Chasen Hines' trip to Fort Worth was a successful one.

The rising junior offensive lineman from Marshall, who was the very first local 2018 player to earn an offer back in May, visited TCU's campus Friday afternoon and walked away with his second overall college football scholarship opportunity.

Hines (6-2, 326) reported the news through his personal Twitter account. The Horned Frogs joined Baylor in the early battle for the lineman's services.

TCU is preparing for its followup to an 11-2 season last year that ended with a win against Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Head coach Gary Patterson is back in place for a 16th season as the Horned Frogs' head coach and owns an overall record of 143-47 record through his first 15 years on the job.

Not only has TCU performed extremely well on the field recently, it also owns commitments from three players among the area's top seniors. Henderson receiver Trestan Ebner, Nacogdoches defensive back Josh Thompson and Henderson running back Lakendrick VanZandt intend to join the program after graduating high school in May.

Patterson and company have only missed on one senior target from East Texas thus far. Liberty-Eylau defensive end Lagaryonn Carson picked Texas in favor of the Horned Frogs.

Hines is TCU's first venture into the local 2018 class. Baylor and Mississippi State round out the list of other schools that have identified junior targets.

The offensive lineman helped pave the way for teammates Cameron Haller and and Chavis Mills to both eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a 13-game season last year that ended in the Class 5A Division II regional semifinals. Haller, a junior athlete, racked up 1,815 yards on the ground while Mills, a senior running back, went for 1,216 yards.

Marshall’s offense produced 5,401 yards of offense in total and averaged 38.5 points per game on the way to a share of the District 15-5A championship and an 11-2 final record.

Hines participated in the + APEC Football Recruiting Combine two months ago. Highlights included 10 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and an output of 2,530 watts on the Keiser squat machine.

Like all high school football players preparing for their junior seasons, Hines will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February, 2018.

2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Tre Allison, John Tyler, LB, 6-0, 200 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DL, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Chasen Hines, Marshall, OL, 6-2, 326 — offers from Baylor, TCU (2)