There’s something in the water in Louisiana - and whatever it is, TCU wants Louisiana’s young men to be drinking it by the bucket.
There are now 11 total players on the Horned Frogs’ roster who call Louisiana home, with some of those names becoming some of the biggest in Fort Worth.
Already known for big brawlers such as Tevin Lawson and Chris Bradley, the latest Beasts from the Boot are featuring packs of speed demons like DeShawn Raymond, Torrance Mosley and KaVontae Turpin.
Turpin is quickly becoming the biggest name of the three, as the true freshman is already being compared to former TCU standout Jeremy Kerley, now a member of the New York Jets.
The last of TCU’s signing class in 2014, Turpin hardly cracked the scene of recruiting. He was undersized at 5-foot-9 and just barely over 150 pounds while soaking wet. However, the two-star recruit out of Monroe’s Neville High School brought a blazing speed to the field and played a crucial part to Neville’s state championship run.
Additionally, Turpin brings one of the most infectious positive attitudes to TCU as well.
“I’m not sure if he’s ever had a bad day,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson during his post-game press conference on Saturday. “I mean, he’s always smiling.”
Patterson heaped praise on the young man after his performance against the Texas Longhorns last week, as Turpin caught for 125 yards and four touchdowns - often blowing away coverage with his speed. His efforts got him a Big 12 Player of the Week award, and another note in the history of Louisiana recruits.
Just three games into the season, Turpin has 245 yards and six touchdowns on 14 catches, all stats to be good enough to be second only to TCU school record holder Josh Doctson. Not bad for a kid whose only major offers were to Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech and TCU. Again, must be something in the water over there in the Pelican State.
Louisiana has been a fertile recruiting ground for TCU in years past, particularly with focus cities like Monroe. In addition to Turpin, former Frog and defensive tackle standout Chucky Hunter hailed from the city, as do current Frogs McFarland and Lathan.
Knowing the landscape that lays before him in the state just east of Texas, Gary Patterson’s already hitting the iron hot for his upcoming recruiting classes, with 11 players from Louisiana currently being targeted by the Horned Frogs.
Three-star offensive lineman Kelton Hollins is the most noticeable of the recruits as of right now. Already committed to the Horned Frogs in TCU’s recruiting class of 2016, the 6’3, 290 lb big man is already trying to help out in tapping the Louisiana pipeline for the Frogs.
Sci Martin, another TCU target, is what Frog fans can hope will be the continuation of mean, crushing Louisiana defensive linemen. The 6’4, 220 pounder has 21 offers, including Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU and Texas. Martin officially met with the Sooners on October 2, and unofficially visited TCU back on July 28.
Three-star Bastop (La.) tight end/defensive lineman Travez Moore has South Carolina, TCU and LSU in his final three as of Sept. 29. He’s told Scout that he expects to commit to a school sometime after October 30, and he expects to visit TCU on an official trip in January. Teammate Isaiah Graham, a three-star receiver, has TCU in his top 5, along with Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Miami (FL). He is expected to make a decision on Oct. 30.
Four-star receiver Stephen Sullivan de-committed from LSU over the summer to open up his recruiting again, and TCU remains as one of Sullivan’s top possible schools. He attended LSU’s home opener against Auburn on Sept. 19 and is expected to take an official visit to Florida State on Oct. 17.
If the trend continues to go for TCU’s recruits from Louisiana, expect Hollins - and whoever comes along with him - to keep up the legacy of great Louisianan Horned Frogs.