Coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frog football program announced the signing of 20 players yesterday on national signing day.
The Frogs' 2009 recruiting class features a quartet of four-star signees as ranked by Rivals.com. In the previous eight years combined, TCU had just five four-star recruits. A total of seven signees landed in Rivals' final Texas top-100 ranking.
A total of seven signees landed in Rivals' final Texas top-100 ranking.
This year's four-star recruits are tailback Waymon James (Sherman), quarterback Casey Pachall (Brownwood) and safeties Jurell Thompson (Wichita Falls Rider) and Malcolm Williams (Trinity Valley Community College).
James is ranked by Rivals.com as the second-best running back in Texas and the 10th-best back in the nation. He set Sherman season records with 1,939 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns on an 11.3 per carry average as a senior.
Pachall, who turned down scholarship offers from the likes of Florida and Notre Dame, is rated by Rivals as the ninth-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation. As a senior, he passed for 2,808 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding 512 yards rushing.
Thompson is the nation's 19th-best safety according to Rivals. Williams, the lone junior college transfer, was the 5A Defensive Player of the Year at South Grand Prairie High School. He originally signed with Oklahoma and will have two seasons of eligibility at TCU.
Pachall, linebacker Tanner Brock (Copperas Cove) and wide receiver Josh Boyce (Copperas Cove) signed financial aid contracts and have already enrolled at TCU. They will take part in spring practice."The three kids who have already been in our offseason program have handled the transition as well as anyone we've ever had here," Patterson said. "If the rest are like them, we'll have one of our best classes at TCU."
Read the players' bios here.