February 25, 2009

Mallet talks about decision

Just three weeks have passed since the 2009 signing day came and went on February 4th. On that day several media members gathered for TCU coach Gary Patterson's signing day press conference to discuss the highs of the class that was reeled in.

As Patterson addressed the media on his '09 class, a brief moment came when he discussed how the recruiting world has changed and how his staff has adapted more to the early recruiting. He even went on to mention that the staff expects several early commitments for the 2010 class. Three weeks later, what Frog fan can argue with what their head coach said?

On Wednesday, the Frogs added their fourth commitment to the 2010 class when they got a verbal pledge from Cleveland, Texas linebacker Marcus Mallett. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder chose the Frogs over offers from Houston and Baylor and building interest from several others including Texas.

Mallett has been a member of the Cleveland varsity since his sophomore year and as a junior he was named district 22-3A MVP.

Mallett was in Ft. Worth last weekend to take in the TCU junior day. He said shortly after that he was ready to be a Frog.

"I felt like I was home up there," he said. "The whole facilities from the indoor practice field to the campus was nice. The education part was nice too. The highlight was when we played the (Nintendo) Wii game against all the coaches. I felt that was the place I needed to be as soon as I got in the truck when we was on our way back."

The fast rising prospect took a few days before letting the TCU coaches he wanted to become part of the Frog family. He says a number of factors led him to make the decision Wednesday morning.

"I called Coach Glasgow to tell him the good news," he said. "Then he handed the phone to Coach Patterson and then I heard everyone in the background, they were excited. I picked them for football mainly, but their education is good too. I read about them, and seen them play on T.V. and I knew their defense was #1 and I liked that about them too.

"My family supports me a lot, we talked about LSU or wherever else and they would see me play. TCU is close to home but not too close to home, I wouldn't be home every weekend. If I would've went to U of H my mom said I would've been home every weekend and she doesn't want that(laughing)."

Cleveland head coach Ricky Tullos says the Frogs are getting a steal in Mallett, calling him not only a great player but also a great personality.

"Several teams were after him, he was on Texas' radar," Tullos said. "He's a player, there's no doubt they're getting a steal. Everybody that comes through wants him. But he liked it there(TCU), and it's a great place. I think it's a good fit for him."

Coach Tullos calls Mallett one of the top players he's coached at the linebacker position. One description Tullos gave about his young star is his ability to hit and react on defense and "leads with his screws". Mallett says he thinks he'll fit into the type of defense the Frogs play.

"I watched defense on them and I think I fit in real good," he said. "I think I got a good pursuit game. I think I can go from sideline to sideline and play the ball good."

Mallett, who also attended a junior day earlier this year at Texas A&M, said along with TCU both schools gave him a good feeling but one made him feel right at home.

"A&M I had a warm feeling about that," he said. "But as soon as I got to TCU you could tell it made a difference with me fitting in."

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