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Chris Gaynor Signs His NLI

The offensive lineman out of Dodge City CC was a late flip to the Frogs, but fills a huge need.

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Having flipped his commitment from Kansas State to TCU just days ago, Offensive Tackle Chris Gaynor made it official this morning, signing his NLI with the Frogs Wednesday. At 6'5" and 290 pounds, Gaynor was a huge get for a TCU offense that will graduate four of five starters from along the o-line this year.

A second team NJCAA All American, Gaynor will have two years of eligibility remaining at TCU. With his experience and athletic ability, he is a candidate to slide into the starting lineup in 2016, where he can hopefully fill the void left by seniors Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Aviante Collins. He will face competition from talented sophomores Joseph Noteboom and Matt Pryor at the tackle spot, but with the way the Frogs move the football, depth along the offensive line is always an important cog in the success of a team.

A Florida native, Gaynor was pursued by several Big XII programs in addition to TCU and Kansas State, including WVU and Iowa State. But the opportunity to compete for a major role on a top ten program was too much for him to pass up.

For a program that was expecting to have major rebuilding to do in the trenches, the addition of an experienced lineman is a boon. One other fun fact - Dodge City is the same program where head coach Gary Patterson played his college ball. Welcome to the family, Chris!