One of only two seniors on the roster, Steinhagen went undrafted this past spring. But he has a big believer in coach Jim Schlossnagle, who is doing all he can to get the outfielder a second chance at a pro career.
"For that guy to have the season he did and the home runs, it's phenomenal," TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said after the loss. "We're going to look like crazy to find somebody to give him a chance to keep playing in professional baseball. He's exemplified everything that our program is about."
A few MLB scouts called Steinhagen on Monday, asking him about his summer plans. He will continue to work out on campus, and will enroll into summer school to pursue a career in commercial real estate if further calls don't come.
Josh Thompson will be spending some time in the Pacific Northwest this summer, as he will join some of the best athletes in the country in Eugene for the Nike sponsored event. Thompson is a versatile athlete who can play corner or safety in Patterson's 4-2-5 defense.
Thompson joins fellow TCU commitment, James Lynch, as the two Frogs that will get to show their skills on the national stage. At 6'0" and 182 pounds, Thompson is a versatile athlete that can play corner or safety. TCU likes the fact that he can play both positions and he'll get the chance to show his skills against the best offensive players in the country at The Opening.
Despite not having earned the starting job, most football fans and pundits recognize that Kenny Hill could be the player that sends TCU on a path towards the playoffs, or sees them fall short of a second Big 12 title. That is - if he is the man behind center come September.
Hill plays quarterback. TCU is now without its most productive quarterback in school history with Boykin off to the NFL. Hill went through all of the emotions while at Texas A&M and it should serve him well as a leader at TCU. He was incredibly hyped after his performance against South Carolina in his first-ever college start. He then saw his star rise and fall in less than one season. Hill is now a veteran who was awarded a year to sit and watch Boykin run this offense. His impact will be immediate and his presence allows Patterson and the Horned Frogs to take dead aim at a Big 12 Championship.
It seems that Jamie Dixon has spent a lot of time around Gary Patterson, and that his recruiting philosophy has quickly rubbed off on the new Horned Frog coach. That could pay big dividends early on the hardwood.
“We don’t care where they’re ranked. We want high-character guys that want to get better and are committed to doing so,” Dixon said. “That’s the most important thing we need to do with them these first couple of months. We got the right staff, they’re all here, couldn’t be more excited about the guys we hired. And very excited about the work ethic that has been put in place here.”