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Kicker Harper Simmons is a Horned Frog!

The former East Central University athlete is transferring to TCU.

TCU Football vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8.31.19)
TCU Football vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8.31.19)
Melissa Triebwasser

TCU Football got some special teams help when Harper Simmons announced his intent to transfer to the Horned Frogs Monday afternoon.

TCU Football likely pursued a kicker to replace former Frog Cole Bunce, who announced his decision to transfer to Villanova earlier this year, after being limited the previous season due to a scooter accident suffered on report day last fall. In Simmons, Gary Patterson gets a young, but experienced leg who was 10-14 on field goals as a true freshman with a long of 45 yards, while connecting on 31 of 32 extra points and recording 17 touchbacks.

A 2019 graduate of Frisco Lone Star, Simmons was Special Teams MVP and an all-district selection for the Rangers, who he also starred for on the soccer pitch.

In addition to his solid freshman campaign, Simmons pops on film. With a big leg and good trajectory, he certainly has the skillset to play at the Power Five level. He has trained with former NFL Kicker Scott Blanton and Blanton’s Kicking Exposure throughout his career.

At TCU, he will compete with Griffin Kell for primary kicking duties. Kell, a rising sophomore, played in 11 games in 2019, making three of four field goals and recording 12 touchbacks. He is the likely starter this fall, as Simmons will need to redshirt as a transfer — though there are a handful of returners, transfers, and walk-ons that will be pressing for opportunities as well.

Check out Harper’s film below and give the newest Frog a heart welcome to the family!