When you offer freshmen, this tends to happen. Dream school or not.
Likely among the changes Bellazin was referring to is the influx of offers that have poured in for the Baker High School product this offseason. Among the 23 offers he holds to date are Oregon, Georgia, Kansas State, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.
As far as the Horned Frogs are concerned after losing a pledge from a prospect that called TCU his dream school at the time of his April 1 commitment, Gary Patterson’s 2020 class is once again a blank canvas, which is right on par with most of the country.
Don’t expect TCU to back away from it’s first 2020 commit now that he’s reopened his recruitment, though. This simply seems to be a case of an elite prospect taking time to evaluate his options with an entire three seasons of high school football still ahead of him.
Ok, this list is kind of... questionable. But we will take it.
The headline by College Factual, a website seeking to find the best college match for a prospective student, is “Play Division 1 football and get a great education at these 10 schools”
“In addition to a rising football program, Texas Christian is ranked in the top 200 of schools nationwide. The school boasts a large percentage of full-time teachers, a high freshman retention rate, and higher than average four-year and six-year graduation rates.”
The good news is that TCU is ranked ahead of Duke and Notre Dame, two schools with sports and academic street cred. The headline by College Factual, a website seeking to find the best college match for a prospective student, is “Play Division 1 football and get a great education at these 10 schools”
Most opponents believe the Frogs are longing for the days of Deuce and Doc, and they aren’t wrong. But TCU’s offense should be much improved in 2017, and could surprise some people in the process.
All of that returning production generally means a much improved team. TCU was 51st in points allowed per game last year at 26.9 per game. S&P+ projects that their returning defensive production should reduce that to 24.7 points per game. That would have been good for 37th last year right behind West Virginia, who won 10 games. Their returning offensive production should be worth about 3.3 points per game, which would improve their 2016 production of 28.7 to 32 points. 32 PPG would have been 40th last year, the same as Kansas State who won 9 games.
Skoug might have gone later than expected, but he ended up in the perfect situation - near his hometown, with an organization that believes in him.
Skoug admitted he was anxious before he was drafted. He said he understands that some teams had doubts about his high strikeout rate and his ability to catch in the major leagues. All he can do now is report to the minors, hit and catch the best he can.
"All it takes is one team to have faith in me and want you. The White Sox were the ones that made the effort, and I'm thankful for the opportunity," Skoug said. "Sure it's not sexy, not (being) a first-round pick, and it gives me a little chip on my shoulder that a lot teams passed on me."