Now that the Frogs have completed their 2013 season, the coaches have turned up their efforts on the recruiting trail.
The Frogs will have another big weekend on campus this week with over a handful of prospects making official visits. Among those planning to be in attendance is Dallas Lincoln receiver Derrick Neal.
Neal has had an interesting recruiting process.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder was a one time commitment to Texas Tech for football but decided that he was going to hang up his cleats after high school and instead play college basketball, committing to UT-Arlington. It was a decision Neal made partly because of his twin brother Erick, who is also a basketball standout.
However, after another long thought process, Neal is once again planning on playing football in college instead of basketball. Neal enjoyed a successful senior season for Lincoln, rushing for 486 yards with 5 scores and hauling in 22 passes for 256 yards and three more scores on offense. He added 46 tackles with 5 interceptions (1 for a touchdown) and 11 PBU's on defense.
TCU has shown recent interest in Neal, who is being recruited by Frogs' receivers coach Curtis Luper. Neal feels an offer could be forthcoming and he will waste little time making a decision.
"We've been talking for a while," he said of his conversations with TCU. "If they offer, I'm going to commit."
It's easy for Neal to be familiar with TCU. His head coach, Zarnell Fitch, played for TCU head coach Gary Patterson in the mid-2000's.
"I know that Coach Patterson is a great coach along with the rest of the coaching staff," Neal said. "They also have a good program that I want to be a part of."
Baylor is another program hot on the trail for Neal.
"I want to visit there too," Neal said.