Texas Longhorns: TCU recruiting

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

November, 25, 2013
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With five November commitments, good fortune has come Oklahoma's way on the recruiting trail.

The Sooners picked up a commit last week and also offered a rising junior wide receiver. We’ll take a look at those two players and discuss a big performance by a future Longhorns running back in this week’s Big 12 recruiting weekend wrap.

Biggest commitment: This goes to Oklahoma and the verbal pledge it received from outside linebacker Devante Bond (Roseville, Calif./Sierre College). Bond was the third commitment in a two-day span for the Sooners, who have five commitments this month and 19 overall. OU wasn’t in dire need of outside linebacker help with a pair of three stars on board in Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) and Curtis Bolton (Murrieta, CA/Vista Murrieta). But Bond solidifies the group's depth for the next couple of seasons, while also showing the country that Oklahoma isn’t afraid to go the junior-college route if need be. Bond also had offers from Nebraska, Cal, Fresno State, Memphis, Ole Miss and West Virginia.

ESPN Junior 300 analysis: Big 12 

November, 19, 2013
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There was plenty of shakeup in the latest ESPN Junior 300, including some monumental jumps up the ranks -- and a few big tumbles.

Here is a look at some of the key recruits for the Big 12.


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Big 12 class rankings analysis 

August, 21, 2013
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Things remained relatively quiet in the Big 12 in the latest ESPN class rankings, released Wednesday. Texas stayed put at No. 7, as did Baylor at No. 17. Oklahoma (No. 21) and Oklahoma State (No. 29) each dropped a spot. Texas Tech stayed put at No. 30 but could be on the verge of bigger things with the addition of its first linebacker pledge last week. A look at that and a few more storylines from the Big 12:


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Duane Akina couldn’t keep his eyes off ESPN 150 safety Edwin Freeman.

Wherever the Arlington (Texas) Bowie product went, it seemed the always engaging Longhorns defensive backs coach was somewhere in view of what Freeman was about to do.

That’s exactly the type persistence that the No. 78 player in the country wants to see as he gets closer to making his decision.


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ESPN 300 running back Kyle Hicks (Arlington, Texas/Martin) can’t deny what his heart is feeling.

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William Wilkerson/ESPN.comKyle Hicks said he has formed a bond at TCU and that's where his 'heart is at.'
For the last few months he has contemplated the idea of playing football closer to home, closer to his mother and close to his good friend and former high school teammate Devonte Fields.

Today, his heart couldn’t take it any longer.

Hicks called Texas co-recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers and told him he had decided to switch commitments from the Longhorns to TCU.

“One, I get to play for an outstanding football team,” Hicks said. “Two, I get a good education from a private school, and three, it is 15 minutes from home.”

Hicks was Texas’ lone running back recruit in the Class of 2013. He had been committed to the Longhorns since Feb. 18.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Hicks said. “Talking to Chambers on the phone, my body was shaking. I never thought I would decommit from Texas. I created a big bond with Chambers for nine months. Just to decommit was the hardest thing ever.

“Of course he was disappointed. He wanted to know why. It was just a decision I had to make.”

Martin coach Bob Wager was in his office with Hicks when Hicks made the call to Chambers.

“He’s been agonizing over it for months,” Wager said. “He just called Coach Chambers 15 minutes ago in my office. Torn up, distraught, very apologetic. But very sincere. It’s the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. I was there watching him, and pain was showing all over his face.”

Hicks (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is rated at No. 20 among running backs and No. 219 overall in the country.

He had to step in at quarterback for Martin this season and fared well. He threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns without an interception. But his bread and butter was still the run, which he did 177 times to the tune of 1,113 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Hicks tore his left ACL and meniscus Oct. 26 and is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday. It was the second serious injury for him in the last two seasons.

Last year, during the third round of the playoffs, he broke his foot on the first play of Martin’s game against Euless Trinity. He continued to play and finished the game with 20 carries for 113 yards and a 19-yard, game-clinching touchdown.

Hicks is confident that he’ll be fully healthy in six months and ready for fall camp with the Frogs.

“It was where my heart is at,” Hicks said. “I feel at home with TCU. Whenever I got the chance to visit TCU I just knew that was where I wanted to be. Great football team and it’s close to my mom. I can’t pass that down.”

ESPN 300 ATH Collins nears decision 

October, 4, 2012
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LIVINGSTON, Texas -- Livingston High School athlete Chevoski Collins doesn't leave the field often these days.

When it comes to using the term "athletes" for football recruits, Collins seems to perfectly fit the bill. Take as an example his most recent game, a 42-35 win over Orange (Texas) Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

Collins lined up at quarterback on offense, at safety on defense and also was on the kickoff return team. There's little that the 6-foot, 190-pound athlete can't do.

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