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Every year, college football teams across the nation rebuild their rosters during recruiting season and TCU is bringing one athlete from just down the road.
Dylan Thomas, a three-star athlete recruit from Paschal High School, signed his national letter of intent Wednesday, locking in his choice to attend TCU in the fall. Early in his senior season however, Thomas tore his MCL, ending his senior campaign.
Thomas injured his leg in the fourth game of Paschal’s season, having already scored 14 touchdowns for the Panthers. It took 10 weeks for Thomas to be able to run again.
Despite the injury ending his season though, he said he thinks it helps prepare him to join the team at TCU.
“It made me a lot stronger as a young adult,” said Thomas. “Trying to push myself through something, not just giving up so easily. You have to go [to rehab] every time you’re supposed to go, do the things they tell you to do at home.”
TCU wasn’t always the location where Thomas thought he would end up. The senior athlete recruit also received an offer from SMU and considered going there to move a bit farther from home.
Thomas credits TCU Coaches Doug Meacham and Zarnell Fitch for convincing him that TCU was the best place for him.
“They really reached out to me and let me know that they were thinking about me,” said Thomas.
He said that Meacham would come to a few of his basketball games to show his support for Thomas and his rehabilitation.
Thomas’ signing helps bring TCU to one of its top ranked recruiting classes in school history, ending up ranked No. 21 nationally according to rivals.com