Growing up next to one of SMU's most respected players of the past decade can have positive affects on a kid aspiring to play football at the FBS level.
For Fort Bend Austin quarterback Sean Aboderin, Chris Banjo served as mentor throughout his middle school days. Seeing Banjo succeed at SMU naturally sparked his interest in the program and now that he's heading into his senior year, SMU is the place he wants to be.
"SMU is the school I've always wanted to go to," he said. "Chris Banjo and I grew up together, and I really look up to him. He originally was going to play at Hawaii but ended up at SMU with June Jones. I followed him during his career there, and I would really like to follow in his footsteps and play there."
The feeling is mutual.
SMU running backs coach Wes Suan visited Aboderin at school late last month and has been in constant communication with the 2014 signal caller. Aboderin says he likes Suan's laid back personality and is excited to get to get to know the entire staff at SMU's junior day.
"I really like Coach Suan. He told me that he saw my tape and was really impressed with it. When he came to my school, he said he liked my athleticism and work ethic," Aboderin said. "We talked again this Sunday before church, and he said he was really looking forward to seeing me at junior day. He didn't offer, but I hope I can pick it up at junior day."
But Aboderin won't be traveling to Dallas alone. While at Fort Bend Austin, Suan also invited running back Vic Enwere, who already holds and SMU offer, and offensive lineman Ryan Reprogle.
"I'm excited about going up there with some teammates. I've heard a lot about how nice SMU's campus is and how it's a small private school," Aboderin said. "Me and Vic are really close, and I was so happy when he picked up the SMU offer. We've talked a lot about going to SMU together."
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder passed for 1,502 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading his team to their best finish in school history.
He is already attracting interest from quite a few schools and has received junior day invites from LSU, Oklahoma State, Rice, UNT, Utah and Texas State, which he attended last week.
Aboderin Attending SMU Junior Day
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