Saints offensive lineman Demetrius Knox.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder already holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech. He's also receiving strong interest from Texas, Florida, USC and TCU among many others. Knox says it's been a few weeks since he's last spoken with TCU but he knows one of his teammates recently committed to the Horned Frogs.

"The last time I talked to them was a good week or two ago but Charlie (Reid) committed to them yesterday and Coach Beck had dinner with them last night," Knox said.

The big lineman will be at TCU's mini-camp on Friday morning and hopes to do well enough to get an offer from the coaching staff.

"I'm going to be doing all of the linemen drills at the camp and I hope to get another look around the athletic facilities and chat with the coaches a bit," Knox said. (Clark)

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2014 cornerback Cedric Collins stood out so much in his sophomore campaign that the 5'10, 175- pounder has already amassed 9 offers.

Six of those offers come from the Big 12 conference, and Collins says TCU has been one of the most involved schools in his recruitment thus far.

"I have been talking to TCU for a while ever since I went down to junior day," Collins explained. "I have a great relationship with Coach Jennings and he was talking to me about how I can fit in their system."

"He was saying that like since they run a 4-2-5 there is a lot of opportunities for defensive backs to compete for playing time. TCU is a good place for defensive backs."

Other than TCU, Collins said that he has been hearing from Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Baylor the most.

The Frogs sit in a good position with Collins who said that he will make sure to not forget which teams have shown interest in him the longest.

"Having an early relationship will make a big difference down the line. I will have that comfortable factor with those schools and those coaches," Collins said.

Collins also explained that it would not take much of an adjustment from a defensive back's standpoint to switch from a 4-3 to TCU's 4-2-5 system.

Collins explained, "We play a 4-3 in high school but it really doesn't make much difference. This summer I just want to work on my reactions and obviously continue to work on my speed and strength."(Apple)

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Cedric Collins is not the only 2014 defensive back that TCU has its eye on thus far. Brandon Simmons from Mansfield Timberview also has TCU on his radar.

Simmons has already accrued 11 offers despite just finishing his sophomore season.

"Lately I have been talking to Tech, LSU mostly, but I do have offers from several schools," Simmons said.

Simmons said all the early interest has been a blessing.

"Honestly it is a very fun process. It is stressful but fun to get to visit several schools and see their traditions and what not. I am just enjoying it and enjoying the ride," Simmons said.

As one of the top safeties from Texas in the class of 2014, Simmons has already been visited at his school by several schools.

"TCU came down to visit me, Edward Paris, and Trevor Walker, so I know that they are interested."

Simmons said he does not have any plans to attend TCU yet, but his teammate Josh Smith will travel to TCU this Friday.

When asked the question of what Simmons is looking for in a school, the 6'2 safety responded, "They need to have what I want to do [academically] if football doesn't come through, and it needs to be a home away from home that I can enjoy socially. And of course, they have to have good football."

"TCU hasn't gotten into too much detail with me so far, they just wanted to let me know that they were interested," Simmons continued.

Much like Cedric Collins, Simmons said these early relationships will make a difference down the line.

"Oh yes. They will definitely make a difference. After seeing all the schools that put their name in the hat early, they definitely have a special place in my heart, so they might have an advantage," Simmons finished.

Simmons will attend the Tech camp on Monday, and LSU's camp later this summer. He will also attend a 7-on-7 camp in New York. (Apple)

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TCU will host a mini-camp on Friday that will be broken up into two different sessions; linemen and defensive linemen in the morning and skill positions in the afternoon. Several big names are expected to be at both sessions and here's a look at just a few of the top players who plan to be in attendance.

Dac Shaw
Cameron Echols-Luper
Alex Mayes
Connor Mayes
Sergio Phillips
Anthony Canady
Wesley Harris
Bobby Jackson
Keyshawn Henderson
John Shilleci
Shaun Nixon
Xavier Phillips
Demetrius Knox
Daniel Gresham
Willie Ivery
Larry Pryor
Matthew Barnes
Jason Reese

Frog fans, this is just half of what the staff of HornedFrogBlitz.com has in this week's BlitzInsider. Join now to get caught up on the latest in Horned Frog recruiting!


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