Slanina to visit TCU

A few months ago the recruiting process started off with a bang for East Bernard, Texas athlete Ty Slanina. The 2013 prospect received an offer from Mike Sherman and Texas A&M and he wasted little time making a commitment.

A few months ago the recruiting process started off with a bang for East Bernard, Texas athlete Ty Slanina. The 2013 prospect received an offer from Mike Sherman and Texas A&M and he wasted little time making a commitment.

In fact, it was still a few weeks before the close of the 2012 recruiting cycle when Slanina made his decision.

Then, something happened that would change the course of his recruitment and ultimately his college destination. Just weeks before signing day, Mike Sherman was fired from Texas A&M and the Aggies hired former Houston coach Kevin Sumlin. In most cases when new staffs are brought in, there's always a chance of "re-evaluations" on current commits.

Unfortunately for Slanina, the new staff at A&M felt the need to further evaluate and eventually pulled his offer. What turned out to be a misfortune for Slanina is new hope for colleges across the country.

Several teams have picked up interest in the four-star and he's now up to three offers; Houston, Washington State and Texas Tech. More schools are likely to follow with interest coming from TCU, Mississippi State, LSU, Notre Dame, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State among many others.

"Texas Tech offered me as a slot receiver and wildcat quarterback, TCU is showing strong interest, March 3rd I'll be going over to Stanford, Washington State coach Mike Leach offered me, U of H (Houston) offered, Mississippi State is planning on offering me at receiver," Slanina said.

Most schools are still unsure which side of the ball Slanina fits best. Some are recruiting him as a receiver while others see him as a defensive back. For the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, he hopes to continue making plays on offense.

"I'd like to play inside receiver. I love scoring, I like making big plays. I feel like on offense you have more opportunities to make big plays," Slanina said.

Slanina has junior day invites to Georgia Tech, LSU, Oklahoma State, Stanford and TCU in the coming weeks. He plans to hit TCU later this month on the 25th. The Frogs have a few ideas on where they feel he fits in best.

"I'm going to TCU on the 25th, Coach Patterson told Coach Glasgow that they're very interested. I went down to a combine last summer and they seemed like they liked me a lot and I like them a lot also," Slanina said. "They told me my freshman year I would play slot receiver and safety and they would figure out which one I'm better at and then keep me at that position."

Chad Glasgow is recruiting Slanina and the relationship goes back nearly two years. Aside from TCU's recent success, there is plenty to like about the program Slanina says.

"I know that they have a great coaching staff that's for sure. I also heard they're big time on academics and it's a really nice campus," Slanina answered on why he likes the Frogs. "Going to the Big 12 is definitely a plus. One of my good friends just signed with TCU, Joey Hunt. We played baseball together. He'll send me a Facebook message every now and then telling me to get over there to Ft. Worth. He was pretty excited that I'm coming over there for a junior day."

As Slanina continues to garner more interest, one could wonder if the Aggies are still in the picture. However, Slanina is quick to point out that the idea of playing in College Station is no longer under consideration.

"I've dropped all conversations with A&M, they said they may come re-evaluate me for inside receiver but I won't be interested in them because of pulling my offer and how they did it," Slanina said.

If Slanina learned anything from his experience with A&M, it's to thoroughly weigh all of his options. Therefore, he likely won't make a decision until later in the process.

"Since the A&M stuff I'm kind of deciding to wait until my senior year sometime," Slanina said of when he will likely make a decision. "I'm going to open up to a bunch of schools this year and once I get to my senior year I'm going to narrow everything down. And probably make a decision my senior year."


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