TCU Football Inks 21 To National Letters of Intent
Feb. 2, 2005
Aaron Brown, Tailback, 6-1, 190, Katy, Texas (Mayde Creek)
Played in only one game as a senior at Mayde Creek High School... coached in football by Joe Sheffy... runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and recorded a 10.45 100-meter dash time on the track, one of the fastest prep times in the nation in 2004... gave a verbal commitment to Kansas and also considered Colorado and Tulsa before signing with TCU.
Allen Christopher, Defensive End, 6-4, 225, Jacksonville, Texas (High)
Earned District 16-4A first team honors after recording 93 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a senior outside linebacker at Jacksonville High School... coached by Randy Copeland... runs a 4.6 40-yard dash... also had interest from Houston, Tulsa and New Mexico... Ray Allen Christopher was born October 24, 1986... is the son of Ray and Polly Christopher... interested in a degree in business or education.
Brian Cortney, Punter, 6-4, 200, San Diego, Calif. (Mesa CC)
Junior college punter from Mesa (Calif.) Community College who spent his freshman season as a redshirt at UNLV... averaged 40.1 yards per punt in 2004... enrolled at TCU in January and will go through spring drills... will have two years of eligibility remaining at TCU... was a 2002 graduate of St. Augustine High School in San Diego... lettered three times in football and was a middle blocker on the volleyball team... named the 2001 Special Teams Player of the Year for the Saints under coach Jerry Ralph... invited to the Alex Spanos All-Star Classic... born September 13, 1983... parents are Karen and David Cortney.
Chase Gibson, Safety, 5-11, 200, Wylie, Texas (High)
Signed to play in the defensive secondary after being a scrambling quarterback in high school with big play ability... coached by Mark Ball at Wylie High School... fought through several injuries to lead Wylie to the Class 4A Division II Region II final and was selected as the District 11-4A MVP... also earned all-state, all-area and all-district honors... was the MVP of the county... threw for 3,086 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 606 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior... had 150 tackles and nine interceptions during his sophomore and junior seasons... lettered in both football and track & field... listed No. 85 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 list... turned down an offer from BYU and had interest from Iowa and Utah... runs a 4.45 40-yard dash... Chase Alan Gibson was born November 14, 1986... parents are Benji and Pam Gibson.
Bradley Guillory, Offensive Line, 6-3, 290, Lafayette, La. (Carencro)
Played offensive guard as a prep standout at Carencro High School in Lafayette, La... coached by Mac Barrouse... rated as the 17th best prospect in the state of Louisiana on one list and 36th among the Louisiana Fab 50... named first team all-state in the 5A classification... was all-District 3-5A and an all-state performer as a junior... also on the weightlifting team and was the weightlifting champion in 2004... considered Ole Miss and Oklahoma State before committing to TCU... Bradley O'Neal Guillory was born April 9, 1987... parents are Andre and Roxanna Harris... high school teammate of TCU signee Chris Jones.
Stephen Hodge, Safety, 6-0, 210, Tatum, Texas (High)
Regarded as one of the top athletes in East Texas... played quarterback and defensive back for coach Andy Evans at Tatum High School... led the Eagles to 28 wins in 38 varsity starts over three years... also handled the punting chores... as a junior he rushed for more than 2,000 yards and passed for more than 1,600 yards, combining for 45 touchdowns, earning district MVP honors... as a senior he completed 105-of-160 passes for 1,471 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions and rushed for 1,561 yards and 19 touchdowns in a 12-2 campaign to earn district MVP honors for a second time... in three seasons he rushed for more than 4,000 yards and 51 touchdowns while passing for nearly 4,500 yards and 48 scores... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's State 100 list... ranked 56th on the state 100 list by Rivals.com... was on the 2003 TexasPrepXtra.com's East Texas All-Underclassmen team and on their 2004 All-East team... runs a 4.4 40-yard dash... also excels in baseball and basketball... considered Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Texas A&M, Louisiana-Monroe and SMU... Stephen Eugene Hodge was born July 17, 1987.. mother is Pauline Shelton... brother, Anthony, played football at Baylor.
