February 4, 2009
First commit of 2010
TCU just finished putting together what many believe to be the best class in 25 years or more. With so much momentum headed into the 2010 class, why waste any time? don't worry, the Frogs are getting right back to work.
2010 looks like it will start out with a bang with the commitment of Argyle, Tx(Argyle High) defensive tackle, David Johnson. The 6'2" 250 pound defender is just the type of player coach Patterson and his staff love to get. With early interest from schools such as Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Nebraska, West Virginia and many others, it's clear that Johnson is a hot commodity. PurpleMenace.Com caught up with the talented prospect to find out what made him choose TCU so early in the process.
"I just really like the university" said Johnson. "The education, the athletic side of it, the coaching staff, we just liked everything about it. My dad actually got his masters degree from TCU and he was the GA strength coach there for a year in Coach Wacker's last year."
With so much knowledge of the TCU program from such a young age, did that play a role in the big lineman's decision?
"All my life growing up, I've been a huge Frog fan" said Johnson. "That's just who we rooted for. With them being my first offer and being fairly close to home, my family can all come to my games. There were so many factors it's hard to narrow it down. After TCU offered, I knew that was the only offer I needed."
With what looks like a life long Frog fan now in the fold, does this signal the end of the recruiting process for Johnson?
"I wouldn't have committed unless I was 100% serious and knew that's what I wanted to do" he said. "For some guys they maybe commit to secure a spot but they still look around. If other schools want to look at me that's fine, but I committed for a reason."
After compiling 12 sacks on the field in 2008, it's the work in the classroom that might even be more impressive. Johnson currently holds a 4.0 GPA and his education is very important to him. It didn't hurt matters that the Frogs have had the #1 defense in the country 3 times in the last 5 years or so.
"With the tradition they've had over the last decade or so of having such great defenses, I would say that's a big positive" said Johnson. "It's not one of the major factors but it is a definitely a big positive. The fact that they're such a small private school with such good academics but yet they can compete on the national stage with a lot of BCS teams, I think that's great."
After winning the defensive lineman MVP in district 8-3A this year, the sky's the limit for Johnson in 2009. With 77 tackles, 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss, it's evident that Johnson has a motor that never stops. With good strength numbers across the board, look for Johnson to make an impact early at TCU. If you've watched TCU football over the years, you know, Johnson is TCU's kind of young man. Stay tuned to PurpleMenace.Com as we get rolling on the class of 2010. After a big year with the 2009 class, it looks like the coaching staff is ready to roll their sleeves up and get right back to work.
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