Never too early

He might be a few years away from an official offer, but Narbonne freshman Malik Cyphers received some great news from SMU on Sunday night. Come inside as talks with the newest verbal offeree.

Malik Cyphers is getting a chance most guys his age aren't. A 2014 recruit, Cyphers is playing varsity as a freshman for Narbonne HS (CA). His play has been solid all season and it earned him some good news on Sunday night.

Cyphers called SMU offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and found out that the Mustangs were verbally offering him, with the promise of an official offer in a few years.

"It was an exciting feeling. I didn't think it was going to happen so fast as a freshman. I never expected to get a verbal offer," said Cyphers to "It gives me a lot of confidence as a player. I know now that I can do anything I set my mind to. It was just a great feeling overall."

At 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, Cyphers should not only fill out, but grow a few more inches. It's way too early to predict a projected position for the freshman.

"This season, I have four deflections, 15 tackles, and about four to five catches. I'm playing both ways and special teams," said Cyphers who is teammates with SMU offeree Dontae Levingston. "Dontae just told me that he talked to Coach Klemm and told him everything that I'm capable of. I'm really thank full for that.

"I thought our conversation was great. Coach Klemm just explained a lot about the academics and how they are an upcoming program. He said that when it comes to academics they rank really high. It was a nice talk."

Cyphers has never been timed in a forty and admits that he is still pretty raw in the recruiting process.

"It's still way early. I'm keeping my options. I haven't even thought about what I want in a school yet."

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