Every year at this time of the year sleepers emerge onto the recruiting scene. Lake Dallas defensive end Graysen Schantz fits that description, at least somewhat.
Schantz landed on the radar of a few programs after his junior season that saw him record 83 tackles and 12 sacks. He took it a notch up in 2012 recording 15 sacks (a new school-record) and 33 quarterback hurries.
For his efforts, Schantz was a finalist for the DFW First Down Club Defensive Player of the Year honors which included fellow nominees Sammy Douglas, a TCU commitment and Cal commit Chad Whitener. The rising prospect was pleased with his senior campaign as he accomplished the goals he set forth prior to the season.
“I thought I did really well and it’s what I wanted it to be,” he said. “I beat the school record for sacks and that was my personal goal. I thought it was a successful season.”
Needless to say, the interest for the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has picked up substantially after colleges caught a glimpse of his senior season.
“I got a lot of response, a lot of coaches came up and that’s when UTSA offered me,” he said. “OSU came up and talked to me, Tulsa came up and talked to me, and (Texas) A&M came and saw me. I got a bunch of response.
“I have offers from UNM (New Mexico), Air Force, UNT, UTSA, Idaho, UTEP and a couple more. OSU has been talking to me a lot; the defensive coordinator came and talked to me so I think they’re pretty interested. TCU has talked to me too and so has Rice.”
Schantz recently made an official visit to New Mexico and has plans to make officials to Air Force and UT-San Antonio next month. However, he’s not rushing into a decision just yet as he waits to see what other schools come forward with an offer.
“I liked the trip (to New Mexico) a lot but I’m just waiting a little while longer before I do anything,” Schantz said. “I’m open to anything; I want to get some bigger schools involved because I think I can play at that level. We’ll see how everything pans out.”
TCU is among the schools that continue to keep track of Schantz. Although the Frogs haven’t offered, according to Schantz the prospect of an offer does seem promising if the Frogs don’t land other targets on their list.
“When they went to the Guyer game they talked to me and I’ve had a chance to talk to them a little bit,” he said. “They’ve contacted me and said that I’m high on their list.”
With TCU a short drive from Lake Dallas, Schantz is no stranger to the Horned Frogs program. He’s visited the campus a few times the last couple of years and was in attendance for their game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
He doesn’t hesitate when asked if TCU is a school that interests him.
“Oh yeah, I’d definitely go to TCU,” he said. “I’ve been to a few games and I love the atmosphere and I love the campus. They play hard-nosed defense and I like that a lot.”
Academics, proximity and program tradition will all play factors in his decision on where to continue his football career. Just where that will be may have to wait until closer to signing day.
“I’m definitely looking at the football program and academics,” he said. “I want to be close enough to where my parents can see me play and I want a school with a good medical program because that’s what I want to do.”