TCU recruiting trail hot, only to get hotter

Playing in the Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers on New Year's Day will further heighten the TCU Horned Frogs' national profile among high-caliber recruits. Coach Gary Patterson's success has already delivered him to more living rooms than most would have imagined possible, and according to an update by ESPN Recruiting, several star-studded prospects have the Frogs prominently on their radar.

Patterson said that TCU's 2012 move into the Big East Conference, a BCS automatic qualifier, has already opened more doors in Texas alone.

"Just in our own state, we've already had phone calls because we're an automatic-qualifying school. It's already made a big difference," Patterson said. "It's already given us some credibility. And not taking anything away from the Mountain West. We're not talking about what I think, we're talking about what recruits think. And, perception-wise, in this state, it's made a big difference. That's the one thing other Big 12 teams have held against us a little bit on the recruiting trails.

"What it's done for us is it now has eliminated that one road block. So, I think we're going to have the opportunity to be in a lot more homes in the next few years."