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TCU News: “Is he going to be a kid who jumps into the transfer portal at the first sign of anything he doesn’t like, or is he going to stick it out?”

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Gary Patterson’s tight ship and Zach Evans are on a collision course.

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TCU’s season football opener at Cal is still on — for now | The Star-Telegram

The CSU systems have said they will be online-only come the fall. The UC system could follow suit, thus rendering the Cal game at Cal nearly impossible. But... Donati seems confident these two teams will matchup, somehow, someway.

Donati and Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton spoke earlier Wednesday about the latest circumstances amid the coronavirus pandemic, and nothing’s changed as far as the football game being played as scheduled.

“He and I spoke again today and he remained confident that we could play the game Sept. 5 at Cal,” Donati said. “So, unless we hear otherwise, our plan is to be there for Week 1.”

There’s been much speculation as to whether this game can happen with most campuses in California saying this week they are not planning to reopen fully this fall. Rumors started circulating that TCU and Alabama could potentially meet on Sept. 5 at AT&T Stadium as both schools are scheduled to face California-based schools that day.

Zach Evans is a ‘high-risk’ recruit, but TCU’s biggest signee in program history will be high reward | Dallas Morning News

I like a kid who wants to do something different and start a legacy at a place that would benefit from him doing so.

“Offensively, it was a good fit for me, and I want to start my own legacy,” Evans told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. “I wanted to do something different.”

He certainly did, both in his choice and recruitment. He originally signed with Georgia during the December 2019 signing period with the intention to announce at Under Armour All-America Game. It never happened, and eventually Georgia let him out of his national letter of intent.

“He’s a high-risk, high-reward kid. He’s a super talented football player,” Farrell said. “I think going to a school like TCU is good for him because it isn’t Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU where the spotlight would be on him. He can impact quicker there.

“The only question I have is that [coach] Gary Patterson runs a tight ship. How is this kid going to react to that? Is he going to be a kid who jumps into the transfer portal at the first sign of anything he doesn’t like, or is he going to stick it out?”

TCU has busy day offering 2022 prospects | Horned Frog Blitz

Call it the Evans effect.

Larry Turner-Gooden |ATH | Playa Del Ray (CA) St. Bernard

The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder can play on either side of the ball but is getting a ton of his attention as a receiver. Turner-Gooden currently holds 20+ offers including Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M among others. Turner-Gooden is rated as the No. 50 overall player in the nation and No. 4 athlete. He is also ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in California.

Bobby Taylor | CB | Katy

The son of former Notre Dame and NFL player Bobby Taylor, the younger Taylor is drawing the type of interest his father did 30 years ago when he was a highly-touted recruit out of Longview. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder currently holds 18 offers on the table including Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida State, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and USC. Taylor is just one of three cornerbacks the Frogs have offered in the 2022 recruiting class. He is ranked as the No. 28 cornerback prospect in the nation and No. 32 player in Texas according to the initial 247Sports rankings.

Alabama Football: Opener switch from USC to TCU maybe not best | Bama Hammer

Strength of schedule take a hit? This is a team that plays Arkansas and Ole Miss annually.. ;)

If TCU must replace its scheduled trip to the west coast to play Cal, opting for a game with the Crimson Tide has advantages and disadvantages. The Horned Frogs are 12-13 over the past two seasons. An almost sure loss to the Crimson Tide would not be a turnaround game. Still, the payday would be good. Even better, the short ride from Fort Worth to Arlington Stadium might mean the next best thing to a home game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Would the change be the best solution for the Crimson Tide? If TCU does not win more in 2020, the Tide’s strength of schedule would take a hit. That is if USC can win more in 2020. Over the last two seasons, the Trojans have been only slightly better than TCU, posting a 13-12 record.