Taye Barber has fast become the darling of TCU football's 2018 recruiting class.
Not only has the receiver impressed in the first two spring practices, but he has impressed coaches in the weight room, the locker room and on the TCU campus.
Barber, who wasn't available for interview, even drew praise from coach Gary Patterson. For a true freshman less than two months into his college life, that's a rare feat.
"Our off-season hasn’t bothered him at all. The learning process hasn’t bothered him at all. Going to school hasn’t bothered him at all," Patterson said. "He’s one of those guys where you just smile when you talk to him because he’s been a perfect child. What else can you ask for? If everyone did that it would be a lot easier on us."
Patterson said former TCU receiver Desmond White was fast, but Barber is even faster.
Barber attended Cypress Springs, northwest of Houston, and was rated the 45th best athlete (the non-specific designation for a prospect who could play several different places) in the last recruiting class. He runs a 4.53 40-yard dash. White ran a 4.68 40-yard dash coming out of DeSoto in 2014. Barber, at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, is four inches taller and 40 pounds heavier than White when he as a true freshman.
Patterson also praised tight end Pro Wells, who along with Barber, is one of four first-year players who enrolled in January and working out during spring camp. The others are offensive tackle Anthony McKinney, who transferred from Iowa Western Community College, and quarterback Justin Rogers. Patterson credited a new rule that allows teams to hold two hours of walk through workouts each week for helping the young players to get up to speed.
"Taye Barber Is not really a freshman anymore," he said. "He’s had an unbelievable two practices. [The walk-through rule] has benefited us already in the spring."