September 9, 2008

Isadore makes 14!

To look at what the TCU coaching staff has done on the recruiting front for the '09 class can be described in one word-remarkable. The Frogs have reeled in fourteen players already and added another one of the nation's top prospects recently with the newest commitment of Beaumont Ozen linebacker Justin Isdaore.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is ranked the 52nd overall prospect in the Rivals.com Texas rankings and rated as the 21st best inside linebacker in the country. The hard-hitting prospect recorded 114 tackles as a junior and had offers piling in from programs across the country including Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Iowa State, and Syracuse to name a few before picking TCU.

Isdaore says a number of factors led him to pulling in favor of the Frogs especially the attention the staff showed to him as a person rather than just another high profile prospect.

"The main thing that stuck out from all the other schools is because they really wanted me to play for them. They just didn't want me for all the hype that surrounded my name. Then I feel when I get down there I feel like they're going to take care of me not only as a player but as a person too. It's also close to home, not that I wanted to stay close to home but that's always a plus."

Count Isadore as a prospect who looks at what kind of recruiting class a team has coming in to help make his decision. When he took a look at TCU's he knew he would be part of something special which is another reason why he chose the Frogs.

"They got a pretty good recruiting class," he said. "Me and Tanner Brock are going to make some history down there. That was with any school I was looking at, I want to know that the class is up to par that I'm going in with."

Although he plays in a 4-3 scheme for now, Isadore feels that he can adapt to what the Frogs run defensively.

"We actually ran a similar defense my sophomore year, we ran a 5-2. I think I'll fit in pretty good to what they do."

On the gridiron Isdaore and his Ozen teammates have struggled to an 0-2 start but lost a close game last time out. Nonetheless, the newest Frog put on a show.

"We lost the last game by three," he said. "It was a heartbreaker, we was winning by ten points with like five minutes left in the fourth quarter and they came back and got us. I had eight tackles at halftime, I still got to get with my coach to see how many I had after halftime. I know it was close to twenty."

Isadore admits that although he's solid to TCU, he still plans on making all five of his official visits in the future just to make sure he's firm with his decision.

"Right now I'm a 100-percent TCU," he said. "I'm going to take all five of my visits just to make sure I wouldn't feel comfortable with another program but you know right now I think TCU is the right program for me."

Isadore was hoping one of his visits would be to see the Frogs take on Stanford this week but he has a game scheduled for the same time on Saturday.

"I actually wanted to make it down there for the game against Stanford but we got a game on Saturday. I actually was looking forward to seeing that game, I really was."

When asked what he thought of his future team's start, Isadore says they're doing exactly what he expected.

"I knew they were going to come out pretty good," he said. "Winning is not a problem with them, that's what I knew when I was up there. I know that they're going to win ball games. Last year they were like 8-4 or something like that and they said that was a bad season so I know they're going to win some ball games."

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