The initial ESPNU 150 list for the 2012 class was released on Monday and just over half of the athletes have not made a commitment but instead have a slew of schools on their list. TCU has landed two on this initial ESPN 150 list. The two players TCU have are defensive end Devonte Fields who is ranked 69th on the list and as the seventh rated defensive end and the other is quarterback Tyler Matthews who is rated 108th overall and is also the seventh rated player at his position.
Here are some details about Fields from ESPN:
This is a kid with good flexibility and he can get and play low. He is able to come out of his stance and uncoil and get under a blocker's pads and derive good power from his lower body. He is very good with hands and consistently brings them and can keep blockers off of him and quickly shed and play the ball. He is kid who flashes good speed and can come across the line and get re-directed well. He displays a good motor and is a pretty solid wrap-up tackler. He is active versus the run, but can also apply some pressure as a pass rusher. The fact that he is active with his hands helps him and he displays the ability to get hips turned and has the feet to work around blockers.
Here is what ESPN is saying about Matthews:
This kid is a really sharp, precise passer with fundamentally sound technique and very productive results. He has good size and already possesses above average bulk. Plays in a multiple set both under center and out of the shotgun and is extremely efficient both in his methods and productivity. He appears to have been well-coached on the little nuances of the position. His release is what really stands out about his game. Ball jumps off his arm and his release is quick. Comes over-the-top in a compact manner and drives the ball with authority. His footwork and set up as a drop back passer is very good-- he's balanced, calm and very confident in his game. He has very good overall physical tools.
TCU's success over the past few years as well as moving to the Big East next year is why they are getting these type of recruits. Reading up on Matthews, it seems that he is ready for division one football and assuming he keeps his commitment to TCU he should be competing for the starting job in 2013 once Casey Pachell has graduated.