Porter Flips Back To TCU

TCU made a huge recruiting splash on Thursday afternoon in getting a commitment from Dallas Lincoln receiver Emanuel Porter, who confirmed that commitment on Friday morning.

Recruiting never ends; well, that is at least until signing day. As the saying goes, it's a marathon, not a sprint. In the weeks leading up to signing day, if you blink you're liable to miss some incredible news or in some cases; bad news.

TCU fans rest easy; the news you received on Thursday afternoon definitely falls in the "incredible" category.

On Thursday, the Frogs landed a big time switch from a player that's not a new name, but a very familiar one; Dallas Lincoln receiver Emmanuel Porter.

Rated as a four-star and nation's No. 54 receiver by Scout.com, the one time commitment to TCU switched back to TCU after being committed to Texas since last summer. Despite his commitment to the Longhorns, that didn't slow down the recruitment from TCU and more importantly, Frogs' receivers coach Curtis Luper.

"In the past few weeks me and my mom have just sat and talked about it," Porter said of his decision to switch back to TCU. "We decided it's the best fit for me and best place to be at. My mom said it's a great school and told me it's my decision on wherever I go."

After much thought, Porter decided it was the right time to make the switch and called TCU head coach Gary Patterson to give him the news.

"He was happy, he was real happy," Porter said of Patterson's reaction.

Despite Porter's prior commitment to the Longhorns, Luper remained resilient in his efforts to land Porter. Porter even made on official visit to TCU on what is regarded as Texas' biggest recruiting weekend which happens during the annual football banquet on December 14th. Porter admits his and Luper's relationship never changed even after his switch to Texas.

"Once I committed we still had the same relationship when I was a Longhorn commitment," he said of Luper. "It's like the relationship never changed."

Porter also admits his official visit that weekend to TCU also played a factor in his decision. It helps when you have future teammates such as Frank Kee, Kenny Iloka, Jarrell Owens and Ty Barrett on the same visit.

"I know it was a good feeling, everyone was family and we got along with everyone," Porter said of his official visit. "I can honestly say it helped out too."

Many will question whether or not the resignation of Mack Brown and release of other coaches on the Texas staff including Darrell Wyatt played a part in Porter's decision. According to Porter, he said the changes did play a small part in his decision.

"It did a little bit," he said.

While the staff changes at Texas had little effect on Porter's decision, he says his relationship with Luper and the TCU coaches overweighed the changes at Texas. The Frogs were the first program to offer Porter prior to his junior season.

When asked if it weighed on his mind that the Frogs were the first team to see his potential Porter wasted little time giving an answer.

"Yes it did," he said.

Porter said TCU's change of offensive philosophy didn't play a huge part in his decision, but he admits he's excited to play in the new style of offense. What expectations do the TCU coaches have for Porter?

"They told me to come and work hard and fight for it(playing time); to earn it really," he said.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder with 4.4 speed has picked up recent interest from LSU and UCLA among others. Word on Tuesday is that Porter would take official visits to Texas, LSU and UCLA in the coming weeks. Does he plan to still take those visits?

"No sir, I'm not going to take any visits," he said.

Porter hauled in 40 catches for 651 yards and 7 scores in 2013.

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