New TCU offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will be adding another body to the film room this summer.
Minnesota senior Connor Mayes, a former Van Alstyne (Texas) prep, is heading to Fort Worth. Mayes started six games last season for Minnesota, including in the Holiday Bowl against Washington State.
"He'll be a player that can come in immediately and provide depth for TCU on the interior of the offensive line," said Scout.com's Ryan Burns, who covers the Gophers. "Mayes is solid in run blocking and should be someone at the very least that can provide depth for the Horned Frogs."
Mayes was offered a scholarship by TCU three days ago. On Tuesday night, he tweeted "Momma, I'm coming home," after 247sports.com reported Mayes was transferring to TCU.
"I've loved TCU from the very beginning," Mayes told Horned Frog Insider on Wednesday. "The coaching staff is incredible. And the atmosphere on game day is unlike anything I've ever seen before. So much energy flowing through ACS...I know they have a lot of veteran guys playing this next season and they'll graduate a lot after the season ends. Me being an undergrad transfer, having to sit out a year and come in and play after, seemed like a pretty great deal. I definitely think I'll be able to contribute to this team."
In 2015, Mayes played in all 13 games, starting nine for Minnesota at guard.
Out of high school, Mayes was a four-star prospect, choosing Minnesota over offers from TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Colorado, Houston and Washington State, among others.
*** In a previous verison of this story, Horned Frog Insider reported Mayes as a graduate transfer. It is actually not the case. He will have to sit out the 2017 season.