February 22, 2009
Frogs add # 3
Last year at this time, the TCU Horned Frogs had one commitment in the fold. In the months that followed, Gary Patterson and staff assembled what several are referring to as the best class the Frogs have landed in over 25 years.
Many wondered if the staff would be able to pull off another strong class in the same fashion in 2010. If the first three weeks are any indication of what the rest of the 2010 recruiting calendar has in store then those doubts should be gone.
With two commitments already made from defensive standouts Blake Roberts and David Johnson, the Frogs nabbed their third commitment from the offensive side of the ball when Houston Cy-Creek lineman Cameron Fleming gave his verbal to TCU.
Fleming was one of 12 prospects the Frogs hosted over the weekend for their first junior day. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder says he saw enough to make his commitment Saturday night.
"It (visit) was excellent," Fleming said. "The coaches know what they are doing. They have really good facilities and I like the players their too. I committed to them. I committed because of the academics mostly plus TCU is one of the top football schools in the nation right now. Top that with the academics, and you couldn't find another place that is better.
"I watched them play Boise and a couple of other games that were televised."
Fleming said his visit with Coach Patterson during Saturday's junior day was when he receive the offer from TCU. It was just a few hours later that Fleming decided to be a Horned Frog.
"I live in Houston so he told me to think about it and get back to him. I called my Mom and me and my Dad talked on the way home and I talked with my coach. They thought it would be the best thing for me. I thought of any other schools I wanted to go to and I couldn't find one so I called Coach Patterson up and committed."
Colorado State and Illinois were also showing interest in Fleming, who earned first-team district honors in 2008 from his left tackle position.
Now that early commitments are made more often than ever, the big question on fan's minds is whether or not that prospect will stay true to his word. Frogs fans can enjoy this commit as Fleming says his "marriage" to TCU is solid.
"I'm solid," he said. "Coach Patterson said me and him are married now. I'm very solid with my decision to be a Horned Frog. He's a really nice guy and I can see me getting along with him but I can see him getting into it on a football field that's what I like, I don't like a soft coach. Another big plus was he's been there for twelve years, I don't have to worry about him(Patterson) going anywhere."
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