QB commit Del Rio still committed?
Scout.com now lists Cowboys quarterback commitment Luke Del Rio as a “soft verbal.”
Translation: he's considering other options.
While Del Rio told the website that he's still committed to OSU, he took a visit to Oregon State last weekend and said he's also interested in other schools.
“I'm doing my homework right now,” Del Rio told Scout. “I'm still committed to Oklahoma State, but there are some other schools, including Oregon State, that are making a strong case to me.
“I still want to take a few more visits, but I would rather keep that confidential right now in terms of talking about the schools I'm interested in. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing, and I figure it's better to do that now than wait until closer to signing day.”
Del Rio, the son of NFL assistant coach Jack Del Rio, has ties to OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who worked with the dad with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A standout with Valor Christian in the Denver area, Luke Del Rio committed to the Cowboys in May.
With Del Rio now not so committed, expect the Cowboys to engage interest in other quarterback prospects.
One new intriguing name to watch is Elbert Speed, a quarterback and wide receiver prospect out of North Crowley High in Fort Worth.
SINGLETON FAMILIAR WITH HORNED FROGS
TCU comes into Saturday's game against Oklahoma State leading the Big 12 and ranking seventh in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 92 yards on the ground per game and 3.13 yards per carry.
That's no news to OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton, though. He's got plenty of experience matching up with Gary Patterson's defense, both as a player and a coach.
Singleton was a running back at Air Force — where the Falcons run the triple-option — in the late 1990s and on the coaching staff at the Academy from 2000-10.
During that time, TCU was a conference foe in both the WAC (1996-1999) and Mountain West (2005-2011). Patterson has been at TCU since 1998, first as the defensive coordinator before taking over as the head coach in 2000.
“That's one of the things I think he's always prided himself on is being effective against the run,” Singleton said. “At Air Force, with a triple-option team, when that's all we did, obviously we got a heavy dose of what they try to do to stop the run.
“It's a mentality. They take on, basically, the personality of their head coach. I think that's something he definitely emphasizes.”
FROGS HAVE GIVEN UP DEEP BALLS
While TCU appears stout against the run, the Frogs have been susceptible to the deep ball.
The Horned Frogs rank No. 3 in the Big 12 in total defense and pass defense, yet their last three games have revealed holes in the back end. Against Iowa State, Baylor and Texas Tech, TCU allowed seven passing touchdowns of 25 yards or longer.
The deep burns:
Iowa State — 51 and 74 yards.
Baylor — 74 and 77 yards
Texas Tech — 33, 29 and 25 yards.
“We lead the Big 12 in interceptions, rushing defense and third-down defense,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson, “but we can't let the ball get thrown over our heads. We either have to get better at that position through recruiting or the guys in those spots have to make plays.
“It doesn't make a difference what you call, when the ball is in the air you have to make plays.”
By John Helsley and Gina Mizell