This was so poorly handled by the NFL Network, and now Ja’Marr Chase will wait, likely until the end of this week, to make his announcement. From a TCU fan perspective, though it appeared he was leaning towards the Frogs, do a few more days sway his choice?
Chase told the website SEC Country that he will probably hold off a decision between LSU and TCU until after July 4 and likely sometime next week.
The drama of the scheduled 6:30 p.m. Central time announcement unfolded live on Twitter and NFL Network.
Chase’s recruiting decision was supposed to coincide with halftime during NFL Network’s coverage. Jordyn Adams announced his commitment to North Carolina, and then defensive lineman Greg Emerson made a surprise commitment to Tennessee, requiring extra interview time.
The thing that especially sucks for the kid is that he pushed back his announcement a day, from the 2nd to the 3rd, to accommodate the network, when his original date has special meaning to his family.
Chase is understandably upset, and he has retweeted several tweets criticizing NFL Network for bumping him off its show. Chase still hasn’t announced publicly whether he’ll go to LSU or TCU, his top two options. He indicated that he’ll make an announcement later this week instead.
Whether it was a wise idea for NFL Network to get into the recruiting business in the first place is an open question. But if they’re going to do it, they shouldn’t have left a kid hanging on what was supposed to be one of the biggest days of his life.
Can the Frogs repay the Hogs for winning on their home field? The experts seem to think yes.
The beginning of Patterson’s tenure at TCU was all about defense. The last four or five years, however, that’s changed. Offense has become the calling card of the Big 12 and TCU is no different. That said, on paper, this appears to be the Horned Frogs’ best since those stalwart days.
The Frogs are loaded at linebacker and in the secondary. Travin Howard (first-team All-Big 12) and Ty Summers (second-team All-Big 12) lead the linebacking corps, while all five starters are back in the defensive backfield. Up front is a bit of a different story as the dangerous Aaron Curry is gone. Everyone else is back, though, and Arkansas had real problems keeping quarterback Austin Allen upright last season.
A healthy Turp could make all the difference for a TCU team looking for a bounce-back campaign.
KaVontae Turpin, WR, TCU: A Roman candle of a slot receiver, Turpin is often untouchable with the ball in his hands. Gary Patterson uses him in a specialty role most of the time because he’s liable to get hurt at 5-foot-9, 153 pounds – he missed five games last season – but when he touches the ball good things happen. Take TCU’s overtime loss to Arkansas last year for example. In a 10-minute stretch in the fourth quarter, Turpin reeled in a 57-yard catch, a 43-yard reception and had a 64-yard return. On a night that TCU had trouble moving the ball, Turpin was instant offense.
When healthy, he’s a shot of production whenever the Horned Frogs need to move the ball.
Another day, another listicle. But... let’s all brush up on our Kenny Trillness.
Some may not realize how good Kenny Hill was in high school without looking at the numbers. As a sophomore at Southlake Carroll, Hill took over the starting job midway through the season and threw for 1,762 yards while completing 73 percent of his passes. As a junior, Hill threw for 3,006 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 1,383 yards and 24 touchdowns. Hill passed for 3,373 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,430 yards and 33 scores as a senior. Oh, he was also a state champion. My word.