Word from the some of the recruiting scribes covering TCU is that the move to the Big 12 has been tougher on Horned Frog recruiting than expected. TCU’s 2012 class was very good, but right now the 2013 class has been slower to develop.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said it will take a year of winning in the Big 12 to convince more top recruits that TCU deserves a good look, alongside Texas and Oklahoma.
“For us, recruiting wise, we were already recruiting against these teams for these kinds of players a year ago,” Patterson said. “The saying out there was ‘well, they aren’t in the Big 12.’ Now, it’s ‘can they win in the Big 12.’”
Patterson hopes TCU’s connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a boon for attracting top local talent.
“I think once we can prove that we can win in the Big 12 then I think you’re going to see a big change in how we do things,” he said. “It will be the first time the Metroplex will have a football team [in a major conference] since TCU and SMU were part of the Southwest Conference.”
-- Stefan Stevenson