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TCU News: Barber a breakout candidate, Duggan was sold on the Frogs

TCU is impressing on the recruiting trail.

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Why Taye Barber is TCU’s breakout player of the spring | Sports Day

The early-enrollee has done everything right so far this spring.

Speed at wide receiver can be lethal, and Barber has plenty of it. Having run a near-4.5 in the 40-yard dash, he can really turn on the jets and get after it. TCU could have explored using him on defense, but Barber’s ability to accelerate off the line forced the coaching staff’s hand. He’s a receiver, no doubt.

Barber caught a touchdown pass during TCU’s frigid spring game, so we know he can catch, too.

LC’s Duggan talks TCU, recruiting process on Upon Further Review |

TCU is a pretty easy sell these days.

Head coach Gary Patterson has been at the school for over two decades – another big factor for Duggan.

“The stability in that program,” Duggan said. “He’s built the culture there. Everyone is invested in him, and he’s invested in the program.”

The more Duggan thought about TCU, the more he realized they checked every box for him.

“I thought about if I wasn’t playing football, would I enjoy myself?” Duggan said. “The school and academics at TCU are unbelievable. I love it down there. It’s that small family, kind of community. Everyone knows each other and everyone gets along. I got along with the players when I was staying with them, so that was a big factor, too.”

Mango enjoying recruiting trips |

This kid has GP diamond in the rough find all over him.

Mango said he toured meeting rooms , met with coaches and had his picture taken in the football uniform of the college he was visiting.

“I enjoyed the one-on-one time with the coaches,” Mango said. “I figured I would always have to walk on. Now I have coaches telling me to chase my dreams and that they can see me having a future with their team. It’s all been overwhelming.”

Mango said he has been most impressed by his visit to TCU.

“Their facilities and the football program itself blew me away,” he said.