Nomluis Fruge talks Houston commitment


Nomluis Fruge has done just about everything on the field for Houston Furr.

He has lined up all over the field, from receiver to tight end, in the offensive backfield, at defensive end and even on special teams as a returner. That has led him to be a first-team all-district selection on both offense and defense for two years running.

Now the versatile talent has pledged to continue using his ability for the hometown Houston Cougars.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Fruge took an official visit to the Houston campus last weekend and thought enough of the Cougars to give them his commitment.

"They gave us a tour of Reliant Stadium, because they're tearing down their stadium and building a new one," Fruge said. "They told us that pretty much all of our home games are going to be there. All of their away games are going to mostly be at places that I've never been before, like BYU and Boise State and places like that. I was interested in that. And their team is full of guys that I can fit in with. They were cool to be around."

The Cougars haven't finalized plans but are likely to play their home schedule where the NFL's Houston Texans play while UH's old home, Robertson Stadium, is torn down to make way for a new $105-million facility that will open in time for the 2014 season in its place.

Fruge, who was recruited by Houston recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach Zac Spavital, could play safety or linebacker for the Cougars. He chose Houston over offers from Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, North Texas and Wake Forest. He also was receiving heavy interest from Texas Tech and its defensive coordinator, Art Kaufman, before former head coach Tommy Tuberville left for the Cincinnati job.

Spavital established a good relationship with Fruge during the recruiting process.

"Coach Spav is a real cool coach to me," Fruge said. "He called me, and we talk a lot. He tells me that I'll be able to play safety for him. I honestly think I have a shot to go play, because I know how I am as a football player. I'm going to do whatever it takes to get on the field and play rather than just watch."

His high school coach at Furr, Cornell Gray, likes the outlook for Fruge. Gray utilized Fruge as often as he could.

"He played receiver on offense; he took snaps everywhere," Gray said. "He took snaps at every position except O-line. He lined up at tight end some. He brought kickoff returns back, punt returns back, had interceptions; he had rushing touchdowns; he was all over the place.

"They said they're going to play him at safety or outside linebacker. He moves around, and he's a defensive guy, but he's real athletic."

Fruge, who goes by the nickname "Nomo," said he still might take some official visits before national signing day, but he feels comfortable with Houston.

"I'm feeling really good about Houston," Fruge said. "The only reason I would decommit is if I heard from somebody like Alabama or USC came and they swept me off my feet."