TCU added to their QB room over the weekend, as highly sought after transfer Matthew Baldwin committed to the Horned Frogs, according to 247 Sports:
Baldwin is transferring from Ohio State, meaning he’ll have to sit out a year (maybe). Of course, that may not be true, considering the number of transfers given immediate eligibility this offseason. He is expected to apply for a release to play immediately, and will be on campus in June.
The Texas native (Lake Travis HS, Austin), was an early enrollee for the Buckeyes’ 2018 class, and was rated as the No. 12 pro style quarterback for his class. He started just one season at Lake Travis, and was a late riser on the recruiting trail because of it - sitting behind DI players Charlie Brewer and Baker Mayfield. But his senior season raised his profile, and he finished the year as a top 350 player in the country.
Baldwin suffered a torn ACL on the first play of the state championship game for Lake Travis as a senior after completing 71.8 percent of his passes for 3,842 yards, 44 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He’s incredibly accurate and a good athlete, and should fit well in Sonny Cumbie’s system.
With what is described as an “elite” arm, Baldwin is an interesting addition to a now crowded QB room in Fort Worth - though there’s not much in the way of experience. Should his waiver be granted, he will be competing with Kansas State grad transfer Alex Delton, redshirt freshman Justin Rogers, true freshman Max Duggan, and Michael Collins - who is coming off of an injury. Rogers is close to 100% after suffering a devastating injury his senior year of high school, but has taken only a few live snaps for the Frogs. Despite the competition, Baldwin is excited to be a part of the TCU program, one which appeals to him for its coaches and players, according to what he told 247. “Just four or five years ago (TCU) was in the talk for the College Football Playoff,” Baldwin said. “They struggled last year, but they had a lot of injured guys. They can be a very winning program. The coaches were great. I knew Coach (Sonny) Cumbie a bit before I chose Ohio State. I like Coach (Gary Patterson) a lot. My teammates are good dudes with the same mindset as me: To play for each other and win games.”
Baldwin is the fifth player to join the TCU Football program in the last three days, and the second quarterback. The Frogs got pledges from wide receiver Caleb Medford, running back Dominic Richardson, defensive end James Sylvester, and QB Eli Williams. Though he may become a 2019 signee, he continues the massive momentum that Patterson and TCU shave generated over the last few weeks.
Fall camp should be very intriguing for TCU fans, as the QB competition will be sure to draw lots of attention. There are a lot of playmakers at the disposal of whoever wins the job, and much higher expectations for a program looking to get back in the Big 12 mix.