SMU commit eyes powerlifting record

SMU commit Rishaad Wimbley has committed to play football for the Mustangs, and he's also committed to being one of the top powerlifters in the state. The Forney High School senior has his sights set on breaking a particular powerlifting record. What's his goal? Read further to find out.

"I'm going for the regional squat record of 715 pounds, which was set last year," said Forney defensive tackle and SMU commit Rishaad Wimbley. "My personal best is 640 pounds, which also was last year.

"I was bothered then by my back and a stressed hamstring, but I'm feeling good now. I've been doing a lot of core exercises that help with that, such as straight-leg deadlifts, weighted abs, working with the medicine ball, and anything that helps strengthen the upper-back.

"I compete in the 275-pound weight class, which means that I can't weigh in at over 275.5 pounds. The most I've ever weighed was 303, and I'm currently at 275. I'm able to gain and lose weight easily."

The composite state record in the squat (800 pounds) for Wimbley's weight class is held by Kenneth Hunt of Port Arthur Jefferson. Hunt set that milestone in 2002.

"I'm going up to 600 pounds on the squat this week, and I did 545 pounds a couple of times last week," continued Wimbley.

"This year, I'm not going to officially be on our track team, although I'm going to run some track to stay in shape. Last year, I threw the discus and shot put. I'm concentrating solely on powerlifting this year."

Wimbley has been a frequent spectator at SMU games this fall.

"We've had a good year," he said of the Mustangs. "I was at the Marshall game a couple of weeks ago and the defense played really good, especially in the first half. We slipped up a little bit in the second half."

Wimbley is currently ranked as the No. 120 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by

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