1997 TCU Football Recruits

1997 TCU Football Recruits

Feb 5, 1997

FORT WORTH TCU football coach Pat Sullivan gave the Horned Frogs' 1997 football recruiting harvest a solid stamp of approval.

"From the standpoint of size, speed and athletic ability I am comfortable that this group (of recruits) is potentially the best we have had," Sullivan said while looking over the list of 26 athletes who inked with the Horned Frogs on Wednesday. TCU's list included six junior college additions.

"Some will mature faster than others, and some will fit in faster, as you would expect the junior college players to do. Still, if they are willing to get themselves ready, practically every one of the signees have the ability and potential to contribute next fall."

TCU Football Signees 1997

Eric Anderson S, 6-1, 205. Blinn (TX) Community College/ Hurst, TX (L.D Bell)
Anthony Bielski OL, 6-7, 310, Illinois Valley Community College/ Orland Park (Sandburg)
Shannon Brazzell ('96) LB, 6-0, 215, Lewisville, TX (High)
Nick Bulaich RB, 5-11, 200, Hurst, TX (Richland)
Michael Crawford WR, 5-9, 170, Orange, CA (Lutheran)
London Dunlap DE 6-3, 225, Kilgore (TX) Community College / Houston (Westfield)
Joe Hill FB, 6-2, 210, Grand Prairie, TX (South Grand Prairie)
Larry Hollinquest DB, 6-2, 185, Pasadena, TX (South Houston)
Cedric James WR, 6-3, 185, Kennedale, TX (High)
Raymon Lacey LB, 6-1, 260, Blinn (TX) Community College / Cedar Rapids, IA
George Layne III FB, 6-0, 235, Alvin, TX (High)
Adrian Lewis LB, 6-3, 205, Leander, TX (High)
Allen Lewis LB, 6-3, 205, Leander, TX (High)
Chad McCarty DE 6-2, 245, Fort Worth (Eastern Hills)
Charlie Owens Ath/DB, 6-0, 185, MacGregor, TX (High)
Kendrick Patterson DB, 5-11, 165, San Antonio, TX (Roosevelt)
Victor Payne DL, 6-2, 300, Jasper, TX (High)
Lou Porch FB, 5-11, 223, Cerritos (CA) Community College / Bellflower, CA (High)
Doug Shanks DE, 6-3, 245 Kilgore (TX) Community College / Rosenburg, TX (Terry)
Rishard Stafford WR, 5-10, 170, Dallas, TX (Lincoln)
LaDainian Tomlinson RB, 5-11, 195, Waco, TX (University)
LaVar Veale DB, 5-10, 175, San Antonio, TX (East Central)
Robert Wallace OL, 6-4, 295, Euless, TX (Trinity)
Greg Walls DB, 6-1, 180, Picayune, MS (Memorial)
Shawn Worthen, DT, 6-1, 300, San Antonio, TX (Alamo Heights)
Fred Wright DE, 6-3, 238, Kountze, TX (High)

Horned Frog Recruit Bios

Eric Anderson, S, 6-1, 205 Blinn (TX) Community College/ Hurst (L.D. Bell)
In helping Blinn to back-to-back national juco grid crowns this TCU signee posted some impressive individual numbers. Anderson enjoyed a team-high 110 tackles during '96, plus he was responsible for seven career interceptions and 10.5 quarterback sacks in his two seasons with the Buccaneers. Blessed with 4.5 speed, he earned all- conference (Southwest Junior College) and all-region honors as a safety in 1996. As a prepster, at nearby L.D. Bell High School, Anderson gained all-state and all-district and District(5-5A) Defender of the Year honors his senior season. He chose TCU over Houston, Clemson and California. Son of Robert and Belinda Denman.

Anthony Bielski OL, 6-7, 310, Illinois Valley Community College / Orland Park, IL (Sandburg H.S.)
This strapping recruit nabbed second- team team juco all-American, all-region and all-conference honors in 1996 at Illinois Valley C.C. DOB: August 13, 1977. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bielski of Orland Park, Illinois.

