From Down Under to Big D

SMU commitment Blake Muir made the trip from Australia to Texas to check out SMU vs TCU. Come inside to get his thoughts on the trip.

When PonyStampede.com broke the news in August that Australian defensive end Blake Muir was committing to SMU, not much was known about the recruit.

It's now October and some questions still remain. How long will it take for him to adjust to American football? When will he be ready to come in?

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder headed to Dallas a few weeks ago for the TCU game. It was the first time visiting SMU and he filled PonyStampede.com in yesterday on his visit.

"I thought the game was awesome. I have only been to a couple of college games and that was the best by far," said Muir. "Even though the stadium is not that big, when you pack it out like that, a lot of energy is created from the crowd. I had never been to Dallas or Texas before then and so it allowed me to get a good feel for what it would be like to go to school there. I had a great time."

Only a handful of players from Down Under get a chance to play football in the states on a scholarship. While his competition has not been the greatest to this point, the Mustang coaching staff is hoping they can develop Muir's talent to go along with his size and strength.

"The SMU campus is the best I have seen so far. SMU is very wealthy and it shows. Coach Stigall took us on a tour of the campus and I was amazed at the facilities, from the athletic department to the classrooms," said Muir. "I was also very impressed with Dallas. I thought had more of a big country town feel to it rather than bid city, even though it is probably bigger than an city in Australia."

Much has been made about Muir's arrival time to SMU, but the defensive end filled us in on the plans right now.

"I would arrive in January and go through spring practice, hopefully ready to contribute for the season."


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