February 29, 2012

Billings enjoys junior day visit, talks Frogs and D

When opposing coaches get around to viewing the film of Andrew Billings, rest assured there will be some major adjustments to their game plan when their squads take on Waco High.

Because the 6-foot-2, 305 pound defensive tackle's film is devastating - plain and simple.

He not only punishes opponents in the trenches, he does it with a reckless abandon and quickness of a playmaking linebacker that can get off the line quicker than everyone on the field and run sideline to sideline to chase down any skill position player.

It was that terrifying talent that caught the eye of the TCU coaching staff, which invited Billings to Fort Worth over the weekend for the Frogs junior day.

Billings, who attended the Frogs' game against SMU last season, checked out the Frogs' second spring practice, took a tour of the TCU campus, checked out the Frogs' latest renovations to their stadium and facilities and got a chance to sit down with TCU coach Gary Patterson and defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas.

The meetings produced two unexpected surprises for Billings, who currently holds offers from the Frogs, North Texas and UTSA.

"I didn't know (Coach Patterson) was going to offer me when he did. I was happy," he said.

"I talked to the defensive coach. We went to his office and he showed me their defense and their defensive scheme. It's pretty quick but I got it.

"It's way different (than the way Waco uses defensive tackles)," he said. "He said they drop back in coverage…I didn't know any college would let someone like me drop back in coverage. And he said we would also cover man on man on a running back. It was crazy."
He said several things stuck out to him during his visit.
"The first thing that stuck out to me was the practice itself. Even though they didn't have pads on, they were getting pretty crunk, going 100 percent pretty much the whole time. And everything they told me about the new locker rooms and the stadium - that stood out to me."

Billings has invitations to visit Texas Tech, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Kansas, SMU and Rice this spring.

Minnesota and Arkansas have also shown interest and he hopes to visit the campuses of the Red Raiders, Mustangs, Owls and Golden Hurricane.

He said which conference he would play in doesn't matter but playing time will be a factor for him, as well as a few other aspects.

"One would be the education and how life is around the campus," he said. "Football-wise, the team and the coaches."

The Frogs are recruiting him at defensive tackle but other schools, including Texas Tech, told him they see him on either side of the ball.

"I would prefer nose tackle," he said.

Billings, who was all-district, all-area and honorable mention all-state, helped lead Waco to an undefeated district season before falling to Stephenville in the first round.
He said his best attribute is his strength, which anyone who has seen his highlight film would certainly agree with.

"In high school it is my strength but in college it would probably be my quickness and my ability to move around and get my weight around quickly."



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