TCU junior cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson hasn’t decided whether he’ll return to school for another season or test the NFL Draft waters.
“I really don’t know,” Tomlinson said following TCU’s 48-14 loss to Iowa State in the regular-season finale Friday.
“It’s a big decision for me.”
Tomlinson entered the season with plenty of buzz, earning preseason All-American honors, but he could use another season to boost his stock. One NFL Draft analyst felt Tomlinson’s 2020 tape is better than what he’s seen in 2021 so far.
“He could help himself by going back,” the analyst said.
Tomlinson finished the 2021 season with seven pass breakups and two interceptions. He also had a career-high 43 tackles. He had 13 pass breakups and no interceptions last season.
Tomlinson is also likely waiting to see what happens with the new coaching staff. SMU’s Sonny Dykes is expected to take over the program with an official announcement early next week, sources confirmed, but it’s unclear who may be the team’s defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach.
That will likely play a part in Tomlinson’s decision whether to return, go professional or possibly transfer.
Tomlinson shouldn’t be lacking information from NFL teams as he’s the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer and former TCU great LaDainian Tomlinson.
As far as the 2021 season itself, Tomlinson is proud of how his teammates stuck together through plenty of adversity. From the school parting ways with longtime coach Gary Patterson to injury issues piling up, TCU had a chance to become bowl eligible going into the finale at Iowa State on Friday.
But the Frogs fell short in a 48-14 loss.
“I’m just glad that we finished overall,” said Tomlinson, who had one pass breakup on the day. “Everything that we had to overcome throughout the season, I’m just proud of the guys on our team that we were able to finish the season.”
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