Poock Recaps TCU Visit

Iowa Western linebacker Cody Poock visited TCU last weekend.

TCU ended their 2013 season last Saturday with a tough loss to the Baylor Bears in front of a packed Amon G. Carter stadium. Among those in attendance were several targets the Frogs' coaching staff is pursuing.

Among the talented prospects in attendance was Iowa Western linebacker Cody Poock (pronounced Polk).

With ten commitments currently in the fold for the Frogs, the class could take as many as twenty signees before it's all said and done. Poock received an offer from Gary Patterson while in town for the official visit.

"I enjoyed it, it was a good time," Poock said of the TCU visit. "I enjoyed the facilities, players, coaches; everything. The atmosphere of the game was pretty sweet."

Despite the Frogs' loss, Poock was impressed with the Frogs' performance, particularly on defense. TCU held Baylor to just 370 total yards, well below their season average of over 600 yards per game. Poock says the opportunity to play for a defensive mind such as Patterson is enticing.

"I think they played well and that's a big thing," he said. "They pretty much shut them out. Coach Patterson is one of the best defensive minds in the nation and that's a big thing."

Poock was hosted on his visit by Tyler Matthews. On Sunday Poock along with Iowa Western teammate Sebastian Tretola had a lot of one-on-one time with Patterson.

"We went over to his house after lunch, he took Sebastian and me and we just chilled out on his balcony, it was really nice," he said. "He's got a hallway that's like forty yards. We were in one of his rooms and I saw a guitar and asked if he played that and he started playing. It was good."

Several teams are in pursuit of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Poock. He's received offers from Illinois, New Mexico, Minnesota and TCU among others.

Poock was a full qualifier out of high school and will sign to his future school later this month. His path to the D-1 level took a year-long route, but he's happy he now has the opportunity to play major college football.

"I just had a few D1-AA offers and Division 2 offers coming out of high school and my coach was friends with coach Stroh (Mike Strohemeier) and I knew he put guys out. If you make plays and do the right things he'll get you out of here. That's what happened in my recruitment, it's taken off ever since."

Poock's visit to Ft. Worth wasn't the first time he's visited the city. Earlier this season Iowa Western played Trinity Valley in the season opener and his team even had the opportunity to practice at TCU. Prior to his return trip Poock admitted he wasn't completely sure he'd like TCU or the surrounding area.

That quickly changed.

"At first I was kind of iffy about it then when I got down there and I liked it down there, it was sweet. There was nice weather, nice everything," he said. "At first when I got there I was thinking I was a Midwest guy but after seeing it all I really don't even care; I'll go wherever, I'm a grown man and I can be away from my family."

With just weeks until he has to make a decision, Poock says two schools stand out at the moment.

"Right now it's between TCU and Minnesota but I'm sure other colleges are going to come in and offer late," he said. "But it's between TCU and Minnesota right now. I like the coaches, they're both good guys, the facilities are both nice."

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