October 29, 2008

2010 lineman getting early attention

With signing day just a little over three months away, programs across the country are putting some finishing touches on the 2009 class. TCU has compiled an impressive '09 class and has five to six spots remaining. On the other hand, in this day and age it's never to early to get an early start on some 2010 prospects.

One 2010 prospect getting looks from several programs including TCU is Maypearl junior offensive lineman Austin Weatherford. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder has been a starter on the varsity since his freshman year and was named first team all-district as a sophomore at left tackle.

"My best strength would be pass blocking, I got some pretty quick feet. I like to run block but I think I'm stronger pass blocking."

Along with TCU, Weatherford is also hearing from schools across the southwest early in the recruiting process.

"SMU, Baylor, Georgia Tech, a little from Texas Tech, and Texas A&M-Commerce are showing me interest. I plan on seeing A&M-Commerce, Baylor, and maybe SMU."

Weatherford has already been on the TCU campus twice this season and was in attendance in the Frogs 54-7 win over Wyoming. The big lineman says he's been impressed with everything he's seen from the Frogs.

"I thought their defense played well," Weatherford said of Saturday's performance. "Their offensive line looked like they played pretty well. I thought overall the team played really good. That was the second time I've been there.

"I like their success in football, I like their head coach, I've met their line coach and I like them. They have really good academics. I like the campus, I like how it's close to home but it's far enough to be away. The atmosphere of the campus I really like."

With Maypearl a little over an hours drive from Ft. Worth, Weatherford says proximity won't play much of a role in narrowing down his choices. But it is something he's considering among other factors.

"Staying close to home isn't my main priority," he said. "But if I find a good school close to home I'd like that. Academics would be another good thing. I would like to go to a school that has a reputation for good academics because I'm not just going there to play football, I'm going there to get a good education."

Although his recruitment is just taking off, Weatherford has a few schools that have already caught his eye.

"TCU, Tech, and Baylor are my number one's right now."

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