Mouuntain West Teams Recruiting In TCU's Backyard

Eddie DzurillaCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2010

PROVO, UT - OCTOBER 29:  John Rabold #32 and Brad Meissen #36 of Air Force tackle Michael Reed (C) of Brigham Young University during the second quarter October 29, 2005 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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I'm not a big one for National Signing Day. 

I think that the annual rankings produced are about as useful as milk teats on a bull—bull being the operative word.

Every year we see the same thing: a bunch of hoopla around the signings, and "rankings" that tell us that schools like Texas, USC, LSU, 'Bama, Florida, and Notre Dame ranked highly.  Full disclosure: I have not looked at today's rankings, but I'll betcha those schools are in there. 

Tell me something I don't know.

The power conferences will rank higher than the so called mid-tiers, who will rank higher than the low-end Charlies of the Sun Belt. 


I did notice an interesting thing in this year's list of signings: The Mountain West schools are obviously capitalizing on their exposure to the Fort Worth area market that TCU affords them.

This year, 11 players form the Fort Worth area were signed by Mountain West schools, plus one by TCU itself.

Air Force signed six Fort Worth area players, BYU three, UNLV one and Colorado State one.  And TCU, only signed one Fort Worth area player plus another kid from the Dallas area.

That's a pretty good haul from the area by the Mountain West.  And something that, perhaps TCU needs to address, since keeping the good kids at home is one of the basics of a good recruiting program.

Not to quibble with Patterson and crew efforts; they obviously have an eye for talent, and their penchant for recruiting raw speed is very savvy (you can teach skills and get stronger with the weights, but natural speed is, well, natural).

But I did think it was interesting that the Mountain West teams are starting to make inroads into the fertile Texas high school football market.

That, and the continued raids on California that Utah, BYU and, to a lesser extent the other teams in the conference have undertaken, should continue to fuel the raw talent needed for the conference programs to play at a BCS level.

Now let's just hope that they can coach them, especially at the leagues mid and lower tier levels. 

A few upsets by the Wyomings, Colorado States, UNLV's and New Mexico's of the league would go a long way toward both garnering respect, and improving the conference rating to get that BCS inclusion.

So this year, except when TCU's playing them, it's going to be Go Aztecs, Go Rams, Go Cowboys, and so on, for this Froggie fan.

Heck, I might even swallow hard and say Go Cougars!