2012 DE "loves SMU"

SMU hosted a handful of 2012 targets recently during the Washington State game, and one of those juniors was 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end Malik Dilonga of Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill).

"My son loves SMU," said Jacques Dilonga of his son, junior DE Malik Dilonga. "He has an awesome GPA, around 3.9, and he's only 16 years old.

"He's 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and I'm 6-foot-5, 260 pounds. His uncle, Damian Johnson, played at Kansas State and then went to play pro ball alongside former SMU great Byron Hunt with the New York Giants under Bill Parcells."

The elder Dilonga is excited about the direction of the SMU program.

"The way I see it, SMU is going to be awesome in one or two more years," he exclaimed. "Coach Jones is doing a great job."

Dilonga is similarly excited, and rightly so, about his son's football future.

"I'm going to be brutally honest here - not because it's my son," he said. "Malik is a very strong, very coachable, humble guy.

"I would say that a college program will take him and by the time he's a junior, Malik will be big-time and no one will be able to touch him. I see him as a late bloomer on the field.

"He will do anything you ask him and always obey the coach. He's very bright and a big teddy bear off the field."

Dilonga is certainly an athletic specimen, starring in football, basketball, and track (high jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles). He's among the team leaders in tackles with 25 (22 solo) for the 3-2 Chargers.

Trinity Christian faces Grace Community (Tyler) and another 2012 SMU prospect, WR Grant Childress, on October 8th.

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