2014 wide receiver Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) has the kind of story many prospects dream of.
Porter hasn’t played a down of football since his freshman year. An athlete who’s made his name on the AAU basketball circuit, Porter expressed his interest in 7-on-7 football the last few days of school. From there, Porter decided to participate in the TCU football camp in July just to see where he measured up against some of the top football prospects.
On Saturday, the kid who will play his first down of varsity football in a couple of weeks verbally committed to a Big 12 program.
Porter, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound receiver, confirmed he has verbally committed to play at TCU. Porter said he was offered at the TCU camp after turning in impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.43 seconds) and the vertical leap (34 inches) and gave the Horned Frogs his pledge during the program’s first scrimmage of the fall campaign.
“I’d played [football] all my life, but my mama kept telling me I wasn’t big enough,” Porter said, referring to playing in high school. “I would have been on varsity last year, but I didn’t play, and I didn’t do spring drills because of [AAU] basketball.
“This year, I just kept begging her to let me play.”
The begging now will result in a football scholarship. Porter is the first commitment of the 2014 class. TCU is his only offer thus far.
Recruited by receivers coach Trey Haverty, Porter said he the offer caught him off-guard. The interest alone caught his AAU basketball coach Horace Pope off-guard, but Pope said Porter’s athleticism was reason enough for a school to take a chance on him.
“With his athleticism and watching him do drills on the court, he can flat-out run,” said Pope, who coaches Deron Williams Metro Elite, the team that won the Las Vegas Fab 48 in July. “Of course, I’ve never seen him catch a ball, but I’ve heard that he can catch. If his hands are like glue, he should be a pretty good receiver, because he’s got really good speed. I’m curious myself.”
Porter said he plans on playing both football and basketball during his junior year, and he is looking forward to transitioning into workouts more suited for a potential college football prospect.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m just ready to get the season started now.”
Porter then added some friendly advice for players looking to follow in his footsteps.
“Keep working hard,” he said. “The thing is, most people don’t go to football camps. That’s where you get seen. You have to at least make one D-1 camp and just show out.”