Walling is a Mustang

Though he'd been pledged to North Texas for quite some time, offensive lineman Chase Walling committed to SMU after his official visit this past weekend. He said that it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.

For the last couple weeks, Chase Walling had been having quite the internal battle.

He could stay committed to North Texas, the school he'd been planning on attending since the summer, or switch his allegiance to SMU, the school that just recently came into the picture.

As it turns out, the latter was too good of an opportunity to pass up for Walling, as he committed to the Mustangs on his official visit this weekend.

"Every aspect of SMU was too good of an opportunity not to take advantage of compared to UNT," Walling said. "It was really hard."

Walling had developed relationships with the UNT coaching staff and recruits, saying he'd text them all daily. But at the end of the day, he felt he needed to do what was best for him, which was to become a Mustang.

Walling committed to SMU on Sunday during his one-on-one meeting with June Jones.

"I was the last recruit to visit with him," Walling said. "He said he knows it's tough since I've been committed to North Texas for so long and he said he respects it and appreciates everything and said he's not going to pressure me into making a decision, but he said he'd like to know before Monday.

"There was a lot of small talk and him telling stories about himself and then I just said, based on the weekend, I was going to commit and told him this is where I'd be and he was really happy. It was a good meeting."

Besides falling in love with the campus and facilities, things he already knew were there since taking his unofficial visit last week, Walling said meeting the whole coaching staff, current players and other recruits really confirmed his decision.

He said camaraderie is already building among the recruits.

"I got close with Sam Rice and Christian Chamagua and Collin LaGasse and Prescott Line," Walling said. "We hung out and exchanged numbers and all that."

Walling's weekend host was junior running back Billy Dugal, who he said answered all his questions.

He also mentioned he met Zach Line and a "fairly good amount of other players."

Walling said that Jones told him he could get in and compete early since SMU is losing its entire offensive line next year.

"He fully believes I can get in immediately once I get acclimated and compete for a starting spot," Walling said. "That's exciting and was also a big deal for me, too."

Walling said the second he signs, he can get his workout packet and that the coaches said that because he lives so close (Lake Highlands area), the second he graduates he can start working out with the team and using the facilities. He also mentioned that he met strength and conditioning coach Mel de Laura and is excited to get to work.

"He's awesome," Walling said. "The players said he'll work your ass off, but he's a really good guy."

Walling said Wednesday morning, National Signing Day, he'll wake up and fax in his letter first thing.

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