Shannon Brazzell ('96) LB, 6-0, 215, Lewis-ville, TX (High)
Brazzell, also a 1996 signee with the Horned Frogs, was a two-time first-team all-stater for Lewisville's Farmers. During his final year at Lewisville (1995), Brazzell racked up 113 tackles (including 21 for losses) and forced five fumbles en route to Blue-Chip All-America and consensus Texas Top 100 honors. His high school career included 563 tackles and over 50 tackles for losses (and seven interceptions). DOB: August 15, 1977. Son of Dwayne and Sheila Brazzell of Lewisville.

Eric Anderson, S, 6-1, 205 Blinn (TX) Community College/ Hurst (L.D. Bell)
In helping Blinn to back-to-back national juco grid crowns this TCU signee posted some impressive individual numbers. Anderson enjoyed a team-high 110 tackles during '96, plus he was responsible for seven career interceptions and 10.5 quarterback sacks in his two seasons with the Buccaneers. Blessed with 4.5 speed, he earned all- conference (Southwest Junior College) and all-region honors as a safety in 1996. As a prepster, at nearby L.D. Bell High School, Anderson gained all-state and all-district and District(5-5A) Defender of the Year honors his senior season. He chose TCU over Houston, Clemson and California. Son of Robert and Belinda Denman.

Anthony Bielski OL, 6-7, 310, Illinois Valley Community College / Orland Park, IL (Sandburg H.S.)
This strapping recruit nabbed second- team team juco all-American, all-region and all-conference honors in 1996 at Illinois Valley C.C. DOB: August 13, 1977. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bielski of Orland Park, Illinois.

Shannon Brazzell ('96) LB, 6-0, 215, Lewis-ville, TX (High)
Brazzell, also a 1996 signee with the Horned Frogs, was a two-time first-team all-stater for Lewisville's Farmers. During his final year at Lewisville (1995), Brazzell racked up 113 tackles (including 21 for losses) and forced five fumbles en route to Blue-Chip All-America and consensus Texas Top 100 honors. His high school career included 563 tackles and over 50 tackles for losses (and seven interceptions). DOB: August 15, 1977. Son of Dwayne and Sheila Brazzell of Lewisville.

Larry Hollinquest DB, 6-2, 185, Pasadena, TX (South Houston)
Hollingquest, one of the state's premier secondary prospects, also was one of the Lone Star state's top schoolboy kickoff return specialists during his junior and senior seasons at South Houston. Hollinquest, who offers 4.5 speed, was a two-time 23-5A all-district performer. Recruited widely on the national scene in 1996, Hollinquest finally settled on TCU. DOB: June 8, 1978. Son of Larry and Veronica Hollinquest of Pasadena.

Cedric James WR, 6-3, 185, Kennedale, TX (High)
In garnering 11-3A all-district honors for the second straight season, James enjoyed 27 pass receptions for 678 yards and eleven touchdowns his senior year with the Wildcats. He picked the Horned Frogs over WAC rival, Tulsa. DOB: March 19, 1979. Son of Laura and Percy Powell of Kennedale, Texas.

Raymone Lacey LB, 6-1, 260, Blinn (TX) Community College / Cedar Rapids, IA
The powerful Lacey was instrumental in Blinn Community College's back-to-back national titles. After collecting a team-high 16 QB sacks as a freshman with the Buccaneers, Lacey notched 14 more in '96 en route to first-team all-league (Southwest Junior College) honors. Lacey, who benches 425 pounds, won consecutive national high school shot put championships as well as back-to-back national prep Powerlifting titles. He also captured the national junior college shot put title in 1996. DOB: December 8, 1975.

George Layne III FB, 6-0, 235, Alvin, TX (High) ...
A two-way performer at Sweeny High School in 1995 and at Alvin High School in '96, Layne averaged nearly seven yards per carry en route to 1,176 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns his junior and senior seasons. As a linebacker he piled up 208 tackles, nine QB sacks and three interceptions during those two campaigns both all-district seasons for this Frog signee. Layne offers 4.5 speed. DOB: October 9, 1978. The son of former TCU quarterback, George Layne (and Terry Powers), the younger Layne chose the Frogs over New Mexico, Michigan State, Oklahoma and California.

