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TCU News: Former Frog coming home?, 2017 team ripe with pro talent?

CEL could make his return to North Texas, and the Frogs’s boast a strong senior class.

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The NFL Network might’ve cost TCU a 4-star recruit. Wait, what? | SB Nation

Chase has risen dramatically in the rankings after his performance at The Opening, jumping 31 spots in the wide receiver rankings. Before his commitment was bumped, he said he was 100% sure about his destination - most assume TCU - but now says he’s only 80% sure. That’s not great for the Frogs.

While that's a bummer for Chase, the real loser here is TCU. The tea leaves were indicating that Gary Patterson was likely to land Chase over the home-state LSU Tigershad he committed on schedule. However, Chase was so good at The Opening and his stock has shot up so much that it now looks like he's going to take a step back and re-evaluate his options. If TCU ends up losing Chase to LSU or some other national power, they can thank the NFL Network for the sabotage.

Former TCU/Arkansas State WR Echols-Luper transferring again, could consider UNT | Denton Record Chronicle

I would love to see CEL come back home - TCU has certainly missed him on special teams once he left for Arkansas State, where he caught 26 passes for 407 yards last season.

Echols-Luper said he will look at the opportunities for playing time at the schools he is considering, although finding the right fit is his top priority.

"I am looking for a place to call home for my senior year and play with a great group of guys," Echols-Luper said. "I want to have a great time as a senior with a great group of guys."

TCU Horned Frogs: CFB 2017 Players to Watch | Real Sports

After having a small senior class in 2016, the Frogs have quite a few pro prospects this season, led by their linebacking corp and an exciting player in the secondary.

There’s some interesting draft eligible safety prospects in the Big 12 conference, but the slightly under-sized 5ft 10, 187 lb Nick Orr deserves to be discussed among them, and indeed ahead of most of them. He may have more of a cornerback build, and has some college experience there, but his game is certainly more suited to his current position, despite the slighter frame. He’ll be entering his third straight year as a full-time starter and is coming off his best year so far that saw him total 86 tackles, along with 6 pass breakups and 4 interceptions, and named as 2nd team All-Big 12.

THE PLAYBOOK: Ellis County Baylor, TCU players set to challenge for coveted CFB playoff position in 2017 | Daily Light

Waxahachie was good to the Frogs this off-season.

Perhaps more than any other aspect, Texas Christian University nearly won the recruiting war in the Big 12 after falling behind No. 26 Texas by only two spots. The acquisition of Waxahachie’s Jalen Reagor and Kenedy Snell, a pair of state track and field sprint relay champions, helped further that cause.

Joining the two former Indians with DeSoto four-star quarterback Shawn Robinson, Aledo High School four-star offensive guard and Lancaster High School four-star wide receiver Omar Manning could have created the offensive juggernaut needed to rumble through both Baylor and a Bob Stoops-less University of Oklahoma.

Spring Forward: What to know on TCU after spring ball | Horns 247

Good breakdown video of TCU, as far as how it relates to the Longhorns matchup with the Frogs, which takes place in Fort Worth in early November. TCU has won three straight.

With spring football over and summer well underway, Texas has turned its attention to the 2017 slate and what lies ahead for Tom Herman and his staff.

In early November, the Longhorns will head north to Fort Worth to face TCU, who is coming off a 6-7 season and a bowl loss. Head coach Gary Patterson is heading into his 17th season with TCU after taking over in December 2000.

Beer should flow at TCU and Vaqueros games | The Star-Telegram

It’s only a matter of time before TCU opens up beer sales in Amon G, in my opinion, and a partnership with Fort Worth’s pro soccer team is a good way to make the final push.

There is no way the Vaqueros can call Martin Field a home and expect to get anywhere. They desire to have a small stadium — around 2,500 — where they can play, and sell beer to a niche fan base. No one is expecting to turn into Jerry Jones here, but merely cover the bills for a small team.

The club reached out to TCU about using its posh soccer complex, but that request was met with a no because the franchise wants to sell beer.

The club reached out to the Fort Worth school district about using Farrington Field as a home. That is the perfect solution; the venerable venue is within walking distance of the West Seventh Street development that is loaded with the type of pedestrian traffic bars and restaurants crave around any sort of event.