SMU will have to fight off future Big East foes Cincinnati and Uconn in order to land St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) offensive lineman Kyle Schafenacker, who listed the trio of programs as his current favorites.
"I like Cincinnati because of their recent tradition. They were Big East champs the last three years," Schafenacker said. "I've been talking to Uconn for a while. I really the coaching staffs at both schools."
But luckily for pony fans, the three-star guard will get a first-hand look at SMU when he makes a visit on July 28. Schafenacker explained that the combination of great academics and an upstart football team has him extremely interested in playing on the Hilltop.
"I plan on visiting at the end of July. I'm very interested in SMU and want to check it out. They have really good academics, and I really like what they have to offer," Schafenacker said. "A lot kids come out with a good degree and get good jobs. I heard the campus is beautiful and they have nice facilities."
Schafenacker also understands the importance of SMU's move from Conference USA to the Big East and would love the opportunity to play closer to home.
"It helps because my parents will get to come and see me play," he said. "It does make a difference for me whether I play in a major conference because I want to play against big time players."
Another advantage SMU has is defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, who has been recruiting Schafenacker since early spring. The two speak frequently and have developed a strong relationship.
"I talk to him almost every week," Schafenacker said. "He's a good coach and a good guy. He was pretty excited when he found out I was visiting. He's told me they want me as a guard. I feel I can bring a mean streak to the offensive line and provide leadership."
Before traveling to SMU, Schafenacker will attend a camp at Florida State on July 18. He has also camped at Miami and South Florida this summer.
Three-star OL confirms SMU visit
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