East Bernard's Ty Slanina commits to TCU
May 22, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.
Ty Slanina watched the TCU baseball team defeat San Diego State on Sunday.
Slanina plans to return to Fort Worth for the 2013 football season.
The East Bernard junior made a commitment to play at TCU after meeting with head coach Gary Patterson.
"It's a private school in the Big 12," Slanina said. "Coach Patterson is the best coach in Texas, if not the country. It's a great school and I have family in Dallas. It's only about a four-hour drive so it's just awesome."
Slanina had originally committed to Texas A&M, but the Aggies withdrew their offer after he traveled to College Station for junior day.
"It was disappointing because a week or two earlier they told me how excited they were to have me," Slanina said. "I took it personal, them telling me I'm not good enough. But it did open a lot more doors for me."
Slanina also had offers from Texas Tech, Rice, Stanford, Arizona, Washington State, Mississippi State and Northwestern and visited Stanford and Texas Tech.
Slanina played quarterback and defensive back last season.
He rushed for 888 yards and passed for 707 and led the Brahmas to the Class 2A, Division II regional playoffs despite playing most of the season with a separated shoulder.
Slanina underwent surgery after the season, but came to back to play for the East Bernard baseball team.
He won his second straight gold medal in the long jump and ran the anchor leg on the Brahmas' winning 1,600-meter relay team at the state track and field meet.
Slanina, who is the grandson of former Refugio coach George Harris, is likely to play wide receiver or in the secondary for the Horned Frogs. He is also hoping to play baseball.
"I'm excited," Slanina said. "They offered me a while back. After talking to coach Patterson, I could tell it's the right place."