Something has to give when you look at the numbers.
Along with Grayer, Todd and Fuller, TCU’s incoming class features fellow guards in Edric Dennis(a UTA graduate transfer) and Francisco Farabello. The rest of the class include big men Jaedon LeDee, Mickey Pearson Jr., Diante Smith and Kevin Easley Jr.
For now, TCU’s backcourt options for next season include returners in Bane, Davis and Nembhard, as well as newcomers Grayer, Todd, Dennis, Fuller and Farabello.
The frontcourt options include returners in Samuel, Barlow and Mayen, as well as newcomers Smith and Pearson.
Easley and LeDee will not be eligible next season as they sit out, per NCAA transfer rules.
The Frogs could use a guy like Stephens in a large role - it’s up to the sophomore to make the most of his opportunity.
Stephens Jr. came to TCU out of Louisiana in the class of 2018 and everyone talked about his size. How could you not, though? He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 215 pounds, so why hasn’t he contributed much so far in his career?
Heading into his sophomore year, he is no longer buried on the depth chart and the coaching staff has raved about him this spring. He has taken that next step, realizing his potential and he’ll soon be a top target for whoever starts under center whether it’s Alex Delton or Justin Rogers.
The Horned Frogs could use all the playmakers they can get with the offense going through major changes this season, in terms of skill position players, and Stephens Jr. seems to be that guy who could break out and become a star.
No doubt that Summers makes this team and endears himself to the Packers’ fanbase quickly.
“I think you’re looking for guys (in the seventh round) who have upside, who can improve. Certainly, the athletic traits become part of that,” Gutekunst said, referring to Summers’ impressive test results at the NFL scouting combine, including a 4.51-second 40-yard dash time. “I think it just really depends on the player. But you’re always looking at, ‘OK, this is where he’s at, can he get better?’ Because when you get to this level, you’re going to have to improve or you’re not going to survive.”
“Oh yeah, that’s going to be a staple. I’m going to capitalize on that for sure,” Summers said. “I came into camp every year starting on all four (special-teams units). It was something that ultimately, when they realized I was going to play a lot of defense … I (only) did a lot of punt defense and kickoff return, because (on those) I wasn’t forced to run 40 yards down the field and then do a whole series of defense. So, I would rotate occasionally on punt (coverage).
There is zero chance Priester ends up in Fort Worth, but it sure would be cool if he did.
Whichever Major League ball club selects him on June 5th, they will do so knowing that he has been committed to Texas Christian since his sophomore year. TCU has become one of the most successful programs in the nation in recent years, appearing in the College World Series from 2014-17.
Priester credits TCU pitching coach and lead recruiter Kirk Saarlos as one of the main reasons that he committed to the Fort Worth university.
“He is someone that I know is going to get me better on the field, but also off the field so I think that was one of the main driving factors of my commitment,” he explained. “Winning program, warm weather and a great school as well.”