Keaton Torre is driven. Just after one interview with the young man, you can hear in his voice how much he wants another chance to perform in front of the TCU coaching staff. After TCU showed heavy interest in the Spring, the young QB says he struggled at the worst possible time. He fears that he may have lost a golden opportunity and now wants a chance to redeem himself.
"Coach Cumbie came down to a couple of my spring practices and I'll be completely honest with you, my spring wasn't that great" he said. "We're really young so it was really a learning process for us but when Coach Cumbie came out, I didn't have my greatest outings."
"He was the first coach to really heavily start looking at me and in some way I really feel like I blew it during the spring to get that offer."
While it may sound a bit extreme, its just further illustration that recruits are feeling the pressure to perform sooner and sooner if they want to land on a team's radar.
With a talent like Torre, someone will give him a shot, but the young leader wants to show what he's really all about.
"Coach Cumbie came to three of my practices in a two week span" said Torre. "Going down to TCU this weekend is somewhat like a chance to get my name back and be more consistent."
"Showing them who I truly am is a big thing for me as to why I'm going to TCU this weekend."
While the young prospect has only had a couple of opportunities to see programs up close, he says he's looking forward to this trip in a big way.
"I'm taking an unofficial visit in the morning right before the camp" he said. "I'll be kind of touring the facilities and stuff like that but I've heard its a beautiful place down there."
"I hear the campus is like no other so I'm excited to see the atmosphere and what its like down there."With interest coming in from programs like TCU, Texas, Auburn, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Louisville and Texas Tech, Torre knows he'll have to perform at camps to land the coveted offers he seeks.
On top of performing at camps, college coaches will look to see if Torre steps up in the absence of Justice Hansen, who signed with OU as part of the class of 2014. Torre knows its his time to lead, and that's what he plans on doing.
"Last year, I didn't get a lot of time" said Torre. "I started only half way through the season, and being behind Justice Hansen was a little difficult and I had to be patient and wait my time."
"We just have to come together more as a team" said the rising Junior. "We've kind of been spread out and not playing as a whole team. We've had one type of athlete that did their thing but its really important for us come together as a team and be one unit."
Torre went on to explain what it will take to show his team that he wants win and that he'll do whatever it takes to make it happen.
"As far as me being a leader, it doesn't have to always be vocally, it can be just my actions" he said. "In the weight room, at practice, in school or just all of the little things we need to do for the leadership to come out of the people we need it from."
Torre knows what's on the line Friday and he's ready to face the challenge head on. Like he said in his own words, the Santa Fe High School QB from Edmonton, OK wants another shot to prove himself to the staff. He'll have his chance and their full attention.