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Louisiana defensive stalwart Patrick Jenkins signs on the dotted line

The Frogs found an impact player as they face the potential loss of one of the greats.

TCU Football vs Kansas | Fort Worth, TX (9.28.19)
TCU Football vs Kansas | Fort Worth, TX (9.28.19)
Melissa Triebwasser

TCU has long had success recruiting The Boot, and when they can lure a player with the talent of Patrick Jenkins, well, that’s never a bad thing.

One of four four star prospects committed in the class of 2020, Jenkins, a massive defensive tackle out of John Ehret High School in Louisiana, is exactly the kind of player Zarnell Fitch and Gary Patterson have made a priority for their defensive front.

Standing 6’2” and checking in at 282 pounds, Jenkins was pursued by nearly 30 schools as a top-flight recruit before settling on the Horned Frogs. Jenkins was committed to LSU from June to September, before backing off his commitment and joining the Frogs. TCU had to fend off LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and others to secure the services of the top 300 player, who is rated in the top 25 at his position and top 10 in the state.

The All-American Bowl participant is a little short for a tackle, but has a great first step and shows impressive speed in pursuit. A naturally gifted pass-rusher, he is college-ready size-wise, but should add strength as he participates in a collegiate weight program. He will get a chance to do that soon, as he is expected to enroll in January and get started with the Frogs.

With Ross Blacklock weighing his professional future, TCU has some holes to potentially fill on the defensive line. Jenkins is the only player at his position committed in the class of 2020, but joins a roster that includes rising senior Corey Bethley, rising juniors Terrell Cooper and George Ellis, and soon-to-be sophomores Earl Barquet and Adam Plant, all whom saw snaps in 2019. Blacklock could elect to return to the fold as well.

Get to know Patrick better here and check out his highlights below. Welcome to the Frog Fam!