Sometimes getting away is the best option.
One of the newest offers SMU has given out landed in the lap of local athlete Landis Durham, who wants to do just that.
"I definitely wouldn't mind going to SMU but it's a little too close to home," Durham said. "It's a great school, not taking anything away from them, but I'd like to get out."
Landis found out about his offer from SMU through his coach who watched film with an unidentified Mustang recruiter. The Plano East prospect says he has no idea who is specifically recruiting him and he has never spoken to anyone from SMU personally.
Boise State stands as Durham's only other offer, but Texas and Oklahoma have recently joined the pursuit along with Baylor, who visited him just a few weeks ago. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder says he wants to be playing on college football's biggest stage.
"As far as schools I really want to offer, I think I have a three way tie going on with Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M," Landis said. "Those are some pretty big powerhouses that are a good ways away from the house but they're not too far.
"I would like to play in the south, in the SEC conference, mainly."
Landis has already taken trips to Oklahoma and Mississippi State and will be visiting Baylor early next year. The junior says he will visit SMU as well if they ‘ask him to.'
Plano East had a strong start to their year but tailed off as the season progressed. Landis, who was named second team all-district, says he is willing to do whatever is required to play at well at the next level.
"That's mostly what I'm hearing from coaches and stuff – outside linebacker," Landis said. ‘Defensive end is what I feel I'm best at but if they want me to play outside I wouldn't mind. This summer I'd like to get bigger and stronger. For my senior year I want to be about 6-foot-3, 250."
Durham Talks SMU Offer
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