TCU Looking At Longview Recruits

With the 2009 recruiting class signed, Gary Patterson and his staff have already made offers to some of the best Texas high school players for the class of 2010. That includes two very talented athletes from Longview High School in East Texas. BigPurpleNation caught up with Longview Head Coach John King to discuss his two rising stars.

With the 2009 recruiting class signed, Gary Patterson and his staff have already made offers to some of the best Texas high school players for the class of 2010. That includes two very talented athletes from Longview High School in East Texas. BigPurpleNation caught up with Longview Head Coach John King to discuss his two rising stars.

Last season, Longview High School made it all the way to the 4A State Championship game, where they lost to recently signed Texas Longhorn quarterback Garrett Gilbert and Lake Travis. The Lobos were able to go far due largely in part to the great play of quarterback Aaron Johnson and running back Tyler McCray. Johnson threw for 1,100 yards and rushed for 772, accounting for 10 touchdowns on the ground. McCray rushed for 1,443 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in 13 games.

The two players have caught the attention of the Frogs and Coach King said both are excited to hold offers from TCU.

"Our kids look at an offer from TCU the same as an offer from Texas, Texas A&M or Texas Tech," he said. "Knowing the experiences our players have had who attended TCU and the school's success over the last ten years have puts them in the top tier of offers."

Coach King said both players will have to continue to work hard in order to have success again next season and beyond. He has talked to McCray about handling the challenge of being the focus of a defense's game plan.

"He will be a marked man next year because he was new to the scene this season," King said. "People will scheme their defenses to try and stop him."

King said getting players receiving offers from TCU is not just great from an athletic standpoint

"The biggest thing it helps us with is grades," King said. "Kids that need a little extra motivation get that offer and all of the sudden the light comes on."

King Proud of Robert Henson:

Ex-Longview Lobo and TCU standout Robert Henson has made his ex-coach very proud and not just because of the linebacker's excellence on the field.

"The biggest thing I'm proud of Robert about is that he is six hours away from getting his degree," King said. "There was a time in his early years of high school when we didn't know if that was going to be possible. But TCU did a great job of molding him into a fine young man and great football player."


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