In front of their fourth-largest home crowd in the school history, TCU hosted some of the nation's top football prospects; literally. Although the Horned Frogs lost to Kansas State, who is now the #1 BCS team in the country 23-10, the performance from the young team didn't go unnoticed.
Among the top players in attendance were three of the top ten defensive linemen in the country; A'Shawn Robinson, Justin Manning and Waco's Andrew Billings.
Billings recently made the jump to the No. 9 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 69 prospect overall in the Scout.com 300. TCU was the second program to offer the 6-foot-1, 305-pounder back in early February and since that time Billings has visited the Ft. Worth campus several times.
The Kansas State game was the second TCU game Billings has attended this fall.
"It was a good game, Kansas State didn't turn it over and they just played football," Billings said. "It was a great atmosphere, the whole stadium."
Although the Frogs came out on the losing end, Billings was impressed with the Frogs performance on defense. After all, they held the Wildcats to their lowest point total (23) and total yardage (260) on the season. Like every TCU fan, Billings also lauded the play of true freshman Devonte Fields, especially the interception he made.
"The defense really did their job but the offense did struggle," Billings said. "The (defensive) line did great. No. 95 is a freshman and he got that pick. The pick was really what impressed me, he got back in coverage and got that pick and that was impressive."
Billings said he'll likely see TCU again when they travel to Austin on Thanksgiving to take on Texas.
"I plan to go back to Texas," he said. "It's probably going to be that TCU game."
Billings has a final three of TCU, Texas and Baylor in no particular order. While fans and coaching staffs from each school anxiously wait to see where he'll end up, the big lineman says the suspense shouldn't go on much longer.
"I should be pulling the trigger soon," he said. "I'm probably going to get in another visit to Baylor too."
Waco finished the regular season 7-3 and will play in the Bi-District round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs this Friday against Ft. Worth Wyatt. Billings feels if the Lions play the way they did last week in a win over Everman, they should be able to beat Ladell Marshall and Wyatt.
"We just need to play like we did last game and improve on the little things," Billings said. "The last game we played the whole game for the first time; offense and defense."