On National Signing Day, there have been few surprises for the TCU brass. Coach Gary Patterson and company pretty much knew what they were getting.
One of the biggest recruits that they have garnered is four-star defensive tackle Chuck Hunter from West Monroe, Louisiana. Hunter was named Louisiana’s most outstanding defensive player, and Hunter was one of the last commits that coach Gary Patterson signed as Hunter committed on January 16, 2011. Hunter chose TCU over other schools like Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Baylor, Missouri and Oklahoma State.
Hunter is a 6’1, 294 pound anchor that will be used in the middle of Gary Patterson’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme. With the losses of Cory Grant, Wayne Daniels, and Kelly Griffin, TCU will have several spots to fill on the D-Line to go along with DJ Yendrey and Stansley Maponga.
According to Scout.com, Hunter excels due to his explosiveness, quick hands, and pass rushing ability. He has been criticized for a lack of finesse moves and technique. Scout.com also had the following to say about Hunter:
Hunter is a load in the middle and does a good job of not only taking on double teams to free up his linebackers but beating the double teams and making the play. He is explosive and comes off the ball low pretty consistently but can lose focus and leverage at times. He has quick hands and can push his blocker into the lap of the quarterback. Improving his conditioning and quickness will help him make plays outside the tackle box.
Hunter recorded 85 tackles and 5 sacks in his senior season at West Monroe High school.
Is the 2011 class Gary Patterson’s best since arriving at TCU? On paper, the strength of the prospects would appear to suggest yes. However, a recruiting class is measured by how they are doing three to four years down the road. Patterson’s classes have continually gotten better since he arrived at TCU, but they should. In the past two years, Patterson is 25-1 and recorded a Rose Bowl birth and another BCS bowl appearance.
Perhaps no one is better at developing and maximizing the talent of his players than Gary Patterson. For example, 2010 first round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts, defensive end Jerry Hughes, came to TCU as a two-star athlete without a certain position.
With players of Chuck Hunter’s talent and fellow four-star ATH LaDarius Brown, the possibilities are endless for Patterson and the Horned Frogs. Hunter has said that he still wants to get stronger and work on technique.
According to ESPNDallas, “Linebackers Deryck Gildon and Austin Terry and cornerback Jason Verrett have already enrolled at TCU and will take part in spring practice.”
TCU has filled needs in the secondary, wide receiver corps, and on the D-Line with Chuck Hunter. 2011 will be a time for Gary Patterson to show that he doesn’t rebuild, he reloads after losing so many seniors from the 2010 team.