Growing up virtually down the road from TCU’s campus, Donnelly has grown up a huge fan of the Frogs. He’s not shy in stating that he and the rest of his family “bleed purple”. Needless to say, it wasn’t hard for TCU football to garner the attention from Donnelly throughout the years.
Now as a rising recruit, it’s Donnelly who has got the attention of the Frogs. Donnelly admitted it’s like a dream come true for him and his family to be on the Frogs’ radar.
“It’s always been a dream school and it’s kind of like the dream is coming true,” Donnelly said. “It’s always been a big family dream.”
Donnelly had visited TCU a few times before Wednesday’s visit. This time however, he got to see a variety of things besides Amon Carter Stadium and the Sam Baugh Indoor Facility. He formed an immediate bond with Zarnell Fitch and Jeremy Modkins, who showed Donnelly’s family around the facilities.
“I loved it; they showed me everything,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve been behind the doors. I’ve seen the stadium and the indoor but I’ve never been inside the locker room, offices and eating area.”
Donnelly had to leave the Frogs’ practice early due to his team’s practice later in the evening. Despite the limited time to watch practice, Donnelly found the practice to be intense with a great atmosphere.
“I thought it was good; it was really organized and everyone was fired up and ready to go,” he said. “I liked how they had the music going and it was an energetic practice; it wasn’t a dead practice. It looked like they were ready to get after it.”
The interest from the Crimson Tide came as a surprise to Donnelly but it also let him know that more teams are becoming familiar with the type of player he is.
“The last school that reached out is Alabama; I got a letter from them the other day,” he said. “I also got one from Baylor and USC. The most recent letter was from Alabama; I got that on Saturday. It was surprising; it lets me know that my name is out there and big schools know about me. My step-mom has always been a big fan of them, she always says “Roll Tide”.”
TCU currently has two commitments for the 2016 class and Donnelly would certainly be another great addition to an already strong class. As for an offer, Donnelly says Fitch has told him he’s definitely on the Frogs’ radar and they will continue to evaluate him this fall.
“Coach Fitch said that he’s seen my film 100 times and keeps an eye on me,” he said. “He said when September 1st comes they’re going to check up on me to make sure everything is going good.”
And if that offer happens, there’s no question Donnelly would have the support from his family to commit to the Frogs. Donnelly joked that his father pushes him toward the Frogs, but in the end he knows he’ll have the full support regardless of where he chooses.
“My dad tells me that I need to weigh my options and I need to sit down with different coaches and see what schemes that I like and things I don’t like,” he said. “He wants me to see what place fits best. But, he said if he had a say in anything he’s making me go to TCU.”