Adrian Lewis LB, 6-2, 200, Leander, TX (High)
Half of Leander's dynamic twin linebacking package, Adrian recorded 151 tackles including a dozen for losses, caused two fumbles, blocked a punt and authored four QB sacks for the Lions in '96. He tallied over 400 career tackles during his illustrious career with the Lions. Lewis twice gained all-district (14-5A) honors and was an all-Centex selection in 1996. He opted for TCU over Minnesota, Southwest Texas and Sam Houston State. DOB: October 14, 1978. Son of Donald and Janelle Lewis of Cedar Park, Texas.

Allen Lewis LB, 6-2, 200, Leander, TX (High)
The other half of Leander's dynamic twin linebacking package, Allen amassed 158 tackles including a 17 for losses, caused four fumbles and had four QB sacks in earning district 14-5A Defensive Player of the Year honors in '96. He accounted for 440 tackles during his sterling three seasons with Leander's program. He also was a two-time all-district (14-5A) honors and an all-Centex selection in as a senior. He opted for TCU over Minnesota, Southwest Texas and Sam Houston State. DOB: October 14, 1978. Son of Donald and Janelle Lewis of Cedar Park, Texas.

Chad McCarty DE, 6-2, 245, Fort Worth (Eastern Hills)
A Texas Top 100 schoolboy in '96, McCarty authored 62 tackles and celebrated 16 QB sacks for the Highlanders during his sterling senior campaign after recording 56 stops and six sackings as a junior. He was an all- district (6-4A) and all-regional honoree in '96. The younger brother of current TCU defensive starter Chance McCarty Chad picked the Horned Frogs over Rice, Texas Tech, Northwestern and Baylor. He also is a shot put and discus standout at Eastern Hills. Still growing, McCarty won't reach his 18th birthday until late September (20th). Son of Charles E. and Blanche McCarty of Fort Worth.

Kendrick Patterson DB, 5-11, 165, San Antonio, TX (Roosevelt)
Patterson was a key member of the Roughriders' class 5A Division II state championship team in 1995 and earned a Texas Top 100 listing in '96. As a deep defender offering 4.4 speed, Patterson recorded 29 pass breakups during his junior and senior campaigns at S.A. Roosevelt. He is also one of the state's top hurdlers. Patterson picked the Horned Frogs over New Mexico, Baylor, UTEP and Purdue. DOB: August 11, 1979. Son of Freddie and Maxine Patterson of San Antonio.

Victor Payne DL, 6-1, 300, Jasper, TX (High)
The powerful Payne, one of the state's top powerlifters and high school shot put men, was responsible for 116 tackles, eight sacks and 12 QB hurries as senior. He also was dominant as an offensive lineman. A four-year starter, Payne was a 19-4A all-district performer threeyears in a row offensively and defensively and was that league's Defensive of Player of the Year in 1995. An honor student, he selected the Horned Frogs over Kansas State and Stephen F. Austin. DOB: June 19, 1978. Son of Shirley A. Payne of Jasper, Texas.

Lou Porch FB, 5-11, 223, Cerritos (CA) Community College/Bellflower, CA
Porch joined the TCU program as a midyear signee after earning all-league honors in 1996 at Cerritos C.C. As a high schooler at Bellflower, California (High), Porch playing both fullback and linebacker had attained Blue-Chip all-American acclaim his senior year. After helping Cerritos to a 9-2 record and a berth in the Strawberry Bowl in '96, Porch selected TCU over UNLV and Fresno State. DOB: February 5, 1975. Son of Lou Porch and Linda Jefferson of Bellflower, California.

