January 18, 2009
Isadore ready to be in Ft. Worth
When Beaumont Ozen linebacker Justin Isadore committed to TCU back in September, the Frogs landed arguably one of the top linebackers not only in Texas but the entire nation. Isadore went on to finish his stellar career with 131 tackles and 6 tackles for loss in 2008 earning him first-team all district and Super Gold honors.
With the addition of Isadore and fellow linebacker commit Tanner Brock, the Frogs have built a strong foundation that has the task of living up to the legacy Jason Phillips and Robert Henson have left.
Although Brock is already in school, Isadore was one of several TCU commits who came to Ft. Worth over the weekend for an official visit.
"The visit was real good," he said. "I met the coaches again, I got to be around Coach Patterson for a little bit. He seemed pretty laid back but I already know once we get on the field he will be a totally different guy/
"The players really impressed me, we got along great. Alex Ibiloye, Nick(Sanders), (Rafael) Priest all them cats we hung around them most of the time and we hit it off real good.
"Getting to be around the players was the highlight I would say. The food was good too."
Isadore also had an opportunity to get more acquainted with his fellow class members.
"Me and Jurell(Thompson) hit it off pretty good," he said. "When we get up there I think we're going to room together. I met the Maud boys, big Ty Horn, I met all of them. We hit it off pretty good, Tanner was up there too."
Although Isadore is being recruited to play linebacker for the Frogs, a switch to safety isn't totally out of the realm of possibilities. However, according to Isadore the switch is in his hands.
"Well, the thing about that is what coach told me, he said as long as I don't lose more weight I can stay at linebacker. He said I better not get down to 185 pounds or they're going to move me to safety. I weigh 196 right now.
"Right now I've been playing basketball but after that I'm going to get back in the weight room. I'm not going to compete in track but I will work out with them."
With his commitment to TCU, Isadore had some bragging rights with the Frogs finishing ranked 7th in the country as well as the nation's #1 defense.
"That just really put the icing on the cake," he said. "It makes me more excited to hurry and get up there but I know there's going to be a lot of hard work. I met with Coach Sommer and I already know the workouts are crazy."
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