The Aggies and Horns are making strides, but the Frogs are still the best team in the state and the only one to have done anything meaningful on the field recently.
Bolstered by the highest rated recruiting class in program history, the Horned Frogs look to pick up right where they left off in 2017 and reach the Big 12 championship game again. Depth at every position will carry TCU far, but the performance of sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and many new faces on the offensive line will determine the Frogs’ ceiling.
He is, truly, the GOAT.
If his on-the-field greatness wasn’t enough, he’s also been the best ambassador for TCU football, especially since retiring from the game in 2012. His reputation as a football legend mixed with his inspiring life story, so touchingly described during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech a summer ago, continues to be a beacon of light for young players hoping to follow in his footsteps.
He has put that desire to help into action with his Touching Lives Foundation, which has been providing scholarships for the seven years. He teamed up with the Star-Telegram earlier this month for the inaugural Star-Telegram’s Tomlinson Honors.
It’s rare that the Frogs go East for recruiting, and rarer still that they offer a sophomore. But this is a special player.
Besides trips to TCU and Georgia Tech, they’ve also gone to Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Buffalo, N.C. State and Clemson. This summer, they have trips scheduled for Oklahoma and Michigan and return trips to Virginia and Tennessee.
Grimes, who turned 16 in April, adapted well to high school on the field and off. He finished with a 3.6 grade-point average, and his father said Grimes will attend summer school to get ahead and graduate early. That would give him the option of enrolling in college at mid-semester of his senior year.
Jim Schlossnagle has had a lot of success with multi-sport athletes in the past, namely Josh Watson and freshman Bryson Jackson. Priester looks to be the next great one, and the support of the TCU Baseball staff seems to have made a huge impact on him.
Seaburg admits Priester may have some catching up to do with C-G’s option offense when practices start because he could miss repetitions with the fullback and running backs that help with the nuances and speed of the Trojans’ option. Like Priester, he appreciated the support from TCU.
“They’re excited they’re getting a football player,” Seaburg said. “They know they’re getting a competitor, they know they’re getting an athlete, they know they’re getting a guy that has a lot of confidence because of what football gives to kids.”
Priester said TCU’s coaches encouraged him to stay with football.
“It was definitely reassuring,” Priester said. “Like someone’s got my back in this, because there’s been a lot more people pushing me not to play football than there are to play football. It’s kind of reassuring to have support from somebody who really cares about me and my future.”
This is a shocking move and a huge loss for a TCU Women’s Basketball program on the rise.
Ramirez, a 5-8 guard, played two seasons at TCU. She averaged 9.6 points in 59 games. As a sophomore this past season, Ramirez played in all of the Horned Frogs’ 36 games, including 23 starts, and was the team’s third-leading scorer (10.4 points).
Ramirez revealed her plans to transfer after taking an official visit to Arkansas. Because of transfer rules, she is expected to sit out for the 2018-19 season and will be eligible beginning in 2019-20.