TCU Inks 21 To National Letters Of Intent
Feb. 4, 2004
Gary Patterson Says...
"The biggest thing with this group is that we needed immediate help on the defensive side of the ball. We were able to fill those needs by signing junior college players Zarnell Fitch and Chris Hayes for the defensive line and Quincy Butler and Drew Coleman at cornerback. All four of them, along with tight end Brent Hecht, are already on campus and will go through spring drills with us. As far as the incoming freshmen, we needed to get four quality offensive linemen, and I think we were able to do that. We signed a bunch of wide receivers and defensive backs who have speed. That was a key characteristic we were looking for with this year's class."
Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Walter Bryant WR 6-4 200 San Angelo, Texas (Central)
Quincy Butler CB 6-0 180 San Antonio, Texas (Roosevelt)/Tyler JC
Robert Clark OL 6-7 250 Weatherford, Texas (High)
Drew Coleman CB 5-11 175 Henderson, Texas (High)/Trinity Valley CC
Steven Coleman S 6-2 190 Dallas, Texas (Lake Highlands)
Zarnell Fitch DT 6-3 300 Spencer, Oklahoma (Star Spencer)/Navarro JC
Chris Hayes DE 6-1 240 Fort Worth, Texas (Wyatt)/Kilgore JC
Brent Hecht TE 6-4 247 Bern, Kansas (High)/Butler County CC
Robert Henson LB 6-1 205 Longview, Texas (High)
Detrick James WR 5-9 175 Shreveport, Louisiana (Evangel Christian)
Donald Massey WR 5-11 170 Hillsboro, Texas (High)
Otis McDaniel WR 6-0 185 San Antonio, Texas (Taft)
Giles Montgomery TE/DE 6-3 235 Sweetwater, Texas (High)
Cody Moore DT 6-1 265 Comfort, Texas (High)
Matt Panfil S 6-1 180 Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley)
Jason Phillips FB/LB 6-1 215 Waller, Texas (High)
Preston Phillips OL 6-6 270 Amarillo, Texas (Tascosa)
Heath Raetz OL 6-5 250 Burleson, Texas (High)
Shae Reagan QB 6-4 255 Idalou, Texas (Idalou)
Blake Schlueter OL 6-4 245 Ganado, Texas (High)
Justin Watts TB 5-10 195 Center, Texas (High)
Walter Bryant, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 200, San Angelo, Texas (Central)
Excellent athlete who was selected as the All-West Texas Most Valuable Player in 2003... earned all-district honors and was named the San Angelo Central High School Defensive Player of the Year... played both wide receiver and defensive back... led the team with 23 catches... intercepted seven passes... returned both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns... Central finished 9-4 on the season and reached the state quarterfinals... coached by Bob Bellard... did not play football as a junior... plays forward on the Central basketball team and is a two-time all-district pick on the hardwood... selected TCU over Baylor, New Mexico and North Texas.
Quincy Butler, Cornerback, 6-0, 180, San Antonio, Texas (Roosevelt)/Tyler JC
Enrolled at TCU in January and will take part in the spring drills... selected to the 2003 NJCAA All-America team as a sophomore at Tyler Junior College... was a two-time selection on the Southwest Junior College Football Conference all-league team... picked off five passes in 2003, returning one for a touchdown... averaged 16.7 yards per punt returns... recorded 151 tackles and eight interceptions in his two seasons at Tyler... rated as the third best junior college cornerback prospect in the country and the 23rd best junior college prospect regardless of position, according to collegefootballnews.com... selected TCU over Arizona, Texas A&M, Kansas, LSU, Texas Tech and Missouri.
Robert Clark, Offensive Line, 6-7, 250, Weatherford, Texas (High)
The tallest of the TCU recruits at six feet, seven inches... was a third team All-Texas selection in 2003... earned first team all-district honors in both 2002 and 2003 for Weatherford coach Mike Sneed... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's State 100 list... also competes in track... finished fourth at the state meet in the discus in 2003 with a toss of 180 feet... runs a 4.78 40-yard dash... chose TCU over Iowa State, Purdue and SMU.
