Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Spit Blood has never been- nor will it ever be- the place to find breaking news about TCU recruiting. So for those of you who, like me, fork over $10 a month to sites like Purple Menace or Horned Frog Blitz, this post is going to be old news. But since we know that a good chunk of you all out there are not the kind of hard-core fans that devour every bit of recruiting news as it happens, I'll bring you up to speed.
Last night, word came down that Ty Slanina (shown in the photo above) of East Bernard had committed to TCU over offers from Tech, Baylor, Stanford, Arizona, Utah and Mississippi State amongst others. If you're a fan of the "do everything" kids that Patterson has had so much success with over the years, I think you're going to love Ty Slanina. He plays quarterback and safety for the Brahmas in addition to returning kicks and punts, and with speed reported at 4.3 or 4.4 depending on the source, this 6'0" 182lb athlete (the #33 athlete in the nation according to Rivals) it's easy to imagine him playing any number of different positions for the Frogs- although many of the experts see his future at wide receiver. I think that, wherever he lines up, Slanina's combination of toughness and electric athleticism will quickly make him a fan favorite.
Here are the highlights from his sophomore season at East Bernard (which is a 2A town just southwest of the Greater Houston area):
Slanina's commitment followed, by a few days, the pledge of Bastrop linebacker Paul Whitmill to become a Horned Frog. Like Slanina, Whitmill chose TCU over Tech & Baylor as well as schools like Arkansas, Wake Forest and Ole Miss. He probably could start for Baylor from day one, but I think it says something about his character that he chose to join a TCU program that has consistently developed top-notch defenders over the past decade plus. Whitmill is just a tad small for a linebacker at 5'11" 200lbs, but he makes up for it with his vision, speed and hitting ability Rivals has him ranked as a four-star recruit and named him the 12th-best outside linebacker in the country.
Check out his sophomore highlights:
Posted by Lyle Lanley at Wednesday, May 23, 2012