People outside of Texas don’t know much about the 4-2-5, and as such, it can cause them to undervalue players like Carraway, who was more speed, athleticism, and read and react. I think he will make the team in Tennessee, and be a contributor. As far as the not testing well... that might be a good off-season project to look deeper into.
TCU HC Gary Patterson is one of the more underrated defensive gurus in the country. The Horned Frogs are more known for their offensive prowess lately but it was built by Patterson's defenses and fancy chrome helmets (those are nice, btw). How many recruiting stars did Carraway have in high school? Yep you guessed it, only TWO stars. An unranked recruit from the state of Texas to boot. The only other programs of repute that offered him scholarships were Colorado State and University of Louisiana-Monroe. Named to the All Big 12 first team two consecutive years. Named to the Big 12's All Academic first team. Played his senior season as a graduate student. It's been an interesting trend to watch for in TCU prospects not testing well at the Combine.
Justin Rogers has become a boon for TCU on the recruiting trail, and he was working it in the Pacific Northwest.
TCU: QB commit Justin Rogers led an injured team to the 7-on-7 final and ranked as one of our two All-Opening QBs. The Frogs' weekend could've been even better if four-star WR Ja'Marr Chase's scheduled announcement hadn't been botched by the NFL Network; he's favored to pick TCU over LSU, but has now delayed his choice.
Give me Scott and Innis Gaines as the two guys we are talking about early and often this fall.
Vernon Scott was ranked the eleventh best safety in the state when he committed to TCU in 2016. Fittingly, he played in 11 games his freshman season and left a good impression. Patterson has since been vocal about the impact Scott could make this season, even as a backup. Scott's physicality could continue to impress and earn him extra playing time.
GP is trying to find a balance between the guys that come in with a chip on the shoulders and those with the talent to take them to the next level. He’s got a staff that can do just that.
Patterson still talks about wanting players with a “2-star attitude,” but his staff has continued to pursue more players with 4- and 5-star talent. The difference is that they’re finally able to land some of those players.
Patterson has also stocked his staff with ace recruiters. Co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie pretty much single-handedly stole Rogers out of Louisiana. Co-offensive coordinator Curtis Luper was one of the top recruiters for Auburn when it won the national championship in 2010. And defensive line coach Zarnell Fitch was TCU’s recruiting coordinator when the Frogs pulled in that all-time class in 2016.