TCU adds former Alabama running back Trey Sanders, the third former Crimson Tide player to pick the Horned Frogs in recent weeks.
Sanders, who announced his commitment to TCU on Twitter on Thursday, has been limited to 14 carries this season but has rushed for 448 yards on 102 carries in his first two seasons for the Crimson Tide. He was ESPN’s 16th overall recruit in the 2019 class.
The Florida native joins wide receiver JoJo Earle and offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer in Alabama’s transfer to TCU, which plays Georgia on Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Sanders, who will have two more years of eligibility, could bolster a TCU team that could enter 2023 without its top two rushers, junior Kendre Miller and senior Emari Demercado. ESPN lists Miller as the No. 156 prospect for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Brockermeyer, who grew up near TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, was ESPN’s second overall recruit and the state’s top prospect in the 2021 class. Earle, a native of Aledo, Texas, was the 76th recruit from ESPN in 2021. He had 24 receptions in two seasons at Alabama.
“We plan to compete with Alabama, not just in recruiting but on the field,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes recently told ESPN’s Dave Wilson. “So the thing you don’t want to start doing is picking up a bunch of guys in Alabama who can’t play for them. Because in theory they shouldn’t be able to play for you either. “