Ready For SMU

Derek Longoria committed to the SMU Mustangs on July 1rst of last year, and the senior from Brownwood took his official visit to the Hilltop this weekend. Who was his host? What are the coaches telling Longoria about his future position? Is it linebacker or safety? Will he get a shot at punter? Read further to get the answers.

"The official visit was fun," said Derek Longoria. "I learned a lot. I got to hang out with Zach Line, who was my host. We played X-Box at his apartment last night and then came back for breakfast this morning.

"I mainly hung out with Darius Joseph and Ronnell Sims from Abilene. I knew them both from track meets. They're both ready to get up there (to SMU) as much as me. I'm tired of not playing football."

How did the visit conclude and what did the coaches tell Longoria about his future position?

"I didn't talk to Coach (June) Jones for long, but he said that he was happy I came for the official visit and he's looking forward to me coming to SMU.

"My future position depends on my weight. If I only gain 20 pounds, then I can probably stay at safety. I'm at 200 pounds right now. I was at 210, but I took a little time off from lifting after hurting my elbow against Carthage. If I gain 40 pounds, then I'll be at linebacker. I should be good at punter, because the SMU punter is graduating."

Longoria was an all-state punter in 2010 for Brownwood, which went 14-1 and advanced to the Texas Class 3A Division II semifinals (before losing a 35-28 nailbiter to eventual state champ Carthage).

"We did have a good season," Longoria said. "State was ours; we had it in our hands, but we had some game-changing calls and lost. I'm over it all now, though."

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