Turp certainly has an NFL skillset, but will need to prove he can hold up to the rigors of the league.
3. KaVontae Turpin, WR. Turpin has a shot at the pros as a shifty return man. At 5-foot-9, 157 pounds, Turpin has shown an ability to make plays in space. His yardage per kickoff and punt returns has gone up each of the last three seasons.
Turpin has returned one punt for a TD in each of the last three seasons, and returned a kickoff for a score last season.
A productive senior year as a return man will put him on the NFL map.
This kid is explosive... getting Catalon would vault the Frogs up the recruiting rankings.
The big fish would be Rivals250 defensive back Jalen Catalon, who is a local prospect, has some personal ties to the school and has been a frequent visitor. Although TCU seems to be pretty full in the secondary for this class, the staff would surely find a way to bring him aboard should he want to choose them. A clean sweep of landing all those prospects would be a jackpot scenario for the program.
He’s built the most successful program in Texas, prompting the chicken-or-the-egg question about college football in this state: Is TCU so good because Texas and Texas A&M aren’t, or is Gary a major part of the reason the state’s traditional powers have struggled so mightily recently? Probably elements of both. He doesn’t have the resources to attract the four- and five-star types that the big boys get. Should Herman or Jimbo -- or, heaven forbid, both-- live up to their billing, it could get tough for the little powerhouse in Fort Worth. For that matter, history says it’s hard for any two schools in this state, plus Oklahoma, to win big simultaneously.
Just the same, no matter how the balance of power shifts from here on out, no one in Texas coaches ‘em up better than Gary. In old-school football vernacular, he can take his and beat yours, or he can take yours and beat his.
Let’s hope for an easy opener where both teams stay healthy.
ABOUT TCU: Depending on which poll you take, the Horned Frogs are a top 10 team. They have some holes to fill on offense but that likely won’t make much difference in this one. Defensive lineman Ben Banogu was named preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and will be trouble for a young Southern quarterback trying to get his legs under him.
PATH TO THE W: Realistically, the best Southern can hope for here is to stay healthy and get out of Texas with a nice paycheck. Seeing a new QB stay composed under immense pressure would be nice a dream.