TCU Bulks Up Front Lines on Way to Big 12

Coach Gary Patterson says the goal is always to fill needs

By Stephen Hawkins
|  Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012  |  Updated 7:19 PM CDT
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TCU Bulks Up Front Lines on Way to Big 12

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Fans cheer for the TCU Horned Frogs during a game at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

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TCU is going into the Big 12 after adding some bulk to the front lines.

The Horned Frogs' first signing class before moving into their new conference next season includes three offensive tackles -- all at least 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds. There are also four defensive linemen and a linebacker who could be a defensive end.

Coach Gary Patterson says the goal is always to fill needs, and one of the biggest things about going to the Big 12 is to be successful up front.

Those eight big players are among 23 signees announced by TCU on Wednesday.

There are 18 signees from Texas. The out-of-state additions include a pair of safeties from Georgia -- Jordan Moore and Zach Johnson. Moore made his decision public Monday night.

List of football players who signed national letters of intent for TCU on Wednesday:

LaDarius Anthony, rb, 6-0, 192, Kilgore HS, Kilgore
Austin Aune, qb, 6-2, 185, Argyle HS, Argyle
Gerren Ballard, te, 6-6, 250, Whitewright HS, Whitewright
Josh Carraway, de, 6-3, 225, Marcus HS, Flower Mound
B.J. Catalon, rb, 5-8, 190, Westside HS, Houston
Chad Childs, ol, 6-5, 280, La Grange HS, La Grange
Aviante Collins, ol, 6-6, 310, Willowridge HS, Sugar Land
Devonte Fields, dl, 6-4, 240, Martin HS, Arlington
Keivon Gamble, cb, 5-10, 190, Trinity Valley CC, Athens
Griffin Gilbert, te, 6-5, 215, Lake Travis HS, Austin
Deante' Gray, wr, 5-10, 180, Westside HS, Houston
A.J. Hilliard, lb, 6-2, 215, Oak HS, Klein
Joey Hunt, dt, 6-3, 285, El Campo HS, El Campo
Zach Jackson, db, 6-0, 185, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.
Derrick Kindred, ath, 5-10, 180, Wagner HS, San Antonio
Terrell Lathan, de, 6-5, 260, West Monroe HS, West Monroe, La.
Kolby Listenbee, ath, 6-0, 170, Bowie HS, Arlington
Tyler Matthews, qb, 6-3, 205, McPherson HS, McPherson, Kan.
James McFarland, lb, 6-3, 240, West Monroe HS, West Monroe, La.
Jordan Moore, db, 6-3, 210, Martin Luther King HS, Lithonia, Ga.
Jaden Oberkrom, pk, 6-3, 170, Martin HS, Arlington
Ethan Perry, p, 6-4, 220, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, ol, 6-6, 265, Haltom HS, Haltom City

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