McFarland Reunites With TCU
James McFarland
James McFarland
Scout.com Recruiting
Posted Jan 23, 2012
Mike Coppage


West Monroe (La.) defensive end James McFarland recommitted to the TCU Horned Frogs over the weekend. Details inside...

James McFarland originally committed to TCU in early March of last year.

The senior from Class 5A state champ West Monroe backed off his verbal to the Horned Frogs in late October but reconsidered over the weekend during an official visit to Fort Worth.

Former West Monroe teammate Chuck Hunter, a freshman defensive tackle at TCU, hosted McFarland.

"Chuck introduced me to several players," said McFarland (6-2, 230, 4.6). "Kenny Cain (John Curtis alum) was the only one from Louisiana; the rest were from Texas.

"The visit was really cool and I felt really comfortable. I went with my parents and after looking things over, I decided to commit to TCU again. I really like TCU. I'm ready to get there and go to work."

The visit surpassed McFarland's expectations.

"I didn't think I would feel that comfortable," he said. "They made me feel comfortable. It's a safe environment

"Coach (Gary) Patterson was pretty ecstatic, my parents were pretty ecstatic, and I was pretty ecstatic."

Teammate and fellow DE Terrell Lathan was also on the TCU visitor list.

"He was there with his parents but I'm not sure what he's going to do," said McFarland of Lathan.

McFarland and Lathan were catalysts on a West Monroe defensive line that shut down foes in the postseason. The Rebels limped to a 1-2 start but never looked back, winning 12 in a row to close out the campaign.

West Monroe defeated Carencro in the state finals by a 20-13 margin. McFarland and his comrades were able to contain Carencro RB Alex Johnson - the state's leading rusher - in the championship game.


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