The Frogs’ newest commit is adjusting well.
“The coaches have been making a good connection with me, I’ve been on the phone with them almost every other day. Building a connection with the coaching staff was big for me and I feel like they did that,” said Daphne quarterback Trent Battle.
Daphne’s Trent Battle fulfilled a lifelong dream recently, committing to play football at TCU and getting a chance to play division one football. He said making the decision was easy, but the coronavirus pandemic altered some of his recruiting plans.
“It was getting to that time for me to make a decision and decide,” said Battle. “I wanted to take a last few visits in the spring but they got canceled due to the pandemic.”
I don’t think it will matter much.
New Date: September 25-27
College Football Impact: Low. OK, so it should be said that the Ryder Cup has not moved, so the CFB conflicts aren’t exactly new, nor of the huge, weekend-breaking sort. If we’re crushing those damn Euros come Saturday afternoon, however, feel free click over to Wisconsin-Michigan, Tennessee-Florida, Ole Miss-LSU, and TCU-SMU, all of which, much like the Ryder Cup, promise to feature plenty of bad blood.
Gladney is rising over the last few weeks.
Over the last two seasons, also according to Pro Football Focus, Gladney force 45 contested targets on throws in his coverage and allowed just five first downs. He consistently made life difficult for receivers and his combination of sticky coverage from both man and zone along with his tackling ability make him an ideal fit for Vic Fangio’s defense.
Right now, Gladney is projected to go anywhere from the mid-20s to the mid-second round, so no one really has a good beat on what the NFL thinks of him.
Having such a dominant two-year stretch in the Big 12 is something to consider since those teams are throwing at such a high rate, and often they are looking at high-percentage throws.
For Gladney to force a QBR under 50 in his coverage two years in a row is absolutely one of the most impressive feats for any corner in this draft.
Dude is going to be a great pro.
Ball Skills: This is one of Reagor’s better traits. He attacks the ball on comeback routes and when he works vertically. Reagor is great at high pointing the football and makes good adjustments when necessary, even when he doesn’t have great positioning on defenders. He’s a solid tracker of the football over the shoulder as well. One knock is that doesn’t have the frame to box out defenders and win in contested spots, especially in the red zone.
YAC/RAC Ability: Reagor is a threat to score every time he touches the football. Has the burst and long speed to turn bubble screens or reverses to break away from defenders. He will often make defenders miss in space with wicked lateral agility.
Speed: It’s clear Reagor’s best fit is in an offense that wants to work down the field and pick up chunk plays. He has the explosive speed to make a defense keep an eye on him wherever he lines up. As a vertical threat, he will eat up cushion quickly when facing off coverage.
Versatility: Whether you want Reagor on the perimeter, in the slot, or even as a gadget player at times (where he can get the ball quickly), he will produce. Averaged over nine yards per touch as a runner.
Someone will get a steal.
That type of work ethic and drive will be an attractive asset for pro teams.
“That’s Coach Dixon’s thing — show up every day and get better,” Bane said. “I just tried my best to show up. I was fortunate being healthy and blessed. Other guys worked just as hard as me, but maybe didn’t get as lucky.”
Whether some luck was involved or not, Bane’s proud of what he accomplished at TCU. Sure, he would’ve liked to win even a few more games and gone to the NCAA Tournament more than once, but nobody in program history can match what he’s done.
84 wins. 141 games played. 249 3-pointers.
“The only word I can think of is thankful. I’m really thankful for TCU as a whole,” Bane said. “I didn’t have anything and they gave me an opportunity and really taught me to work hard, how to grow up off the floor. My four years meant everything to me.
“I want to be known as a winner on and off the court.”