We're losing some really good players on the defensive line with the departure of seniors Terrell Lathan, Mike Tuaua at defensive end and Davion Pierson at defensive tackle. Sad as we are to see them go, we're excited about guys like Gary Overshown from Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas. Overshown is a 6'5", 241 pound, three-star defensive end prospect who can run a 4.52 second 40 according to 247 Sports.
Gary Overshown may have just signed his LOI today, but he has been committed to TCU since all the way back on 6/22/2015. As Gary Patterson always says, they want guys who want to come to TCU. That has always seemed to be the case with this young man. He had 14 total offers, including those from blue blood programs like Oklahoma and Nebraska, but after he committed to TCU he never seriously pursued a career elsewhere. He never even took a single visit. That really says something considering that Oklahoma had pursued him before he got his offer from TCU, and that Oklahoma officially offered him about 10 days after he committed to the Frogs.
The video below illustrates his ability. He has quick hands and makes good use of leverage against blockers. More importantly is that he is good at keeping his eyes on the play, allowing him to utilize the above mentioned skills to shed blocks and attack when the ball comes within reach. He also doesn't quit on plays. Many of the tackles he gets are because he stayed engaged, was patient, and either beat a block or got blocked, but kept pursuing the ball and made the tackle anyway. Overshown had 48 tackles, with six tackles for loss, six sacks and two pass break-ups in his senior season last fall.
I'm excited to have him, and I think he'll make a great addition to the long tradition of excellent defensive line play that we have enjoyed during the Patterson era. Gary Patterson and Gary Overshown, together at last. It couldn't happen soon enough. Welcome to Gary's team.....Gary!