Frogs Add Versatile Summers

TCU landed one of the more versatile athletes from Texas on Sunday with a commitment from San Antonio Reagan linebacker Ty Summers.

For TCU fans, the last week and half has been filled with good news. It's been much needed good news after a disappointing 2013 season. First the Frogs landed a new offensive coordinator with former Houston OC Doug Meacham getting hired as the new man in charge of the offense. The staff received another boost earlier this week with all signs pointing to TCU hiring Sonnie Cumbie, who has been part of the Texas Tech staff the last four seasons, as their new quarterbacks coach.

Sprinkling in between the coaching additions, the Frogs have added a significant boost to their 2014 class, landing three commitments in a span of eight days. On Sunday, they added their fourth commitment in just over a week and their 13th overall when San Antonio Reagan linebacker Ty Summers gave his verbal to the Frogs.

A long time commitment to Rice, Summers visited TCU over the weekend and he saw enough to make the switch to the Big 12 program.

"I really enjoyed it, I thought the facilities were amazing and everything they could possibly offer to a football team they have and I'm looking forward to being a part of it," he said. "The environment is really great. Ft. Worth is a really nice area and I look forward to hanging out there."

Summers is one of the most versatile athletes in the Lone Star state. The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder has played both ways during most of his career but lined up primarily at quarterback for the Rattlers in 2013. He responded by leading his team to an 11-1 record while scoring over 30 touchdowns on the ground.

Rice recruited Summers as an offensive player while TCU sees him as a linebacker at the next level. With 4.5 speed, Summers is a prototypical linebacker in Gary Patterson's system. Summers is glad he gets to return to the defensive side of the ball full-time.

"I've always played both ways up until my junior year of high school," he said. "My sophomore year I played strong safety so I came down like a linebacker. I really loved it, actually when I got moved back to quarterback only I was actually frustrated because I was really enjoying hitting people. I'm looking forward to going back to it.

"I think I'll be able to fit in just right. They say my athletic ability and speed is what they were looking for the most."

Summers road to TCU was a very quick route. It wasn't until a week ago that he had even heard from the Horned Frogs. From the initial phone call to his commitment, things transpired at a rapid rate.

"Actually the first time they talked to me they offered me," Summers said. "They called me last Sunday night. Coach Glasgow had already asked Coach Wetzel (Reagan HC) if I'd be interested in playing linebacker and I told them yes. The next day they ended up calling me and telling me they wanted to offer."

After quickly researching some more information about TCU after that fateful phone call from Glasgow, Summers knew TCU had some of the things he was looking for in a program. After his visit, it solidified those thoughts and he's excited to spend his next four to five years playing Big 12 football.

"I recognized that it was a Christian school which I think is a great environment and they also have pre-med and that was really important," he said. "Of course, I know the Big 12 is a dream come true for any football player to go the next level as well as the SEC. I'm really honored to go play with guys of that caliber."

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