I'll give it a go, but feel free to add on to it:
The big news is that Coach Bump is hanging it up. This wasn't mentioned until all of the coaches had spoken, then GP brought it up as he took the mic. He said that Bumpas would hate that he was doing it, but he wanted to recognize and thank him. The 600 or so in attendance then gave Bump and his wife a standing ovation. Neat moment. GP said he'll probably be able to lure him back in occasionally to break down some film by offering him some trout fishing trips. He also wrapped it up pretty quickly, as he said he didn't want to piss off a 65 year-old man that still does squats and power cleans. He said that two DL rushed bumpas for some horseplay the other day, and they both ended up on the ground.
Our coaching staff is greatness. Every coach took a turn speaking, some went longer than others, but it was very apparent how much they like each other. Not only because they talked about it, but also because it showed. Awesome group. It's obvious why we hear so many good things about them on the recruiting trail... lots of character. All of them got good laughs from the crowd, but Sharp probably had the most mic time. He admittedly had a few glasses of wine beforehand and had some good stories... he gets a lot of speeding tickets.
Coach Cross announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child, and he claims to be the best golfer of the bunch.
Coach Loop left his truck running at the airport for two days as he was in a hurry to catch a flight for a recruiting trip. He may be the second best golfer. He also sat outside Sam Awolope's house for 4 hours making sure UT's staff didn't show up... trying to keep them out.
Big Meach accidentally left his rental car running for two hours while visiting with Turpin, which led them to running out of gas by the Zoo on University Dr. He said he begged Turpin to commit, because if he didn't everyone would tell him it was his fault for leaving them stranded.
Coach Burns is apparently called "The Closer" according to Coach Loop.
Cumbie said he was nervous at last year's event and said "you try being a Red Raider surrounded by a room full of Horned Frogs."
Coach Anderson is just a really well-spoken, genuine guy. You can tell why he's such a good recruiter.
Everyone knows about GP. He was his usual self, talking about how he's not satisfied (and won't ever be) and how we need to keep doing things the right way. There may have been a few references/jokes (not as much by GP) about that school 90 miles South of here, and GP talked about learning how to be a winner. He is who he is, which we all know, and I'm glad he's at the helm. He's greatness, and he has put together a great staff.
As for the recruits, we've heard a lot about them. He mentioned that Deshawn Raymond has already put on 9 lbs after only being here for a few weeks, since he finally has some good meals to eat (not a great home life).
Joe Broadnax is a Chucky Hunter clone. He's not very tall, but he's strong as hell and gets after it... typical TCU guy.
Montrel Wilson is a Safety as of now, but he's big enough that he may move to LB like Jonathan Anderson.
Semaj Thomas is also big enough that he could end up as a DE, and Bryson Henderson may end up big enough to play inside.
GP mentioned that a couple of the guys (Tre Heights, Tony James, and maybe one or two more) may need some time in the weight room, but they're great athletes.
He seemed really high on Niko Small... he's faster than people think, aggressive as hell (they may need to tone him down) and he's about a 1,500 SAT guy.
Jozie Milton's small HS had a leg press machine that could "only" hold 800 or 900 lbs, so he'd tell other kids to jump on there. Coaches said he just kept telling kids to hop on and kept pressing. Smart kid as well.
Gladney and Julius Lewis are blazing fast... 10.5 or 10.6 100m guys, and Lewis will hit.
Cordel Iwuagwu is apparently African royalty. His Dad is a Prince and Mom is a Princess, and he's meaner than hell.
Sam and Big Dave are very high-ceiling OTs. Both are very long and have a lot of potential.
Arico Evans may end up being a bigger, faster Hackett.
Austin and Stewart are just good, solid recruits. Austin is big and strong, and Stewart is polished and can probably play inside or outside.
Tipa has a fantastic motor, and GP said he may end up being "a huge guy." Sharp was joking about Tipa's last name, and mentioned that he was Big V's cousin, so he said they're just going to call him "Skinny G" for now.
Freeze and Dunham both run very well, and both are on campus now. The staff is hoping both can help the team this season. I mentioned what GP said about Raymond gaining weight, so he said he could see him ending up at S if that keeps up.
I now have tired-head. Feel free to add.
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