West Monroe has become quite the pipeline for Gary Patterson and TCU. The 6'3", 260 pound DE is just the latest in a long line of defensive players to commit to TCU, and he is the highest-rated yet.
Collins, who narrowed down his choice to the Frogs and Hogs before giving Patterson the good news, was being closely watched by LSU and Alabama, but had not been extended an official offer by either school. Collins is the fourth player from Louisiana powerhouse West Monroe to sign with TCU during the Gary Patterson era, following Chucky Hunter (2011) and Terrell Lathan, Connor Osborne, and James McFarland (2012). He will join Louisiana products KaVaonte Turpin and John Diarse (Neville High), Isaiah Graham (Bastrop), DeShawn Raymond (East Jefferson High), Matt Boggs (Benton High), Jozie Milton (Silliman Institute), Artayvious Lynn (Milford Academy), Chris Bradley (Evangel Christian Academy), and Kelton Hollins (Zachary High) when he joins the program in 2017.
It's Official❗️#TooColdU pic.twitter.com/5SKg4W1iKE— ☁️Dennis (@kingcollins_) June 13, 2016
The no. 9 rated defensive end in the country, Collins should be an ideal fit in the 4-2-5 defense. He is an instant-impact candidate on a line that will have several key pieces to replace heading into the 2017 season. He is the eighth member of the 2017 class, a group who is steadily climbing up the recruiting rankings as their numbers grow. You can check out his highlights below:
Welcome to the Frog Fam, Dennis!