The Big Board

With linebacker Charles Burks off the board, thought it was time to take a look at the five biggest offerees the Mustangs need to help finish out a great recruiting class. Come inside for our look.

When coming up with our big board, we only took players with official offers in hand. There are a few more lineman being evaluated and will probably get offers. There are other skill positions still being evaluated as well.

1.) OG Dontae Levingston- If the California offensive lineman commits, SMU would have a slight lead over Houston in having the strongest C-USA OL class of 2010. It would also be another major skin on the wall for SMU offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who once again would be beating some of the big boys for Levingston. So far, the senior has offers from Florida, Oregon, Washington, among others. He has already visited SMU once, but his trip in the coming weeks to the Hilltop with Conner Preston should be the deal breaker.

2.) OLB Jonathan Yenga- No 2011 recruit has had more hours dedicated to him by the coaching staff then Yenga. Everyone assumed that Jonathan would want to follow in his the footsteps of his older brother Youri, but it might be just the thing that keeps him away from the Hilltop. With Youri graduating this year, SMU needs immediate help with the outside rush. Not only is Jonathan the type of player that could play early, but the Mustangs would love to snag a recruit from Euless Trintiy. A program that year in and year out produces major D1 talent.

3.) OLB Alonzo Highsmith Jr. - With Highsmith, the learning curve would be small. He would be able to come in and provide immediate help on the outside. SMU has had success with juco players before in recent years. Steling Moore, Richard Crawford, and Justin Sorrell have all had major parts this season. It's also nice to have sons of former NFL players on your roster.

4.) OG Alex Mitchell- A recruit who has seen his interest from schools slow due to various reasons, Mitchell's recruitment is starting to heat up. A three-star offensive guard, Mitchell is getting interest from USC, Oregon, and Oregon State besides for his SMU offer. SMU's Adrian Klemm would love nothing more than to snag Mitchell early, not giving those teams a chance to get to their second or third option. SMU plans to take anywhere from five to seven offensive lineman, Mitchell and Levingston would go along way to helping provide the Mustangs with some depth inside. Something they don't have right now.

5.) WR Darius Joseph- His teammate Ronnell Sims might be the more electric player, but Joseph is the type of receiver the Mustangs are in need of right now. At 6-foot-1, he isn't as tall as Arrius Holleman, but has the ability to go up and get balls. He showed off his skills at the Texas 7-on-7 state tourney. Joseph was limited to five games in 2009, so his recruitment has been somewhat slow. But, Abilene is a great team and should advance far into the playoffs. Plenty of teams will get a chance to see him before it's all said and done.

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