Drew Coleman, Cornerback, 5-11, 175, Henderson, Texas (High)/Trinity Valley CC
Originally signed with the Horned Frogs last spring but returned to Trinity Valley in the fall to complete his eligibility requirements... did not compete in football last fall... enrolled at TCU in January and will go through spring drills... named an All-American both by the NJCAA and Junior College Gridiron Magazine at TVCC... was the 2002 Southwest Junior College Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year... rushed 29 times for 223 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns... caught 26 passes for 534 yards (20.5 yards per catch) and six touchdowns... returned 11 kickoffs for 260 yards (23.6 yards per return)... helped the TVCC Cardinals to a 10-2 record overall and a victory in the Heart of Texas Bowl over Jones, Mississippi... is a 2001 graduate of Henderson High School... was The Daily News Rusk County Football Player of the Year in 2000... selected TCU over Nebraska and Tulsa.
Steven Coleman, Safety, 6-2, 190, Dallas, Texas (Lake Highlands)
Standout player who earned Class 5A first team all-state honors by the Associated Press as a senior at Lake Highlands... recorded 79 tackles and eight interceptions as a senior defensive back... caught 20 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown as a wide receiver in 2003... runs a 4.67 40-yard dash... selected TCU over Texas A&M, Colorado and Kansas.
Zarnell Fitch, DT, 6-3, 300, Spencer, Oklahoma (Star Spencer)/Navarro JC
Enrolled at TCU in January and will go through spring drills with the Horned Frogs... signed with Tennessee a year ago, but returned to Navarro Junior College in Corsicana to finish up his academic requirements... did not compete in the fall... served as a student assistant coach while finishing up his class work... as a sophomore at Navarro in 2002, he logged 48 tackles (37 unassisted), two fumble recoveries, two sacks and a forced fumble... was a two-year starter and earned honorable mention all-conference honors in 2002... coached by Chuck Lawrence at Navarro... played high school football at Star Spencer High School in Spencer, Oklahoma... high school coach was Shannon Watford... Zarnell S. Fitch was born July 6, 1983... recruited by Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State.
Chris Hayes, Defensive End, 6-1, 240, Fort Worth, Texas (Wyatt)/Kilgore JC
Enrolled at TCU in January and will take part in spring drills with the Horned Frogs... logged 18.5 sacks last season at Kilgore Junior College... notched 55 tackles and blocked four kicks... team finished 6-4 in 2003... played for coach Jim Rieves at Kilgore... graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth... runs a 4.6 40-yard dash... selected TCU over Utah, Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State and Texas A&M.
Brent Hecht, Tight End, 6-4, 247, Bern, Kansas (High)/Butler County CC
Enrolled at TCU in January and will go through spring drills in 2004... played eight-man football in tiny Bern, Kansas before attending Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas... named first team all-conference in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in 2003... was a second team All-American and a first team Academic All-American... caught 12 passes for 192 yards (16.0 yards per catch) and one touchdown for the NJCAA national champion Grizzlies, who finished the season 12-0... coached by Troy Morrell... rated as the top junior college tight end prospect in the country and the 18th best junior college prospect regardless of position, according to collegefootballnews.com... runs a 4.6 40-yard dash... selected TCU over East Carolina and Utah State.
Robert Henson, Linebacker, 6-1, 205, Longview, Texas (High)
Earned All-East Texas and all-district first team honors as a senior at Longview High School... was a second team Class 5A all-state selection by the Associated Press and was the District 11-5A Defensive Player of the Year... logged 129 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss... recorded two sacks, two interceptions and two blocked kicks as a senior, playing for Pat Collins... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash... Robert Leandro Henson was born January 27, 1986... mother's name is Samantha Henson... interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice... selected TCU over Arkansas and Nebraska.
