Holding onto Battle as a commit is going to be tough, but the Frogs really want this kid to make it to campus. He’s not the only potentially great one on the list, either.
Quarterback Trent Battle headlines five TCU commits and three rising high-school seniors considering the Horned Frogs who are candidates for the 2020 Sports Illustrated All-America team.
Battle, 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, is among the most tantalizing dual-threat signal-callers in the Class of 2021. The Daphne, Ala. native combines game-breaking agility and vision as a runner with rapidly-developing throwing skills from the pocket. His father is former Major League baseball player Allen Battle.
This dynamic duo will be the faces of the Horned Frogs in a few years.
“I committed to TCU [in the] beginning of April my freshman year,” said Pharris. “I know that may sound crazy early, but people always say, ‘when you know, you know’ and I knew. [TCU head coach] Jill Kramer always cared about how I am personally and beyond the game. I fell in love with the culture and just about everything else at TCU. I think that set it apart from all the other schools I was being recruited by.”
“Jalyn and I always dreamt of playing collegiate volleyball together, but we weren’t sure just about how realistic that dream was until it happened,” she continued. “Jay committed two weeks after me and it felt like a complete dream. I’m so excited to move to the next competitive level with her by my side.”
Gibson feels similarly about what the school in Fort Worth offers, so continuing her volleyball partnership with Pharris was also the right decision for her.
“My personal choice on committing [to] TCU was a very easy decision,” said Gibson. “Coach Jill [Kramer] was so involved, not only in your volleyball career, but also in your personal life. I love the girls that I’ll be playing with in the future and the campus just felt like home to me. Carlee and I had always dreamed of playing together in college, but we never thought it would actually happen, and being able to play with my best friend is a dream come true.”
A stellar group for the Frogs’ young head coach. You can hear from them in this article.
#WhyTCU: “I chose TCU because of the great team chemistry, the great coaching, and the great business school,” Brennig said. “I couldn’t be more excited to put on the purple and race this fall. Go Frogs!”
Summers has a shot at a starting role this fall.
“I think my biggest strengths are leadership and communication, aside from just the ability to play because I’m a versatile player,” Summers said after being drafted. “Having played quarterback my whole life, I understand football. I kind of understand what offenses are looking for in situational downs because I’ve studied film and all that. So, my knowledge of the game translates to the field and helps make my teammates around me better by communicating what the call is, what we’re expecting based off the formation. ‘Hey, watch stretch, watch play action.’ Just stuff like that. I would say that’s a big thing I bring to the field aside from just the athleticism part.”
Why he’s got a chance: There is a starting position open opposite Kirksey. Before the draft, a scout noted the presence of Kirksey and suggested paying more attention to the bigger linebackers rather than the race cars. Summers fits that mold. If nothing else, a seventh-round pick for a solid special-teams performer is good value.