Decatur quarterback Grayson Muehlstein has made numerous college visits this spring without an offer.
That all changed Sunday night. After taking in TCU’s junior day last Saturday, Muehlstein received a call the next day from Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson with some good news on the other end.
It didn’t take long for the 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal caller to make a decision.
Muehlstein says there were a few things working in TCU’s favor.
“I’ve always liked TCU, and it’s so close to home,” he said. “Everybody is so friendly, and the coaching staff is the main reason.”
Players cannot officially sign their letters of intent until Feb. 5, 2014.
Last season, Muehlstein passed for more than 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Moments like this don’t come around too often, and Decatur athletic director Kyle Story is excited about the future of his quarterback.
“I’m excited for Grayson. It’s one of the premier programs in the nation,” Story said. “TCU has steadily risen, and I think it will be a great place for Grayson to get an education.
“I’m really excited because of the vicinity because he’s only 45 minutes away, and if things go well, we’ll get to go down there and watch him play on Saturday.”
Muehlstein had an idea last summer that the Horned Frogs were interested when they invited him to camp. They continued to follow his progress throughout the season.
“I stopped by this summer, and they invited me to the camp,” he said. “They liked me there so they kept following me throughout the season. They invited me to junior day, and the day after they offered me.”
Saturday was a surreal experience for the Muehlstein family including an office visit with Coach Patterson.
“It was pretty cool. My parents and I went in his office, and he told us about TCU,” Muehlstein said. “He hinted that they were interested and might offer.”
The official offer came hours later, which was an exciting time for his whole family and the Decatur program.
“It’s always a big deal for a Division I [commitment]. We haven’t had a lot of those over the years,” Story said. “It’s great for our program to get that kind of exposure. Grayson has all the physical tools that a Division I school looks for.”
Gearing up for his senior season, Muehlstein is working hard in the offseason and running all the relays for the track team. He knows there will be a lot of pressure on him next fall.
“People expect a lot more out of me,” he said. “I just have to keep working and not worry about the commitment. I just have to focus on my senior year and helping my team win district and go further than the first round of the playoffs.”
Muehlstein wants to approve his agility, refine his mechanics as a quarterback and become more of a leader for his teammates before next August.
Besides the work, Story says his signal caller needs to work on making the plays to win.
“He’s not worried about individual awards,” the coach said. “He just wants to win games. Hopefully he’ll have a good senior season. We are looking for big things out of him to help us be successful as a team.”