Corderra Hunter, Cornerback, 6-2, 180, Longview, Texas (High)
Played cornerback for coach John King at Longview High... earned second team all-district accolades after picking off a pair of passes with eight pass breakups and 47 tackles... a member of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's and the Houston Chronicle's State 100 list... ranked 44th on the state 100 list by Rivals.com and 22nd in the nation among cornerbacks... ranked 38th on the SuperPrep Texas 99... also lettered in track & field... finished second behind current Frog Otis McDaniel in the 2004 5A state track meet in the 200 meters with a time of 21.27...runs a 4.4 40-yard dash... originally committed to Texas Tech but also considered Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Oklahoma... Corderra A. Hunter was born February 22, 1987... mother's name is Carolyn Hunter... prep teammate of TCU signee James Pierce.
Marcus Jackson, Quarterback, 6-1, 200, Houston, Texas (Westside)
Heady quarterback for the Houston Westside Wolves who helped guide his team to an 11-1 record as a senior... passed for 2,051 yards and rushed for 701 yards as a senior... completed 63-of-118 passes as a junior for 1,228 yards and 10 touchdowns... listed on the Houston Chronicle's state 100... ranked among the SuperPrep Texas 99... also visited Baylor and considered Iowa State, Utah and Houston before casting his lot with the Horned Frogs... born November 30, 1986.
Tim Jackson, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 175, Fort Worth, Texas (Everman)
Versatile threat who played a variety of positions at Everman during his senior season... played wide receiver and running back on the offensive side of the ball... rushed for 769 yards and seven touchdowns on 66 carries while catching 14 passes for 254 yards and four scores... also played defensive back where he made 36 tackles with two interceptions... returned three punts for 87 yards including a touchdown... was the member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Area Top 50 list... also considered Iowa before signing with TCU... born December 25, 1986.
Chris Jones, Defensive End, 6-4, 250, Lafayette, La. (Carencro)
Played defensive end for coach Mac Barrouse at Lafayette's Carencro High School... earned honorable mention all-state honors in Louisiana... also named to the all-Parish and all-Acadian teams... listed on the SuperPrep Louisiana 40... lettered in basketball as well as football... runs a 4.9 40-yard dash... owns a 27-inch vertical jump... originally committed to Oklahoma State and also considered Ole Miss and South Carolina before signing with the Frogs... Christopher Takiyus Jones was born August 9, 1986... mother's name is Trina Melancon... high school teammate of TCU signee Bradley Guillory.
Lorenzo Jones, Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 300, McKinney, Texas (High)
Regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the DFW Metroplex... logged 93 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and recorded five sacks as a senior at McKinney High... coached by Todd McVey... named the District 9-4A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 with Hebron's Alex Odiari... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's and the Houston Chronicle's State 100 list... ranked 32nd on the state 100 list by Rivals.com... listed as the 11th best area prospect by the Dallas Morning News... ranked as the nation's 25th best defensive tackle by Rivals.com... originally committed to Nebraska and later switched to Oklahoma State before signing with the Frogs... born September 11, 1986.
Tyler Marrou, Offensive Line, 6-5, 245, Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen)
Played center and on the defensive side of the ball at Corpus Christi Calallen High School... coached by Phil Danaher... earned third team all-state honors by the Sports Writers Association... a two-time All-South Texas selection and was the unanimous selection as the Offensive Lineman MVP in District 30-4A... was a first team all-district selection in 2003... also competed in basketball, baseball and track & field for the Fighting Wildcats... regarding as having good feet for pass protection... has a 27-inch vertical leap... runs a 4.8 40-yard dash... turned down a scholarship offer from Colorado... Tyler Ross Marrou was born February 14, 1987.. parents are Lane and Candy Marrou... interested in a degree in mechanical engineering... enjoys fishing and hunting.
James Pierce, Cornerback, 6-2, 185, Longview, Texas (High)
Played cornerback for coach John King at Longview High... had 25 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception as a senior... ranked among the SuperPrep Texas 99... lettered in both football and baseball... runs a 4.4 40-yard dash... originally committed to Texas Tech after considering Kansas, Tennessee and SMU... born November 9, 1986... prep teammate of TCU signee Corderra Hunter.
Rafael Priest, Cornerback, 5-10, 175, Dallas, Texas (Madison)
Lettered in football and track & field at James Madison High School in Dallas... football coach was Ronald Johnson... was a three-year first team all-district performer on the gridiron... played both ways in his senior season, logging 13 career interceptions as a defensive back and 27 receptions for 403 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver... named both the football and track team captain and MVP... was a member of Madison's state champion 4x100 meter relay unit... full name is Rafael Montré Priest... born March 11, 1987... parents are Mike and Shelia Priest... interested in a degree in the education field.
