SMU Commitment Update

It's the most exciting time of the year in the world of prep football, as schools around the country gear up for runs at their respective state championships. Find out what's going on with some of the prospects that are committed to SMU.

Conner Preston and the Serra Cavaliers haven't tasted defeat in a long time -- their last loss came to Oaks Christian in December of 2008 -- and the Cavs bounced back from a deficit against previously-unbeaten Chaminade (8-1) in a hard-fought 35-21 win over the weekend.

Serra stretched its winning streak to 24 games as Preston completed 12-of-18 passes for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns. This week, the Cavaliers are up against Los Angeles Cathedral (5-4). Preston has 2,469 yards through the air with 26 TDs (and only 6 interceptions).

Wide receiver Jermaine Sams and St. Paul's begin their quest for the Louisiana Class 5A championship this Friday at home versus Natchitoches-Central. Sams and the Wolves are seeded No. 3 and are expected to win easily over the No. 30 Chiefs (6-4).

Sams, with 29 catches for 530 yards (18.28 ypc), is easily the leading receiver for his squad. He has five touchdown receptions, including one last week in St. Paul's 56-8 romp over Fontainebleau. He's also averaging 29.3 yards per kick return.

The Wolves could be looking at a rematch against Central of Baton Rouge next week. St. Paul's defeated Central, 19-15, in the second week of the season.

In that game, Sams caught four passes for 117 yards, including a 99-yard TD. If that matchup pans out, Sams will draw plenty of attention from Central cornerback James Richardson, who is receiving interest from SMU.

Rowlett and leading tackler Zachary Wood open the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs this week at home vs. Dallas Jesuit (6-4).

Wood has terrorized opponents all season long, notching 15 tackles in both the Rockwall and North Garland games. He also has seven sacks.

If Rowlett wins this week, as expected, the Eagles could have a date against Mesquite Horn and SMU commit Stephon Sanders in the second round. Horn, however, is a decided underdog to 9-1 Copperas Cove.

Sanders is among the team leaders for the 6-4 Jaguars with 55 tackles, 45 of which are the solo variety. Twice, Sanders has recorded a season-high of eight stops (vs. Stephenville and Longview).


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