February 25, 2012

Slanina adds to ever-growing offer list

After picking up a handful of offers in a little less than two weeks, East Bernard athlete Ty Slanina, who took part in TCU's junior day on Saturday, landed another that could set him up for a chance to be a dual-sport star at the collegiate level.

Slanina received an offer from the Frogs and it was made known to him that a chance to star on the gridiron and baseball diamond was his for the taking.

The Frogs offered Slanina, who has started at quarterback since his freshman season at East Bernard, a chance to use his sub-4.4 speed at one of the positions he prefers in football and had a chance to check out the Frogs' baseball facilities as well.

"I thought they were going to offer me as an athlete but I am kind of glad they offered me as a wide out. I'd like to stay mainly on the offensive side of the ball," he said.

Slanina had lunch with 2012 signee and early enrollee Tyler Matthews was hosted by TCU safeties coach Chad Glasgow and got a chance to check out part of day two of TCU's spring practice and said he enjoyed his visit.

"Coach Glasgow took me and my family around the campus and showed us around. We went to the rec center and saw a dorm and went to the indoor facility and the weight room and we went out on the field. It was a nice place," he said.

"They just told me that they were very interested in me at wide out. The wide receiver coaches told me that with my speed I would be doing a lot of double moves and some jet sweeps.

"They took us to the baseball stadium too. We talked to Coach Patterson about it and he said that they have no problem with dual-sport athletes as long as they are getting it done academically.

He said they have a couple baseball players on the team and there is no problem at all.

Slanina picked up an offer from Arizona on Friday to go along with ones from Mississippi State (which wants him on offense and defense in football), Stanford (football and baseball), Texas Tech (football and baseball) and Washington State (receiver).

Minnesota, Air Force, Army and Nebraska also showed interest in Slanina this week.

While the 6-foot, 185 pounder, who recorded 1,400 yards total yards and 17 TDs in leading his team to a deep playoff run in 2011, enjoyed his visit, he doesn't plan to commit anytime soon and has upcoming junior days at Stanford and Houston planned.

"I could see myself at TCU but I am not going to make any decisions until my senior year. It is good to have another option," he said.

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