Redshirt freshman Ty Summers is the typical Gary Patterson recruit - an under the radar talent who excelled as an offensive player, only to come to TCU and become a defensive stalwart. Starring at Reagan High in San Antonio as a QB - one good enough to be a unanimous All-District selection and lead his team to a title - Summers played a little safety as well, but TCU saw him as a linebacking prospect from day one. After leading his team to a championship as the signal caller his senior season, Summers spent his spring on something other than football - track. Knowing he would be a defensive player in college, he worked on his speed and vertical, dropping to a 4.5 40 and adding three inches to his vertical. The switch worked - Ty saw the field as a true freshman against Samford, but suffered a season ending injury and was granted a medical redshirt.
A two star recruit out of high school, Summers flipped to the Frogs from Rice, despite the fact the Owls were willing to give him a shot on offense. Ty had a good fall camp a year ago prior to suffering the shoulder injury in the opener, and is expected to compete with early enrollee freshman Alec Dunham and Mike Freeze for snaps on D early. A year to learn the system and get bigger and stronger will likely benefit him, and assuming he is fully healthy, he should see playing time this fall. At 6'2" and 230 pounds, he has almost ideal size, and with his speed and football smarts, he should flourish in Patterson's 4-2-5.
If you watch his highlights (and you can below), you'll notice he has great vision and strong footwork. While he hasn't been the name at the top of the list for much of this off-season, it seems he has the tools to be a very productive player for TCU this season and for the next four years.
Good luck to Ty this season, and we can't wait to watch him lay the hammer down 42 days from now!