Gary Patterson and TCU Football have a long history of recruiting Louisiana, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They reached back into The Boot this weekend, securing a commitment from three star defensive end Earl Barquet Monday, a top 25 player out of the state. He is the first Louisiana product to commit in this year’s class.
Barquet made plenty of fans with the wonderfully adorable tweet above, and surely many more will join now that he’s committed to TCU. The 6’3”, 236 pound athletic edge rusher out of John Ehret High School in Marrero, LA held 13 offers, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida State, and Texas A&M. But the chance to play early, coupled with the family atmosphere at TCU, sold him on the Horned Frogs, according to Jeremy Clark of 247. “It’s a good atmosphere and they care about their kids up there a lot. It’s a good school and I just see myself playing for them.” He also built a great relationship with defensive line coach Dan Sharp, who along with Jarrett Anderson recruited Barquet.
Coupled with the addition of US of C graduate transfer Shameik Blackshear, it’s been a good weekend for TCU Football along the defensive line. The losses of Ben Banogu and LJ Collier will be slightly dimmed with the potential of the class of 2019, a group that now includes three true freshmen - Adam Plant, Colt Ellison, and Barquet - along with juco transfer Parker Workman and the grad transfer Blackshear. Workman and Plant are already on campus and will participate in spring ball. The Frogs now have 25 players signed or committed in the class of 2019 (Plant counts against 2018, as a prep school player), the 30th ranked group in the country, and the third highest rated in the conference. It is a group heavy on the defensive side with a ton of potential and promise in the future.
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