Nearly a year after making his pledge to attend TCU, Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein made the commitment official Wednesday.
With his teammates, coaches and parents on hand, the Eagles senior quarterback signed his letter of intent with the Big 12 school.
Muehlstein, who started the past two years at quarterback for Decatur and led the Eagles to a 9-4 season as a senior, picked TCU over LSU, Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The 6-3, 199-pound Muehlstein was rated by Rivals as the 68th best player in the state and was the nation’s 18th-rated quarterback.
“It’s a great school. It’s close to home,” Muehlstein said about TCU. “I liked all the coaches. It really felt like home.”
After playing receiver as a sophomore, Muehlstein took the reins of the Decatur offense as a junior. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns to earn the offer from TCU last spring. As a senior, Muehlstein passed for 3,152 yards and 35 touchdowns, leading Decatur to an area round championship. He also rushed for 1,379 yards and 23 scores.
“He really came on and played great in district and the playoffs,” said Decatur coach Kyle Story. “You could see the confidence he gained each game.
“There’s not a harder worker than him. He’s the last one in the weight room after everyone else has gone home. There’s no doubt the work ethic is there.”
Muehlstein said the trip to the third round of the playoffs was the perfect ending to his high school career.
“It was a great season,” he said. “I really enjoyed the new offense. It’s the same as the new offensive coordinator at TCU wants to run.”
Muehlstein knows it will be a big transition from playing Class 3A football to the Big 12.
“I have to keep my nose down and keep getting better,” he said. “They told me to come in third gear and not first gear and be ready to go.”
Story said Muehlstein has the arm strength to play at the next level.
“He can make every throw. His accuracy is good. He’ll just have to adjust to the speed of the game,” Story said. “He’s got the inner drive and work ethic.”