This one felt like a long time coming.
After weeks of showing interest, TCU finally pulled the trigger on offering Waco Midway safety, and nephew of Hall of Famer Ladainian Tomlinson, on January 9th. Four days later, he announced his commitment via twitter.
This isn’t a courtesy to one of the best players in your program’s history, Tre can really play. The three star safety, who stands 5’9”, isn’t the biggest guy on the field, but his speed and ball skills made him attractive to several major programs. He held offers from four schools, three of whom were from the Big 12 conference, and was long considered a Baylor lean. But when TCU came calling, it was enough to sway the stud defender to leave his hometown for their biggest rival.
Hodges-Tomlinson is a top 300 player in the state, having posted 85 tackles, three PBU’s, two forced fumbles, and two INTs during the regular season his senior year. He was even better when it mattered most, showing up big in the playoffs, including a three forced fumble game - one of which he housed for six. With a 40 time of 4.38 and a vertical jump nearing 40”, Tre is the type of athlete that can excel in Gary Patterson’s vaunted 4-2-5 defense. His film shows a hard-hitter who closes on the ball exceptionally well, holds up well in run defense, and has a knack for making big plays. And if he gets the ball in his hands - good-bye - the speedster has excellent breakaway jets with his upright running style and ability to stride out. He is a player that could develop into the type of heady field general that Patterson has had a ton of success with over the years.
And of course, the name doesn’t hurt either.
Hodges-Tomlinson spoke with Greg Powers of 247 last season about the relationship that he has with his famous uncle. “Every summer I go and train with him. He is a great man. He has helped turn me into the player I am today. He turned me into a dog. There is nothing like having a great uncle that has had that type of success in life. I love him, man.”
Tre is the 24th commit in the class of 2019, the Big 12’s third-highest rated group. He is the third safety in the unit, joining Nook Bradford (already on campus) and DeShawn McCuin (signed in December). He will sign in February along with two other unsigned commits who are expected to make it official, Darwin Barlow and Tamauzia Brown - though interest in Barlow has picked up over the last few months and keeping him in purple won’t be easy.
Though his name is known more for LT than Trevius, now, don’t sleep on this versatile play-making DB. THT can bring the TNT, and is certain to make his own mark in purple. For now, welcome Tre to the Frog fam ahead of his expected signing in February. You can check out his film below.