SMU offers Arizona offensive lineman

Travis Fister, a versatile offensive lineman out of Salpointe High School (Tucson, Ariz.), received some good news from the Mustangs last Friday. Tom Mason dropped by spring practice Thursday, liked what he saw, and offered Fister a scholarship the next day.

SMU's latest offer comes from Arizona.

Travis Fister, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman out of Salpointe High School (Tucson, Ariz.), received good news from the Hilltop a few days ago.

Thursday, SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason went to Salpointe to watch Fister and linebacker Carlos Carroll, a prospect who already holds an offer from the Mustangs. Mason chatted with the two athletes for a bit during the school day, then caught practice in the afternoon.

"He spent the whole practice watching me and Carlos and after said he was really impressed and would recommend I get offered and then the next day, the offer came," Fister said.

Fister said he was a little nervous knowing that Mason was going to be watching him practice, but was also excited.

The offer came Friday. Fister said his high school coach informed him of the news that morning, then he called Mason himself to confirm.

The SMU offer makes two for Fister, who also holds one from South Dakota State.

But the versatile lineman—who plays left tackle at Salpointe but is being recruited as a center—says more offers could be coming soon. Idaho has attended a spring practice and Fister plans to hit up camps at California Berkeley, Arizona State, Arizona and Boise State this summer.

Despite his camp schedule, Fister says the Mustangs are his No. 1 at the moment.

"SMU is definitely at the top of my list," he said.

Fister, and perhaps Carroll, too, plans to visit SMU on June 1. He doesn't think he'll participate in the camp that begins June 2, but he's never been on the Hilltop before and wants to get a feel for what the campus is like.

"I definitely want to look around the campus and see if it's a good fit for me," Fister said. "I know SMU has one of the best business schools in the country, which is huge, and that's probably a top two thing that will help me decide on a school. But besides that, I just want to see how the players respond to the coaches and how the coaches interact with the players and I want to see the campus and the area around it."

Ever since Carroll received his offer back in March, he's been talking up SMU to Fister and his family. Soon, Fister will get a chance to see if all the talk is for real.

"I'm really excited to visit to see if it stacks up to what everyone is saying," Fister said.

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