Justin Twine is considered a top 25 MLB draft prospect for 2014, while also being considered a top football recruit as an athlete. - AREA CODE BASEBALL
TCU wrapped up its fifth consecutive consensus top 20 recruiting class for baseball last fall, but the machine isn't stopping. The 2014 class is already beginning to load up with talent, including an elite level prospect in multiple sports, Justin Twine.
The football team recently landed its new ace recruiter in Curtis Luper, a wizard on the high school trail that can smooth talk his way into anybody's living room.
TCU Baseball has two ace recruiters, Kirk Saarloos and Tony Vitello, the latter of which just got a consensus top 30 infielder to commit to being a Horned Frog.
Of course, this assumes some MLB team won't pick him up first, more on that later
2014 middle-infield prospect Justin Twine from Hemphill, Texas is the latest premier level prospect to commit to TCU Baseball, following in the steps of Matt Purke, Mitchell Traver, Jake Thompson and Kyle Crick.
The main difference? Twine is a better athlete than any of those guys, and projects to be a pure 5-tool player with a 7 hit tool in his prime. 247Sports seems him as a 4-star football recruit as well, but football is no longer on Twine's mind.
HornedFrogBlitz.com reported back in December that Twine had visited TCU with hopes of receiving an offer in football, with a baseball offer already in hand. But, after a month or so of contemplation, Twine has committed to baseball and to TCU, ending what promised to be an intense year of recruiting for the dual sport star.
As of December, Twine held football offers from Baylor and Sam Houston State, as well as baseball offers from TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
TCU intends to have Twine play a versatile role, should he make it to campus, fitting his bat into the lineup in any way possible. He could even pitch some, should the shoe fit and the need arise.
This summer will be big for Twine as he builds his already stellar MLB draft profile, and big for TCU Baseball as the program's recruiting efforts continue to make waves in the industry. The recruiting trio of Tony Vitello, Kirk Saarloos and Jim Schlossnagle continues to be an overpowering force, arguably the most dynamic group in the Big 12.
Getting Twine to college would represent an enormous win for the staff, but celebrating his commitment is good enough for now.
Take notice Big 12, TCU ain't playing around, we came to play.
You can see all of the 2013 and 2014 commits for baseball HERE.