TCU Recruiting: LaDarius Brown Leads Best Recruiting Class in School History

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2011

Coach Gary Patterson has led TCU to its best recruiting class in school history.
Coach Gary Patterson has led TCU to its best recruiting class in school history.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The smoke has finally settled from National Signing Day, and Texas Christian is one of this year's big winners.

Coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs got commitments from 24 players and netted the 26th overall recruiting class according to This is tops amongst non-AQ conference teams and the best in school history.

The Frogs kept their traditional focus and recruited heavily in Texas and surrounding states.

Every one of their signed recruits is rated at least a 3-star by Rivals, and their class ranks higher than many big conference schools. These include Big 12 neighbors Texas A&M and Oklahoma State and AQ schools Iowa, Miami, Penn State and Wisconsin. 

The class is headlined by Waxahachie, Texas athlete LaDarius Brown. Brown, at 6'2", 190 pounds, will most likely make his impact in Fort Worth at wide receiver. He has great size and speed, making him a mismatch for many corners. He is very difficult to tackle and possesses great lower body strength. He could also be a threat returning kicks.

The Frogs did a nice job of reloading their potent offensive attack with dynamic playmakers. Brandon Carter, who originally had orally committed to Oklahoma, will provide additional size and ability at the receiver position.

The hidden gem on offense could be Mesquite, Texas dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin. A two-year high school starter, Boykin has shown an ability to make things happen with his arm and his legs. In 2010, his senior year, he ran for 30 touchdowns and threw for another 28. All this while contributing 4,729 yards of total offense.

On defense the Frogs addressed a big need and signed seven defensive backs. LaDarius Brown could also figure into this plan at some point but will most likely make his impact at receiver. This was a huge need coming into the season with the losses of Tejay Johnson, Alex Ibiloye, Jason Teague, Colin Jones and Tyler Luttrell.

One area of need that could pose a problem is along the offensive and defensive lines. TCU has needs at both positions, and while DT Chuck Hunter, another 4-star recruit, and OL Jamelle Naff, who has great size and can both pass and run block, will help, this may not be enough.

TCU isn't going to sneak up on anyone anymore. The Frogs have just completed their best season and recruiting class in school history. This, combined with back-to-back BCS appearances and a pending move to the AQ Big East conference, has obviously buoyed recruiting efforts. For coach Gary Patterson and his staff, the future is very bright in Fort Worth.