Garner Recaps TCU Junior Day

TCU hosted their second junior day on Saturday and among the list of attendees was College State A&M Consolidated linebacker Riley Garner.

National Signing Day for the class of 2014 was less than a week ago, but TCU has already gotten started on the class of 2015. The Frogs' coaching staff had over 25 recruits attend their second Junior Day, and A&M Consolidated linebacker Riley Garner took in the TCU campus for the first time.

Garner and the rest of the recruits got a chance to see all of the football facilities and First Team All-District linebacker only had positive things to say about the Horned Frogs.

"I really enjoyed it," Garner said about the visit. "Their campus was really nice. All their facilities are nice. Everything seems to be brand new or within 5 years old."

He also mentioned how impressed he was that it took only six donors to build one side of the new Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Garner's parents also made the trip to Fort Worth on Saturday and were impressed with the coaches and the school, in general.

"They liked both the campus and the coaches. They talked about how they would feel comforted leaving me with that coaching staff and that they trusted Gary Patterson."

Linebackers coach DeMontie Cross took some time to go over film and discus Patterson's 4-2-5 defense with the linebackers who visited, and Garner liked what he saw.

"He (Cross) just kind of taught us the basics of their defense and he told us that they run just two inside linebackers and (he showed us) the basic calls that they have. I really liked their schemes and what they're trying to do on defense."

As important as football is to the 6-foot-3, 215- pounder, academics will also play a major role in Garner's college decision. With Duke, Rice and SMU among the schools showing him interest, it is clear that Garner does well in the classroom as well as on the field. TCU's emphasis on a small student-teacher ratio is something that stuck out to him.

"I'm looking for a school that has a great academic program - a school that they really excel academically. I don't want to go to a school that has a low graduation rate. I don't want to go a school that has huge classes where they have a graduate assistant teaching a class. I want the professor teaching me. I want small classes. That's something they were talking about at TCU, that you will know your professor, and he will be the one teaching you, not anyone else. It's small classes, and you'll get to know your professor personally."

Although he has not yet received an offer, he is optimistic about receiving one from the Horned Frogs at some point in the recruiting process.

"There were definitely indications, to me, that an offer could be in the future. Coach Cross and Coach Jennings talked to me about coming up to watch me during spring ball."

Garner also plans to go to Junior Days at SMU, Kansas State and Rice and has also received interest from Colorado and Duke.

After his time in Fort Worth today, Riley said that TCU has become an early favorite as well as Rice and Duke.

Stay tuned to HornedFrogBlitz to get the scoop on Garner's recruitment and the rest of the 2015 class.

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