TCU Announces 24 Football Signings

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson

Feb. 2, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head coach Gary Patterson and the Rose Bowl-champion Horned Frog football program have announced the signing of 24 players.

The Horned Frogs' recruiting class is rated 23rd nationally by and 25th by, the highest rankings in TCU's history.

All the newcomers are three star and above recruits. Three of the newest Horned Frogs earned four-star status: wide receivers LaDarius Brown (Waxahachie) and Brandon Carter (Euless) and defensive tackle Chuck Hunter (West Monroe, La.).

Brown and Carter are ranked among the top-five athletes in Texas, while Hunter is listed as one of the nation's best defensive linemen.

Brown is ranked by as the top athlete in Texas and the No. 4 athlete in the nation. He's also No. 1 in the country in ball-handling skills for athletes. Carter, who played quarterback at Trinity High School, is the No. 5 athlete in the state and No. 33 in the nation. Hunter is ranked as the third-best defensive tackle in Louisiana and the 27th-best player at his position in the country.

TCU has now signed nine four-star recruits in the last three classes. The Horned Frogs had just five four-star signees in the previous eight years combined (2001-08).

Eighteen of the 24 signees are in-state products with 10 landing in the Texas Postseason Top 100.

Six states are represented in this year's recruiting class. Two signees come from Oklahoma, including Del City High School teammates Chazten Gonzales and Jamelle Naff. Gonzales is listed No. 2 among dual-threat quarterbacks in Oklahoma, while Naff is the top-rated guard prospect in Oklahoma and the 21st-ranked player in the nation at his position.

Linebackers Deryck Gildon (Arlington) and Austin Terry (Lago Vista) and cornerback Jason Verrett (Santa Rosa, Calif.) have already enrolled at TCU and will take part in spring practice.

The 24 signees are split evenly between offense and defense.

The most-common position signed was wide receiver with five players, while four safeties were inked. There were three cornerbacks and three linebackers signed.

Verrett is ranked as the sixth-best junior college defensive back in the nation and the 35th-best overall JC prospect. He is joined at cornerback by Travoskey Garrett (Lufkin) and Kolby Griffin (Houston). Griffin is rated No. 8 among cornerbacks in Texas and No. 51 in the nation. ranks Chris Hackett (Tyler) as the No. 2 safety in Texas and No. 38 in the nation. He was a first-team High School All-American and a second-team Parade All-American. The other incoming safeties are Quincy Aldridge (Whitehouse), James Bailey (Everman) and Jamie Byrd (Dade City, Fla.). Aldridge totaled 20 interceptions in his high school career. Bailey was the 4A District 7 Most Valuable Player.

In addition to Hunter, the other signee at defensive tackle is Jon Lewis (Spring). A Klein Oak High School product, Lewis posted 13 sacks as a senior.

Joining Gildon and Terry at linebacker in the recruiting class is Laderice Sanders (Arlington), who is rated ninth and 36th among inside linebackers in Texas and the nation, respectively.

Trevone Boykin (Mesquite) totaled 4,729 yards of offense and 58 touchdowns as a senior. He rushed for 1,799 yards and 30 touchdowns while passing for another 28 scores. Boykin is rated as the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback in Texas and No. 24 in the nation.

Wide receiver David Bush (Tyler) and Dominic Merka (Crosby) were both quarterbacks in high school. Bush is ranked as the seventh-best athlete in Texas and No. 50 in the nation. Merka totaled 3,096 yards of offense and 24 touchdowns his senior year.

Bolstering the wide receiver position are DeSoto High School teammates David Porter III and Cameron White. The duo combined for 21 touchdown catches as seniors. Porter and White are ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, among wide receivers in Texas.

Joining Naff among the offensive linemen are Brady Foltz (Rose Hill, Kan.), Bobby Thompson (Midland) and Carter Wall (Richmond). All carry rankings among the best in the state and nation. Foltz, like his older brother and current Horned Frog Blaize Foltz, is a guard. Thompson and Wall are tackles.



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