Christian Chamagua can't wait until signing day.
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive guard out of Manvel, who committed to SMU about three weeks ago, is anxious to make things official.
"I want to sign already and get my workout books," he said.
After losing center commitment Carl Hulick a few days ago, Chamagua's decision to come to SMU is even more important as the Mustangs will lose their starting five to graduation.
Chamagua says he's been working out with the Manvel football team, who was runner-up in the 4A state playoffs this year, to stay in shape. He runs a lot of short distances like 100- and 200-meter sprints to work his fast-twitch muscles.
Though he didn't get to watch the game, Chamagua read articles and saw highlights of SMU's 28-6 Compass Bowl win over Pitt last weekend.
"It was pretty awesome," he said. "And it wasn't any crappy team or anything. [SMU] showed they're a team to compete with."
Chamagua said the victory made him even more excited and confident about his commitment.
Since giving his verbal pledge, Chamagua has been talking to Jeff Reinebold and Wes Suan "day in and day out." He said the coaches tell him to just keep doing what he's been doing and that they're excited to have him.
Chamagua is taking his official visit the weekend of Jan. 27th.
As far as finding a new offensive line coach, Chamagua said Suan reminds him of his high school position coach. Suan, who has served as Adrian Klemm's replacement since his departure during the bowl break, could remain the Mustangs' offensive line coach or return to his running back duties. It's unknown at this point, but Chamagua said he'd definitely like to play for Suan.
Chamagua has talked to friends Seaver Myers and Glynn Cheeks about SMU ever since committing. He said Myers sent him pictures of the campus and facilities on his visit, which has made him even more eager to take his in a few weeks.
As far as Manvel teammate Cheeks, who is currently committed to Air Force, Chamagua says he's working on recruiting him to become a Mustang.
Back to SMU's bowl win, Chamagua, like many other commits, believes it gave the Mustangs credibility as they look forward to a future in the Big East.
"Honestly, with the class coming in and the guys they have coming back, [SMU] should be in the top of the conference," Chamagua said. "I love the fact that we're going to the Big East. It's more competition. I think we'll be able to compete and have a better record than this year and get to another bowl game."
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