Aikens Aiming For SMU Offer

South Grand Prairie RB Leonard Aikens added his second offer today, and he's hopeful that the third will come from the SMU Mustangs.

"I got my second offer today from Pittsburgh," said Leonard Aikens (6-0, 206). "Coach (Michael) Norvell told me they really want me at Pitt. He talked about how I'd fit into their offense."

North Texas was the first program to offer Aikens, and it's possible that SMU will be next.

"Coach (Adrian) Klemm is recruiting me for SMU," said Aikens. "He's spoken with me about their expectations, and he believes I could be a big, big help to their offense.

"We've discussed their offensive formations, and Coach Klemm told me how they want to utilize a downhill running back. I was really feeling that."

What else does Aikens like about SMU?

"Their campus is nice," he explained. "I think it would be a great opportunity for me at SMU. I believe I could shine big-time there and help bring them back to where they were in the Pony Express days.

"I believe I can help SMU. I've noticed how they're doing a great job of filling in role spots with their recruiting. I think I could fit in nicely, too."

Has the SMU staff mentioned a timeline in terms of an offer?

"I went to their Junior Day along with (teammate and quarterback) Jared Johnson," said Aikens. "I felt it that day. I was hoping they would offer, but they didn't offer anybody at the Junior Day.

"Coach Klemm wants me to come to SMU's camp in two weeks, and I hope to get an offer then. I know SMU is interested, because they send me tons of mail. I really want to get that offer."

Pitt offered both Aikens and Johnson today. What did Aikens have to say about his friend and backfield mate?

"Jared is a great leader on and off the field," Aikens said. "He has amazing intelligence. He's super-smart and is a role model. He's great to be around.

"Jared brings a lot of intensity to the game. He puts perfect touch on his throws and has ridiculous arm strength. His speed allows him to get in and out of the pocket at will. I love lining up with him on Friday nights."

Aikens averaged just over eight yards per carry (91-729, 10 TDs) as a junior. He also hauled in 11 receptions for 186 yards (16.9 avg.) with two TDs.

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