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January 19, 2014

TCU lands recruiting pledges from prep linemen


The TCU football program gained commitments from two high school linemen Sunday.

Munday defensive end L.J. Collier and Pearland offensive tackle Ryan Griswold gave pledges to coach Gary Patterson, bringing TCU’s commitments, including two junior college signees, to 16.

TCU’s high pedigree of defensive ends was a selling point for Colliier, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound speed rusher.

Collier cited the work ethic instilled by the TCU coaches in practice, he said. “They are going to push you and make a man out of you,” he said.

Collier has been recruited for a while by new TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, hired in mid-December from Texas Tech. Collier held an offer from Texas Tech, but chose to follow Cumbie to TCU.

Griswold had been committed to Boise State before settling on TCU this weekend.

Both players took official visits to Fort Worth over the weekend.

— Travis L. Brown


• TCU men’s tennis: The 39th-ranked TCU won both singles and doubles at the NCTC Collegiate Classic in Indian Wells, Calif., on Sunday. Facundo Lugones stayed unbeaten in the spring season, beating Uros Petronijevic of San Diego 6-4, 6-2 to win singles. Arnau Dachs and Jhonathan Gonzalez defeated Diego Rocha and Aidan Talcot of Denver 6-4 to win the doubles title.

• TCU/UTA track and field: UT Arlington men finished third and TCU fourth at the Texas A&M Invitational indoor track and field meet Saturday. The TCU women were seventh and UTA ninth. TCU running back Jordan Moore won the 60-meter hurdles. Wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper finished second in the long jump. Tricia Terry won the women’s 3,000-meter run, and Megan Smith was second in the shot put. For UTA, Ryan Tilotta won the men’s 3,000 meters and Ashly Wright won the women’s 800. UTA’s Roland Sales was second in the high jump.

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