March 22, 2012

Crockett likes what he sees at TCU

Carroll High School in Southlake has a recent history of playing some of its top cornerbacks on the offensive side of the ball.

East Central University's Shaun Hoagland did it in 2010, Texas A&M signee Sabian Holmes did it in 2011. Expect Ray Crockett, who had five catches for the Dragons as a junior last season, to do so in 2012.

Crockett is being recruited as a defensive back though and visited TCU's Fort Worth campus about earlier this month.

In addition to TCU, Crockett has received interest from Texas Tech, Missouri, Nebraska and Baylor among others. He said he liked TCU's campus more than others he's visited, but the coaching staff put the Horned Frogs over the top.

"TCU is the best one because of the coaches. I got to interact with them more and I got to see whole campus," Crockett said.

"I got to meet with (cornerbacks) coach (Clay) Jennings one-on-one and draw stuff up on board. He got to see how much I know and he taught me some stuff."

What Crockett saw on the whiteboard was TCU's 4-2-5 defense. Playing with four other defensive backs instead of just three intrigued him.

"I like it because there are more DB spots. So there's more opportunity to make plays and chances to be on the field," Crockett said.

"They have a field corner, which is what I play in high school so that's relatively similar. The way the corners play is similar to how (Carroll) plays, except we play a 3-4."

His familiarity with the defensive scheme puts TCU and Gary Patterson's 4-2-5 high on Crockett's list, but football is far from the only factor.

"The academics there, I like. They have successful student athletes," he said "I like that I could walk to class and don't have to worry about transportation."

Crockett is the son of Ray Crockett, Sr., who played for Detroit, Denver and Kansas City in a 14-year NFL career. The younger Crockett hasn't received an offer yet, but he attributed that to a lack of playing time in 2011 when he was stuck behind college-caliber talent at Carroll like Holmes.

"I played enough to get noticed, but not enough to show people what I can really do. So I feel like offers will start coming in after first couple games."

While his playing time was a bit limited, Crockett came up with one of the biggest plays of the year for Carroll. He recovered a late, and controversial, onside kick against Dallas Skyline to help send Carroll to the state championship.

Senior linebacker David Stoltzman is the only Carroll alum on the TCU roster, but that number could double next year. The Frogs have also shown interest in Dragons quarterback Kenny Hill.

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