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A pass rusher who can dance? Meet TCU commit Adam Plant Jr.

TCU players interact with fans during “Meet the Frogs”

TCU athletics held its annual "Meet the Frogs" event on Saturday. Football players and coach Gary Patterson interacted with fans, as well as the volleyball and soccer teams.
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TCU athletics held its annual "Meet the Frogs" event on Saturday. Football players and coach Gary Patterson interacted with fans, as well as the volleyball and soccer teams.

TCU’s football team is boosting its pass rush and dance skills at the same time with the addition of defensive end Adam Plant Jr.

“I’m a great dancer, probably best on the team soon to come,” said Plant Jr., who cited Drake and Roddy Ricch as his favorite artists.

“I’m very sociable. I like to meet and get to know new people and build new friendships.”

That’s good news for TCU. The Frogs will have several new faces at defensive end in 2019, including Plant.

The team loses starters L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu, as well as a rotational piece in Michael Epley. So Plant will come to Fort Worth with an opportunity to make an immediate impact.

At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Plant certainly looks the part despite being away from the game this season. Plant was part of Arizona’s 2018 recruiting class, but never played.

Instead, he’s been training in his hometown of Las Vegas and intends to enroll at TCU in January with all four years of eligibility remaining. TCU defensive line coach Dan Sharp made an in-home visit to Plant on Tuesday.

In the 2018 class, Plant ranked as the No. 41 weakside defensive end, according to 247Sports.

He had 52 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Bishop Gorman is a nationally recognized powerhouse in athletics, producing pros such as former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and current Rangers slugger Joey Gallo.

The Star-Telegram recently caught up with Plant.

Why is TCU the best fit for you? “I feel TCU is the best fit for me because it allows me to come in and showcase my talents and skill sets the right way, along with great coaching.”

Speaking of that, how important was it to join a program that has sent pass rushers to the next level? “You want to come to a program that has a rich history in producing NFL caliber players, especially in your position. That was very important as well.”

How would you describe yourself as a pass rusher? “I would describe my pass rush as unique because I can always switch it up and go from a power move to a finesse move or even beat you with a speed rush.”

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Adam Plant Jr. had 10 sacks his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Courtesy of Adam Plant Jr.

What was it like sitting out last season and how hungry are you to make an immediate impact? “It was very tough to go without football this season, but it just gave me a lot of fuel to want to hit the field and make an immediate impact. That’s what I expect to do when I get to TCU. I’m very blessed and excited.”

Is there pressure coming from such a powerhouse high school program such as Bishop Gorman? “I wouldn’t really consider it pressure, but look at it as being a part of a rich brotherhood that expects you to hold yourself accountable at a certain level. That’s what I plan to do and this will help me to adjust quicker than most freshmen would given the background of my school and the way they prepared us for success.”

TCU defensive end Ben Banogu had one of the most productive games of his career. He had four tackles for loss and forced a fumble in TCU's 16-9 victory over Baylor.

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