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."