Nic Richmond, Offensive Line, 6-8, 285, Garland, Texas (South Garland)
Lettered in football, track & field and tennis at South Garland High School... earned all-district honors in football for coach Mickey Moss... made the move to the offensive side of the ball in 2004... ranked 41st on the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 list... ranked 65th on the SuperPrep Texas 99... was on the Houston Chronicle's State 100 list... listed by Rivals.com as the nation's 49th best offensive tackle... owns a seven foot-two inch wingspan... also considered Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tulane and SMU... Nicolas Richmond was born May 1, 1987.. parents are Chester and Ruby Richmond.
Mike Salvage, Cornerback, 5-10, 190, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC)
Played cornerback and returned kicks for Santa Rosa Junior College in the NorCal Conference over the past two years... ranked among the top 100 JUCOs by SuperPrep... the Bear Cubs were 7-4 in 2004 under coach Keith Simons... starred as a prep running back and receiver at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa, Calif... enrolled at TCU in January and will have two years of eligibility... comes from the same junior college that produced former Frog Logo Tevaseu... chose the Frogs over offers from Kentucky, Michigan State and Oregon State.
Nick Sanders, Cornerback, 5-10, 170, Kilgore, Texas (High)
Played running back and defensive back at Kilgore High School for coach Mike Vallery... led the team to a perfect 16-0 record and the Class 4A Division II state championship in 2004, the first in school history... was the District 17-4A kick/punt returner of the year. after averaging over 30 yards per kick return... also was a first team all-district selection at cornerback and a second team pick at running back... logged eight career interceptions... carried just 59 times for 459 yards as a senior... rushed 76 times for 625 yards and five touchdowns in a three-man rotation during his junior season... also had 11 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns, 13 pass breakups at corner and averaged 33 yards per kickoff return and 15 yards per punt return in 2003... Nicholas Deshon Sanders was born January 14, 1987... mother's name is Alice Colbert.
Chris Smith, Fullback, 5-11, 230, Navasota, Texas (High)
Named the Offensive MVP in District 20-3A as a running back for the 9-2 Navasota Rattlers... coached by Dan Burk... led the Brazos Valley in rushing in 2004 with 1,863 yards, earning Class 3A all-state honors by the Associated Press... rushed for more than 5,000 yards as a three-year starter... member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's State 100 list... also competes in track and powerlifting... placed third at regionals in powerlifting as a junior... considered Arizona, Baylor, Miami and Oklahoma State before deciding on TCU... ranked as the nation's 43rd best running back by Rivals.com... runs a 4.51 40-yard dash... born January 20, 1987.
Joseph Turner, Tailback, 6-1, 210, Austin, Texas (LBJ)
Rushed for 1,089 yards as a junior and had 735 yards through four games as a senior before injuring his knee... lettered in both football and track & field at LBJ High School in Austin... coached in football by David Seaborn... was a first team all-district performer in 2003... runs a 4.4 40-yard dash... also a standout on the track with a best time of 20.9 in the 200 meters... as a junior, was the district champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, placed second in the regionals and was fifth at the state 4A meet in the 200... Joseph Bradley Turner was born March 6, 1987... mother's name is Jackie Moore... undecided on a major field of study... interests include video games and drawing.
James Vess, Defensive Tackle, 6-3, 260, Fort Worth, Texas (Boswell)
Local product who was a member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Area Top 50 list... ranked 94th on the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 list... always double- and even triple-teamed, made 35 solo tackles, 32 assisted tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and 14 quarterback pressures as a senior in 2004... can also deep snap... has 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash... turned down overtures from Baylor, Colorado State, Purdue and SMU... born December 6, 1986.
Marvin White, Safety, 6-2, 200, Port Barre, La. (Kilgore College)
Junior college all-American from Kilgore College while playing for coach Jim Rieves... also earned first team all-conference accolades as a sophomore after picking off four passes... was the MVP of the Pilgrim's Pride Bowl game... listed as the 17th best junior college player according to Rivals.com and 53rd on the SuperPrep JUCO 100... helped the Rangers to a 10-2 record in 2004... was the Louisiana Defensive MVP in Class 2A in 2002 after the Port Barre (La.) Red Devils won their first state championship... earned 14 varsity letters: four in football, basketball and track and two in baseball... was an all-state player in both football and basketball... also considered Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette before committing to TCU... Marvin L. White was born December 5, 1983... mother's name is Terrie Thomas... interested in a degree in education.