Detrick James, WR, 5-9, 175, Shreveport, Louisiana (Evangel Christian)
Earned all-state honors in Louisiana as both a junior and senior... as a senior, rushed for 804 yards and caught passes for 433 yards... also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns... rushed 80 times for 694 yards (8.7 yards per carry) with 11 touchdowns and caught 54 passes for 870 yards (16.1 yards per catch) with nine scores during his junior season... also lettered in track & field... listed as running a 4.4 40-yard dash... hails from Evangel Christian Academy, the same school that produced current Frogs Jarrarcea Williams and Andrew Ward... Detrick Dewayne James was born March 1, 1985... mother's name is Jessie James... selected TCU over Texas Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Donald Massey, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 170, Hillsboro, Texas (High)
Lettered in football, basketball and track & field at Hillsboro High School... was a three-time all-district performer on the gridiron... logged 3,323 all purpose yards in two seasons... named a team captain in 2003... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's State 100 list... ranked 65th among the wide receivers by Rivals.com... had 866 yards passing and 811 yards rushing in 2003... caught 35 passes for 800 yards in 2002... runs a 4.4 40-yard dash... Donald Joe Massey was born September 10, 1985... selected TCU over Arkansas, Houston, Texas A&M, Tulsa and SMU.
Otis McDaniel, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 185, San Antonio, Texas (Taft)
Earned all-city honors by the San Antonio Express-News and 28-5A All- District recognition as both a junior and senior... logged 43 receptions for 563 yards and three touchdowns as a senior at Taft High School for coach Lee Bridges... also rushed 10 times for 213 yards and four scores... had 24 catches for 424 yards (17.7 yards per catch) and five scores in 2002... also carried 13 times for 171 yards and returned 10 kickoffs for 294 yards... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's State 100 list... ranked 39th among senior wide receivers by Rivals.com... lettered three times in football and three times in track & field... regarded as one of the state's top sprinters and long jumpers... would like to compete with the Flyin' Frogs tracksters during the spring... finished third in the state 100-meter dash in 2003 with a time of 10.52 in the finals... also was sixth in the 200 (21.55) and eighth in both the long jump and triple jump... runs a 4.46 40-yard dash... comes from the same high school that produced current Frogs Marvin Godbolt, Ranorris Ray and Robert Merrill... Otis McDaniel III was born June 30, 1986... parents are Otis and Josephine McDaniel... interested in computer sciences... selected TCU over Purdue, Wisconsin and Texas Tech... announced his decision to become a Horned Frog during the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio.
Giles Montgomery, TE/DE, 6-3, 235, Sweetwater, Texas (High)
Earned Associated Press first team all-state honors at defensive end in Class 3A as a senior at Sweetwater High School... named to the 2003 All-West Texas Super Team... earned all-district honors on the defensive side of the ball after recording 97 tackles including 10 sacks... caused three fumbles... also gained all-district honors on offense as a blocking tight end who graded out at 95 percent with 16 pancake blocks... caught 11 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns... runs a 4.8 40-yard dash... selected TCU over Kansas, Baylor, New Mexico and North Texas.
Cody Moore, Defensive Tackle, 6-1, 265, Comfort, Texas (High)
Played running back, tight end and defensive end for head coach Paul Talbert at Comfort High School... lettered four times in football, baseball and track & field and three times in basketball... earned all-district honors three times as a defensive end, once at running back (2002) and once at tight end (2003)... was the District 26-2A Offensive Player of the Year and a first team all-state pick in 2003... was an all-district catcher in baseball and a district champion in the shot and discus... was the state shot put champion and finished sixth in the discus as a junior... was a high school teammate of current Horned Frog Matty Lindner... Cody Randall Moore was born November 14, 1985... parents are Chris and Karen Espinosa... interested in pursuing a degree in art... would like to be an art teacher and coach after graduation.
Matt Panfil, Safety, 6-1, 180, Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley)
Versatile athlete who displayed a nose for the football at nearby North Crowley High School... earned honorable mention all-state honors in Class 4A by the Associated Press... played safety on defense... intercepted nine passes and recorded 89 tackles... caught 12 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown as a wide receiver... also was the team's placekicker and punter... helped North Crowley to its first-ever state football championship... was an all-area pick as a junior... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Area 75 list... high school coach was Mike Papas... selected TCU over Purdue and Colorado State.
