Signing Day Quotes - Gary Patterson News Conference
Feb. 5, 2014
Opening Statement ...
"We have all worked hard up to this time of year and are very excited for our 2014 class. As you guys know, I always talk about them being `paper tigers' at this point. One thing I like about them is that they are a really good group of people along with being good players. They like TCU for the right reasons."
On the quarterback position ...
"We're changing our offense, so it's very important for us to have quarterbacks ranked high in their class like Foster Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein."
On the offensive line ...
"We believe we really needed to pinpoint our offensive line. We took five in that group. We felt Frank Kee, one of our junior college recruits, would give us more size, as well as Ty Barrett, Austin Schlottman, Ryan Griswold and Trey Elliot. Gaining five in the group was very important for us to grow."
On Shaun Nixon as the lone tailback signee ...
"At first, we didn't know if we wanted to take a tailback but Shaun Nixon was a guy who stood out. I don't think we have ever turned down a great tailback. He has the ability to not only be a tailback but to also catch the ball and line up with the wide receivers. He will give us that kind of dimension."
On the wide receivers ...
"For the offense we're putting in, we needed to find guys who would give us length and speed. Emanuel Porter and Corey McBride can both give that to us with their tremendous speed. Last year, Corey ran a 10.4/10.5 (100m dash) in a Louisiana state meet. Porter came to one of our one-day camps and tested phenomenally before anyone even knew he was a football player. We can put them with Ryan Parker and Desmon White, who is `hard to catch in a phone booth.' It's a good group of wide receivers for the way our offense is set up."
On the defensive line ...
"Casey McDermott Vai is a very lean and strong player who will make a good defensive end or he might throw himself into another position with time. You also have Chris Bradley, who is highly ranked in the state of Louisiana, along with being a very smart player and strong academically. L.J. Collier, comes from a school (Munday) that historically produces good football players. L.J. has a good chance to really grow here."
On the linebackers ...
"We're glad to have Vinny Ascolese. A couple of years ago, he was a Parade All-American. He's 6-foot-3 and can run. His grandfather (Vincent Ascolese) is a famous high school coach in New Jersey. He originally signed with Arkansas but didn't end up going. We are really excited to have him for the summer time. Ty Summers is another player who was a quarterback and will turn into a linebacker. It's similar to when we had Jason Phillips, who's now with the Philadelphia Eagles. Ty is a very physical player, so we have an opportunity to change him into a different position."
On the defensive backs ...
"We'll start with Nick Orr, who was the only four-year starter at DeSoto. Ridwan Issahaku is a guy who really came on in Norcross, Ga. He has an upside that not a lot of people know about. Corey Omeally is someone we felt we needed who could run with the wide receivers we see in the Big 12. You put them with Torrance Mosley, a guy with tremendous speed and the ability to keep up. Kenny Iloka graduated early and is with us in the spring. His older brother (George Iloka) starts for the Bengals. He has great feet in our off-season program. Kenny, Nick Foster and Travin Howard make a group that really compliments itself."
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