Feb. 2, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU track and field head coach Darryl Anderson announced the addition of four student-athletes to the program Thursday. One newcomer to the roster has also committed to play football for the Horned Frogs.
Among the four athletes, TCU adds three men and one woman to the program. One addition comes from inside the Lone Star State, while others hail from Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.
"As we change gears and head into the Big 12 Conference, the biggest thing for our program is that we have to be able to recruit national-level type performers, because nine times out of 10, if you are not a national-level athlete, you probably won't be able to score in the Big 12," Anderson said. "We have looked at the league closely and we have a good idea of the type of athlete that we need to be successful and that's who we are after."
Starting on the men's side, TCU received commitments from Ronnie Baker (Louisville, Ky.), Harvey McSwain II (Shelby, N.C.) and Jordan Moore (Lithonia, Ga.).
Baker will don the Purple and White after a successful career at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. Boasting personal-best times of 10.57 in the 100 meters and 47.24 in the 400 meters, Baker claimed Kentucky state titles for both events in 2011. He was named the 2010-11 Gatorade Kentucky Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Baker also earned fifth-place honors in the 400 meters at the New Balance Nationals.
McSwain, a native of Shelby, N.C., also comes to Fort Worth with a pair of state gold medals after claiming the 100-meter and 200-meter gold medals for Crest High School last spring. He helped The Chargers' track and field team to finish second in the 3A state meet in 2010 and sixth in 2011. He owns personal best times of 10.55 and 21.18 in the 100-meters and 200-meters, respectively.
PHOTO GALLERY: Harvey McSwain II Signs With TCU
"Both Ronnie and Harvey have really great range," Anderson said. "They can go up to the 400 meters and down to the 100 meters and they have really good foot speed. We will look for these guys to be able to run well in the Big 12 and also be a part of our relays.
Moore will serve as two-sport athlete at TCU, competing in both track and football.
A native of Lithonia, Ga., Moore is one of the top hurdlers in the country. He posted a time of 7.28 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles, which is the fastest in the nation this season for a high school athlete in that event. He owns a personal-best time of 7.82 in the 60-meter high hurdles and a pair of state titles for Martin Luther King High School.
"Jordan has been all over the map as far as his track career," Anderson said. "He is a big, strong kid that is a good looking athlete. He's got a lot of ability and he is definitely a Big 12 and national-level type hurdler. A big part of his decision was for him to be able to compete in football and track at the highest level. I think we will be a great fit together."
TCU football also signed Deanté Gray, a two-sport standout from Westside High School in Houston, Texas. He qualified for the 100 meters at the Texas 5A State Championships after running 10.54 in the regional meet. His personal-best for the 100-meter event chimes in at 10.46 seconds.
Magdalena Escobar is the lone women's signee and will look to make an impact in the distance events for the Frogs. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Escobar finished second at the 2011 Texas 4A State Championships in the 3,200 meters with a personal-best clocking of 10:54.44 for Boswell High School. Escobar earned fifth-place honors at the Texas Cross Country Championships this fall and was the state champion as a sophomore in 2009.
PHOTO GALLERY: Magdalena Escobar Signs With TCU
TCU will resume its indoor season next week at the Texas A&M Invitational, Feb. 11, in College Station.
2012 TCU Track & Field Signing Class
Ronnie Baker - Louisville, Ky.
Magdalena Escobar - Fort Worth, Texas
Harvey McSwain II - Shelby N.C.
Jordan Moore - Lithonia, Ga.