Jesse Brubaker sets the tempo for his teammates by keeping his head down and working hard to get stronger and faster.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Wylie East (TX) tight end and defensive end will lineup with his hand in the dirt for defensive coordinator Tom Mason when he arrives at the Hilltop in fall of 2013.
"I don't see many people work like I do," Brubaker said. "That's probably why I will be playing at a DI level. I set the tempo for everyone else."
Brubaker talked about his mean streak and how he is more excited to be able to have more options as a defensive end instead of having to control someone at the line of scrimmage as a tight end.
"I'm going to be a defensive end for them. This is my first year playing defensive end in high school. It opens things up a little bit more," Brubaker said. "On the defensive side, you can let loose and really hurt somebody."
Brubaker will still play tight end for his high school as well as starting his new career as a defensive end and has already added 15 pounds to his frame this summer in order to be ready for the switch.
He has spent the last couple of months working out five days a week and doing speed training with his high school teammates while also competing in the State 7-on-7 Tournament.
Brubaker may have three and four-star wide receivers Quan Jones and Marcell Ateman on his team, but the SMU commit has been making noise of his own by adding offers from Louisiana Tech and Tulsa. But that hasn't changed anything when it comes to his commitment.
"I'm not going to play for anyone else. I've shut it down," Brubaker said.
Brubaker's solid verbal gives SMU a player that has a work ethic that will have him leading the charge in the weight room when he arrives. The biggest adjustment Brubaker sees at the Division I level is the strength aspect.
"There are some big boys now. I just need to work at getting the right weight I need to play at," Brubaker said.
That won't be an issue as the newly converted defensive end has the frame to add more weight and could end up producing like former SMU defensive end Taylor Thompson, who excelled as a defensive end at SMU after being an all-state tight end in high school.
Brubaker has the work ethic to make this a reality and will be a raw prospect for the Mustang coaches to develop when he arrives on the Hilltop.
Brubaker discusses commitment status
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