Freeze Glad To Be A Frog

Graham, TX linebacker prospect Mikey Freeze committed to the Frogs on Sunday.

TCU added the tenth commitment of their 2015 class on Sunday when Graham, TX linebacker prospect Mike Freeze committed to the Frogs.

A do-everything player for Graham, Freeze was regarded as one of the top sleeper prospects in the state just weeks ago. However, his recruitment had taken off in recent weeks after coaches started to see his film and some extraordinary performances in track.

At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, Freeze is athletic as they come. But it's his combination of size and strength that had coaches from TCU, Texas Tech, Texas State, Arizona State and Bowling Green starting to show interest. Freeze placed second in his district in the 200-meter with a 22.7 and won the district with a throw of 166-feet in the discus. He recently advanced to the state meet with a throw of 177-feet at regionals.

All of this without ever fully focusing on track; it should also be mentioned that Freeze is also a basketball and baseball standout.

Freeze received his first Big 12 offer from Texas Tech last week, but Sonny Cumbie and TCU had shown the most interest throughout the process. The linebacker had already planned to visit TCU on Sunday and once he made the trip to Ft. Worth to meet Gary Patterson and see the campus, Freeze knew where he wanted to be.

"After talking to Gary Patterson and checking out the facilities, I knew it was the spot for me," he said. "It's where I've wanted to go for the last couple of weeks, ever since I spoke with Coach Cumbie. I kind of had TCU in my head and I looked at it online. I know how their tradition is and how Coach Patterson is coaching the defense. I knew that was the spot for me."

Once receiving the offer from Patterson, Freeze wasted little time in making a commitment.

"He offered me and he asked if I had any more questions and I told him yes, can I commit right now," Freeze said. "They were laughing; it was good stuff. I'll never forget it for sure."

With the ability to play offense or defense, Freeze was offered as an athlete by the Frogs. However, he says Patterson mentioned defense more frequently at the moment.

"He offered me as an athlete so depending how I grow and everything he said I could play just about anywhere on the field," he said. "He mentioned safety or linebacker; it just depends on how big I get."

Freeze likes the prospects of playing defense for one of the top defensive-minded coaches in the nation.

"There's no doubt, TCU has one of the best defenses every year with Coach Patterson," he said. "Their speed and what they do, it'd be a privilege to play for TCU's defense."

Also a standout pitcher and shortstop for Graham, Freeze had a few conversations about playing baseball for the Frogs; if in fact he believes he's good enough to play for the top 10 team.

"They said I would have to wait a year to get an off-season under my belt but that would definitely be something I'd like to do if I'm good enough," he said. "But, I don't know if I'm good enough to play for their team."

Freeze has a busy weekend ahead as he'll battle for gold in the discus at the state meet. He'll also attempt to help Graham's baseball team advance another round in the playoffs.

"We have a playoff game Friday night in Graham so I'm going down there in the morning and throwing at three," he said. "After that I have a double-header at Liberty Hill. I'm pitching Saturday night. I'll be ready."

As for his recruiting process, Freeze says he's done and very happy with his decision to TCU. He says the fans can expect to see a player that will work hard on and off the field.

"I'm done, I'm sticking with TCU," he said. "I'm going to work hard and I'm not scared; there's not a scared bone in my body. I'm going to show up in a bad mood on Saturdays."

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