SMU offers pair from Abilene

SMU recently extended scholarship offers to a pair of Abilene Eagles: WR/S Darius Joseph and WR/QB Ronnell Sims. Find out what Joseph had to say about his recruitment, as well as his take on the Eagles' 2010 season.

"SMU is my first offer and I think it's awesome," said Abilene WR/S Darius Joseph (6-foot-1, 190), who is being recruited by receivers coach Jeff Reinebold. "It's great to know that I have that (offer) and that I'll be able to go to college for free.

"After the Plant game, our coach told Ronnell and I that SMU would be offering each of us a scholarship and we got the letter (written offer) about a week later. I'm trying to get Ronnell over there to Dallas so we can take a visit for the SMU/Tulsa game."

Which other schools are vying for Joseph's services?

"Texas Tech is recruiting me heavily and although TCU has faded some, they're still talking to me and are showing more interest lately. After getting hurt (shoulder) during the season last year, I'm having to start things over in terms of getting the attention from colleges. I'm working to get my name out there again."

Joseph has had a strong showing thus far during his senior season, racking up 11 tackles in Abilene's one-point loss to Longview in overtime last week. In that game, he also caught a 25-yard TD pass on the Eagles' OT possession.

Earlier this season, Joseph was unstoppable versus Cocoa (Fl.). With his teammate, RB Herschel Sims, out for that game due to an injury, Joseph responded by carrying the team on offense (nine receptions, 188 yards, one TD).

Abilene, which is 3-2 on the year, has undertaken the toughest schedule in the nation, including previous games (both wins) over out-of-state powers such as Plant, Florida (five-star LB James Wilder, Alabama commit Phillip Ely), and Franklinton, Louisiana (LSU commit Terrance Magee, Mississippi State commit Josh Robinson).

"We're optimistic," said Joseph of the current mindset surrounding the Abilene squad. "We're not going to hold our heads down, because we've played a really tough schedule and we've hung tough.

"We done pretty good and we don't feel too bad about where we are right now. We're confident that we're growing as a team and that we'll be in good position to defend our (5A Division II) state championship."

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