Jason Phillips, Fullback/Linebacker, 6-1, 215, Waller, Texas (High)
Played quarterback and linebacker at Waller High School... also served as the team's deep snapper... was the District 18-4A MVP in 2003... was a member of Team USA in the 2004 Global Bowl and was selected to play in the 2004 Bayou Bowl... carried 172 times for 1,291 yards, a 7.5 yards per carry average, as a senior... also completed 61 of 138 passes for 1,070 yards... was an all-district selection in 2002 after carrying 91 times for 734 yards... averaged 8.1 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns... served as team captain in both 2002 and 2003... was the District 18-4A Newcomer of the Year in 2001... was a regional qualifier in the 110 meter high hurdles on the track... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash... excellent student who was a Texas Scholar... selected TCU over Texas A&M, Baylor and Houston.
Preston Phillips, Offensive Line, 6-6, 270, Amarillo, Texas (Tascosa)
Big offensive lineman who lettered twice in football for head coach Ron Rogers at Tascosa High in Amarillo... named his school's outstanding lineman and was a member of the Amarillo Globe-News 2003 Super Team and was a Prep Extra All-Area selection... also earned first team all-district honors... runs a 5.2 40-yard dash... Preston Carl Phillips was born October 9, 1985... parents are Bill and Kathy Phillips... enjoys fishing, hunting, weight lifting, computers and video games... selected TCU over Oklahoma State and Kansas.
Heath Raetz, Offensive Line, 6-5, 250, Burleson, Texas (High)
One of four offensive linemen to commit to TCU this spring... was a first team all-district selection... coached by Mel Maxfield at Burleson High School... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Area 75 list... runs a 5.1 40-yard dash... selected TCU over Baylor, Kansas and SMU.
Shae Reagan, Quarterback, 6-4, 255, Idalou, Texas (High)
A "dual-threat" quarterback, was the only signalcaller signed by the Frogs this spring... listed by Rivals.com as the 24th best "athlete" in the country... ranked 37th on Rivals Texas Top 100 list... rushed for 675 yards with 10 touchdowns and threw for 708 yards with six TDs in just five games in 2003... suffered a season-ending ACL injury... threw for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 1,355 yards and 22 scores as a junior when he was named all-district at both quarterback and safety... also logged 73 tackles on defense... runs a 4.7 40-yard dash... was an all-district performer in basketball... was the state champion in the discus in 2002 and placed second in 2003... excellent student in the classroom... had committed to Texas Tech, but was also offered by Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
Blake Schlueter, Offensive Line, 6-4, 245, Ganado, Texas (High)
Recruited to play center on the offensive line for the Horned Frogs... played on both sides of the ball at Ganado High School for coach Keith Wright... also served as the deep snapper... earned three letters each in football, basketball, and powerlifting and two in track & field... as a senior, was a finalist for the 2A State Player of the Year honors, was a first team all-state offensive center and defensive end, earned first team all-Greater Houston honors, and was the district and area defensive MVP... logged 124 tackles including 20 TFLs, 11 sacks and blocked four punts as a senior... also notched 70 pancake blocks... as a junior, was a second team all-state defensive lineman and a third team all-state center... named the district defensive MVP and was a first team all-area center... as a sophomore, was the district defensive Newcomer of the Year and was a first team all-area selection at center... recorded 329 tackles during his three-year career, including 27 sacks and 13 blocked kicks... on the hardwood, earned team MVP honors as both a sophomore and junior and was a first team all-district pick... was a two-time regional qualifier in powerlifting... named his school's Male Athlete of the Year following his junior season... averaged 10.5 points and 14 rebounds per game as a junior... runs a 4.9 40-yard dash... represented Ganado at Boys State and is completing requirements to make Eagle Scout... Blake Andrew Schlueter was born April 22, 1986... mother's name is Nancy Pittman... selected TCU over Missouri, Baylor, Houston and Rice.
Justin Watts, Tailback, 5-10, 195, Center, Texas (High)
The lone tailback recruit in the 2004 class... lettered three times for coach Gale Ashley at Center High School... earned first team all-district honors as a kick returner... logged 800 yards rushing and 12 TDs as a junior... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash with a 31-inch vertical leap... Justin Antione Watts was born October 8, 1985... parents are Ernest and Shirley Watts... enjoys lifting weights and running track... selected TCU over Duke, Northwestern, Oklahoma State and SMU.