After hitting multiple camps this summer in Fort Worth, 2018 Arlington Martin (Tex.) defensive end Spencer Trussell was at TCU’s practice on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound is still searching for his first Division I offer, but feels like he is on the Frogs’ radar.
“It all started back in June, when I went to their first summer camp. I showed out and they liked what they saw,” said Trussell. “I got to bond with the coaches a bit and get to know them.
“Then in July I went to another camp and they knew me. I showed out even better. They showed me around campus at that point and straight up told me (Coach Meacham) that he wanted to offer me, but it was all what Coach Patterson thought. The feedback that I got from them was very positive and very good.”
Trussell also camped at Arkansas and Texas. He was invited to a Under the Lights camp in Austin, but wasn’t able to attend due to a prior engagement.
“My mind is completely open to any college, because TCU is the only school that has shown me major interest, but I love TCU,” said Trussell. “It’s 20 minutes from where I live. I would absolutely love to go there. Athletics awesome. It is a beautiful campus. It’s $60,000 a year to go – there has to be a reason for that. I love it.”
Trussell recorded 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season (according to Maxpreps) as a sophomore. After two strong camp performances, the junior is in a holding pattern.
“They want to see how I play in the season – the first few games,” said the defensive end. “This is what they told me, they were going to evaluate me the first couple of games and depending on what they saw they could potentially throw down an offer.
“They liked my sophomore film on HUDL, and what I’m capable of, but this season they are going to watch me.”
So how does he describe his game?
“I play with intensity and tons of effort,” said Trussell. “I fire off the ball and am very aggressive player. “
Trussell went on to talk about what he will be looking for in a school when the offers start to come in.
“They have to the academics I want – first and foremost,” said Trussell. “Then there is the athletics side. Are the coaches guys who I would bond with and respect me? My family? Would they help me 1-on-1 with things? What type of coaches are they? What do they teach?”
The media is not allowed to watch TCU practices. Horned Frog Insider asked the Martin prep to give us his thoughts.
“I liked it a lot. TCU reminds me a lot of the school I go to now. They play with great temp and intensity,” said Trussell. “One thing I really noticed was Coach Patterson is very different than a lot of head coaches I have seen. He’s involved - he’s there. He’s screaming his head off. He’s doing stuff with the offense; he’s doing stuff with the defense. That is different than a lot of coaches I have seen – especially in college.
“(Bob) Stoops would be on the sidelines just watching, instead of being active in the play like Coach Patterson. Coach P was very involved with the team. I really respected it. I loved it.”
Horned Frog Insider will closely watch Trussell’s recruitment and play this season.