Doug Shanks DE, 6-3, 245, Kilgore (TX) Community College / Rosenburg, TX (Terry)
Shanks was a first-team all-league (Southwest Junior College) selection at defensive end for the Rangers in 1996. He had gained all-everything honors as a defensive standout at Rosenburg's Terry High School in 1993 and 1994. DOB: April 24, 1976. Son Henry and Ella Shanks of Rosenburg, Texas.

Rishard Stafford WR, 5-10, 170, Dallas (Lincoln)
Stafford, a speedy prospect at wide receiver, also is one of the Lone Star state's top schoolboy 100-meter competitors. He offers 4.3 - 4.4 speed in the 40 dash. TCU won out over Florida State as Stafford's college of choice. DOB: August 18, 1979. Son of Ester Stafford of Dallas.

LaDainian Tomlinson RB, 5-11, 195, Waco, TX (University)
Tomlinson accounted for an amazing 2,554 yards and 39 touchdowns during his senior year at Waco's University High School. He enjoyed seven rushing performances of 200 yards or more in '96 en route to district 25-4A MVP and Super Centex Offensive Player of the Year honors. Tomlinson also was a second-team class 4A all-stater in '96. This talented Horned Frog signee also is a basketball and sprint standout for the Trojans. Tomlinson selected TCU over Baylor, UTEP and Kansas State.

LaVar Veale DB, 5-10, 183, San Antonio, TX (East Central)
Veale combined for 105 tackles, a dozen interceptions and three punt returns for scores during his brilliant junior and senior seasons at East Central High School. He even accounted for extra-point returns of 107 and 98 yards. Veale was accorded all-city and all-district (28-5A) honors both years. He offers 4.5 speed. Veale picked TCU over Texas Tech and New Mexico. DOB: November 2, 1978. Son of Larry and Veale and Hattie Davies of San Antonio, Texas.

Robert Wallace OL, 6-4, 295, Euless, TX (Trinity)
A consensus Texas Top 100 schoolboy with outstanding mobility and size, the highly- sought Wallace was considered one of the premier offensive line prospects in the Lone Star state for 1997. Wallace also garnered all- district (5-5A) and all-Northeast Tarrant County honors in '96. TCU landed him over South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona. Wallace's older brother, Leon, was a former football all-star at Notre Dame, and his sister, Vanessa, currently is a women's basketball standout at the University of Texas. DOB: October 21, 1978. Son of Leon and Anita Wallace of Euless, Texas.

Greg Walls DB, 6-1, 180, Picayune, MS (Memorial) Walls was a three- time all-district and all-area defensive back at Picayune's Memorial High School and added all-Gulf Coast honors his senior year. He accounted for 46 tackles, two interceptions, three fumbles caused, three recovered and a sack during his sterling senior campaign. Walls was a two-way performer at Memorial where also massed 866 yards and 10 career touchdowns on 49 pass receptions. Plus, with his impressive schoolboy pitching stats, he is considered one of the state's top high school baseballers. DOB: February 22, 1979. Son of Gregory and Lawnese Walls of Picayune, Mississippi.

Shawn Worthen DL, 6-1, 300, San Antonio , TX (Alamo Heights)
A two- year standout at Alamo Heights, Worthen accounted for 74 tackles, ten QB sacks and 12 hurries during his senior campaign. He was a two-time 4A all-state, all-district (29-4A), and all-city performer for the Mules. Worthen also is one of the state's top high school track and field weight men. He picked TCU over UTEP, Arizona, Texas A&M and Baylor. DOB: September 12, 1978. Son of Billy and Rose Worthen of San Antonio, Texas.

Fred Wright DE 6-3, 238, Kountze, TX (High)
Wright compiled an impressive three-year career for Kountze's Lions as a two-way performer. He was a two-time first-team all-district (23-3A) choice on defense, and three times he gained second-team all-league honors on offense. Wright had a total of 105 stops in '96 including 13 QB sacks and 19 other tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also has been a standout on Kountze's basketball, baseball, track and field and soccer teams. Wright settled on TCU after considering Arizona and Texas A&M. DOB: August 23, 1978. Son of W.L. Wright, Jr. and Louise Finnister of Silsbee, Texas.

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