San Diego West View (CA) Taylor Reich might not have an offer from SMU, but it doesn't mean the Mustangs aren't really interested. It's not very often they invite recruits on official visits without an official offer, but it was the case with the 6-foot-7, 285-pound lineman this past weekend.
"I loved it. It's everything I really wanted the trip to be. I like Dallas a lot. The town itself was really cool. There is a lot to do there," said Reich. "I took a tour of the campus and I loved it. It's very cool. The Dedmon gym is really nice."
Reich camped at both USC, UCLA and also at San Diego State this past summer. He plans to take as many visits as he can, preferably all five, but seems to be very high on SMU if they do extend an offer and join UTEP as the only other school that has.
"I don't know what I would do. If they did offer me, I told Coach Klemm and Coach Jones that I would be very serious about the program," said Reich. "They talked to me about how they have some other offers out right now, but I'm a really important player in their plans. They said due to recruiting me late, they want to see where some other guys end up before offering me. They don't want to have to drop anyone. Of course I want an offer. I'm bummed. But, it's good to see the program respects their offers and will keep their promise when it comes to an offer."
Did Reich feel different being the only official visitor this past weekend in attendance without an offer?
"I felt a little different, but the guys didn't treat me any different. I felt like we all really clicked together. I think SMU is going to have some great things coming in the next few years," said the senior. "The coaching staff was great. Talking with them, I really got a good vibe. Seeing how close they are with their players is good to see. I think it would be cool to be a part of that."
Academically, Reich has a 3.0 and his SAT/ACT is still pending.
"I want a place where I can get a good education as well as play football to my highest expectations. A place where I can see myself fitting into not only the football program, but the school and the city."