Sommer One To Watch

Saginaw Boswell defensive back Dayne Sommer is receiving interest from several schools including TCU. He's also one to watch in baseball.

Saginaw (TX) Boswell 2014 defensive back Dayne Sommer knows a thing or two about football. Of course, he's been around the sport his entire life.

If the last name sounds familiar to TCU fans, it should. Sommer is the son of TCU strength and conditioning coach, Don Sommer, who is in his 13th season with the program.

While dad was a four-year letterman at UTEP and played professionally for the Colts and Bills as an offensive lineman, Dayne has made his presence known on the gridiron as a strong safety. At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds with 4.6 speed, Sommer has started for the Pioneers since his sophomore season and even played some as a freshman in the playoffs.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Sommer is on the Frogs' radar. Although talk of an offer hasn't come into discussion, Sommer was one of several prospects in attendance a week ago at TCU's junior day.

For someone who calls the school his second home, Sommer still had a good time interacting with fellow recruits and coaches.

"I thought it was great, it was awesome," Sommer said of his junior day visit. "It was more of going to see what kind of kids they're recruiting and it was fun to interact with all of the coaches."

TCU isn't the only program showing Sommer early interest.

"I've talked to Rice, Texas State and North Texas," Sommer said. "I went to Texas State junior day and I was supposed to go to the North Texas junior day but I had a baseball game."

With his recruitment still in the early stages, Sommer says he'll listen to each team that shows him interest. However, he's quick to admit that if the Frogs do come forward with an offer or preferred walk-on spot, it would be tough to turn down.

"I'm always open to explore my options, but TCU is my home," Sommer said. "If they came knocking, that would always be a consideration."

As good as Sommer is on the gridiron, he's just as good, if not better, on the baseball diamond. As a three year letterman, Sommer is receiving plenty of interest in baseball as well for his abilities as a catcher. He's currently batting .393 and is second on the Pioneers with 10 RBI's through 12 games.

Sommer is good enough at baseball that he would like the chance to play both sports in college. But, if he's forced to play just one over the other, good luck on getting him to tell you which one he'd choose. At the moment, he doesn't even know.

"Tulane, TCU, Vanderbilt and several jucos are showing interest," he said. "I would love to play both sports; I'd hate to have to choose between those two. If I had to choose one, I don't know what I'd choose."

Regardless of which path Sommer chooses at the next level, he knows his dad will back him. He's helped him every step of the way thus far and not many prospects can say they get assistance from one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country. It's a blessing Sommer is thankful for.

"It's a tremendous help because anything that I need help working on or if I'm sore or tight somewhere he always knows how to help that," he said of dad. "He's helped me get stronger and faster; he's a great coach and great dad. He helps me in every facet."


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