February 13, 2012
Injury had no effect on Massington's recuitment
Normally, injuries can derail seasons and hype for a junior player.
But a turf toe that cost West Mesquite junior receiver Eldridge Massington five games last year has done nothing to deter recruiters, including TCU, which extended him an offer on Thursday.
The injury hasn't hurt any of the buzz around him so far as TCU, Colorado, Oregon State, Baylor, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have targeted the the 6-foot-3, 188 pound prospect.
Like his teammate, safety Kameron Miles, Massington was surprised to receive the Frogs' offer at this point in the game.
"I feel excited - that was a big one for me. I didn't think they would offer me yet," he said.
"They were just saying that they liked my film, but I hadn't really talked to any of the coaches yet."
Massington has visited Baylor and Oklahoma and visited family in California last week. He hasn't visited any West Coast schools at this time, but he is hearing from plenty of programs.
Also like Miles, the presence of TCU freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin is helping Massington in this process.
"I talk to him about everything and about how great the college life is," Massington said.
Massington caught nine passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Wranglers' week seven loss to Waxahachie, but said that was one his worst games of the year because that's when he suffered the injury.
"I didn't get to be as explosive and it just came out of nowhere," Massington said. "I had to walk in a boot and missed the next three games."
Massington suited up in the team's first-round playoff loss, but had just two catches for three yards as the effects still lingered.
"They had to tape it up," he said of the toe. "That was the first time I was scared in a game."
Massington played in six games before the injury and had 39 catches for 663 yards and six touchdowns.
He said academics will play in a role in his decision and ironically with his toe injury, he wants to study kinesiology and be a physical therapist.
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