February 05, 2004
announce official signing of 21 recruits
2004 football recruiting class ranks as one of the best
in the state and the best for TCU in the last three years.
You cant fault head coach Gary Patterson for being
in such high spirits when he met with the local press
Wednesday to discuss his 2004 recruiting class.
Patterson had every reason to be optimistic on national
signing day because he was able to announce the teams
21 newest players, consisting of 16 freshmen and five
junior college transfers.
Were excited, Patterson said. I
feel really good about (the recruits) from top to bottom.
This is maybe in the last three years our best overall
and strongest group.
Randy Rodgers, a contributing author to Dave Campbells
Texas Football magazine, said he is impressed with TCUs
recruiting class this year and that he ranks it as the
third best in the state, behind Texas and Texas A&M.
I think they did pretty well, Rodgers said.
I like how they recruited tall offensive lineman
who will be able to fill out. They also got a lot of multiple
position guys who are very athletic.
Highlighting the incoming class is Shae Reagan, a dual-threat
quarterback from Idalou High School. Reagan, the 24th
best athlete in the country rated by Rivals.com,
originally committed to play football at Texas Tech over
programs like TCU, Nebraska and Kansas State.
Patterson said the quarterback was always on TCUs
radar and that the program never lost interest in the
Idalou native, even after he tore his ACL last season
and committed to Tech.
We had been recruiting him from the very beginning,
he said of TCUs only 2004 quarterback recruit. Its
one of those situations where he had committed to Tech
but I think he felt more at home here. I dont think
he felt Tech was a bad place, but he just felt more comfortable
here. Were glad that he will be a part of this class.
Patterson joked that Reagan ultimately decided to play
at TCU because the recruit was impressed with his savvy
He was just learning how to play guitar so we taught
him how to play, Patterson said. He got one
for Christmas and we sat there playing a little 70s and
I taught him a couple of boogie beats. That was the first
thing he said when he changed his mind that the
reason I came was the free guitar lessons.
Rodgers said Reagan is a great addition for TCU, and he
thinks the quarterback has a bright future with the Frogs.
Reagan is far and away the best player in the Panhandle,
Rodgers said. Hes a terrific athlete who could
easily be an NFL quarterback before its all said
and done. He was a tremendous steal for TCU.
Joining Reagan in the Frogs 2004 recruiting class
is a great combination of young players and experienced
junior college transfers, Patterson said. He said all
the recruits are excited to play college football, and
they have shown a great commitment to the program.
The thing I like most about this group if I had
to sum them all up is that they are a group that really
loves to play the game, Patterson said. They
are very committed to be a Horned Frog and that excites
me more than anything else.
Rodgers said although he likes TCUs incoming class,
he does not expect many of them to play significant roles
in the Frogs rotation this season. He said the three freshmen
wide receivers, Detrick James, Donald Massey and Otis
McDaniel, are all great athletes but that they will not
be counted on in 2004.
As football players, (the receivers) arent
as advanced as the ones TCU has playing right now,
he said. I dont see any of them being counted
on too much this season.
Although Patterson admits he rarely expects to get any
immediate impact from his new recruits, especially the
freshmen, he said the junior college transfers will be
expected to contribute right away.
Patterson said these five transfers will need to play
significant roles in their first season with the Frogs,
as the team looks to improve its secondary from last season
and fill the voids of the graduated Aaron Schobel and
The biggest thing with this group is that we needed
immediate help on the defensive side of the ball,
he said. 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
Patterson said he credits the Frogs great recruiting
class this year to the teams run at a Bowl Championship
Series game last season.
Even more important to the successful recruiting, however,
is the programs commitment to academics and its
players, he said.
At TCU, for us, one of the selling points that I
think we have because weve been able to back it
up is that its not what we will do for you in the
next four years, its what we will do for you the
next 40 years, Patterson said.