January 21, 2007
Frogs add another to the list
Sweeny, Texas athlete Tank Carder has seen his stock rise in recent weeks which is no surprise to those who have watched him suit up for the last three years. In fact his coach, Tommy Zajicek, calls Carder one of the top players he's ever coached in thirty years, and that's including four players that have reached the NFL.
Although West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville were Carder's only offers, Division-1 programs including TCU started to show the talented 6-foot-2, 200 pounder heavy interest late in the game.
Carder lined up virtually everywhere as a senior including quarterback, fullback, linebacker, tailback, punter, and kicker. Carder was named Most Valuable Player in district 24-3A and Brazoria County after accounting for 1,200 yards of offense and 116 tackles on defense.
Carder made a visit to TCU on the weekend of January 13th and came away very impressed with what he saw.
"I really like the area," he said. "Also the classes are smaller, some schools have about 200 students in a class and TCU is more around 40 and I like that. I liked the visit a lot, I got a chance to really see the place and meet the teachers. The football program is a plus, they're always in the top 25 and I like the coaches a lot. Coach P is real cool."
Upon leaving his visit to TCU Carder didn't have an offer and was told Coach Patterson would be making an in home visit later in the week. Carder admitted that if TCU were to offer he wouldn't waste time in making a commitment.
Purple Menace learned Sunday night that Carder was indeed true to his word.
"Coach Patterson was supposed to come down this week but he said he couldn't make it," Carder said. "He called me on the phone and offered me over the phone and I committed right away. I picked TCU just because I like them so much. I really wanted to go there, I like the people, community, really everything."
While Carder excelled at a number of positions for Sweeny, he's unsure where he'll line up for the Frogs.
"Well, they really haven't told me," he said. "They've mentioned linebacker, that's what I want to play. They said they'll find out when I get there"
Carder says he's very comfortable with his decision and left Frogs fans a little something extra.
"I'm looking forward to being a Horned Frog."
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