"TCU offered me last Sunday at their Junior Day," said West Monroe defensive end James McFarland. "My parents and I looked things over, talked about it, and then decided that TCU is a good fit.
"I enjoyed the Junior Day and my parents also really enjoyed it. We saw a lot of the campus. When Coach (Gary) Patterson offered me, he told me he'll work with me to help me get better. I told him I'll play any position they want."
McFarland plays defensive end for West Monroe, but he has the size and speed (6-3, 230 to 240, 4.6) to also play linebacker. Which does he prefer?
"I haven't really thought about it, but I probably like defensive end better," he said. "I like playing with my hand on the ground."
Last month, TCU signed West Monroe defensive tackle Chuck Hunter. How big was that for the Frogs in terms of recruiting McFarland?
"Chuck is my teammate and I love him to death," said McFarland. "That's not going to change now. I'm really excited about playing again with him in college, and hopefully we'll bring more teammates with us to TCU."
What did McFarland have to say about TCU's success on the field, and what was the reaction of the Frogs' coaching staff when he committed?
"TCU has done a really good job the past couple of years," McFarland said. "Some people say it's a small school, but you have look at the success they've had. It's impressive to learn about them. Their recent success was definitely part of my decision.
"I decided to commit to TCU last Tuesday. When I told Coach Patterson, he was ecstatic. He was pretty excited. He said he can't wait for me to get down there, and he can't wait to see me again."
How firm is McFarland in his commitment?
"I talked about that with my parents, and once I made my decision, I'm sticking with it," he replied.
McFarland had offers from Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, and Mississippi State. Last year, he recorded more than 60 tackles. He had a huge night in the 5A semifinals vs. Westgate, notching 10 tackles and 3.5 sacks.