Travis Fister easily could have committed as soon as high school teammate Carlos Carroll did, but he wanted to make sure everything about SMU was right for him. SMU had everything Fister was looking for, it turned out, and he made his firm commitment after his visit.
"After I visited, I fell in love with everything about the campus, the coaching staff and everything about it just felt right," said Fister, who has closed his recruitment and has not received any new offers since his commitment.
Fister and Carroll have spent time talking since his commitment about their goals for their time at SMU, which includes winning the Big East and going to a BCS bowl game. They feel like they can be building blocks for the future teams at SMU.
"We had only talked about going to the same school jokingly then after he committed we had visited together, but I always looked at it like a bonus that he was going there," Fister said.
Fister did talk about the impact Carroll might have at SMU because of his great size and speed at linebacker (6-foot-3, 220-pounds). Carroll's impact on their high school team, Salpointe Catholic (AZ), cannot be ignored, as they are loaded with enough talent to win a state championship with at least six potential college football players on the team.
"I think he (Carroll) is going to be a great player to come off the edge on blitzes," Fister said.
While Carroll and Fister are both key pieces for their team in their chase for a state championship, Fister knows that he must use his technique, which he calls the strength of his game to help his team accomplish their goal.
"Our team has probably looked the best it has ever looked since I've been here," Fister said. "We are just putting in a lot of time in weight room."
Fister is spending the summer working out every day from 7-10 a.m. to get stronger and bulk up from 270 to the 290 pounds, which the Mustang coaches have talked to him about playing at. Fister's technique is what he prides himself on, but he knows he must continue to improve this offseason to grow at the next level.
"Just getting stronger," Fister said. "I felt like my technique was pretty good from last year, but I need to improve my strength to get better at finishing blocks."
Projected to play guard or center at SMU, Fister wants to bulk up before he gets to the Hilltop while keeping his quickness so he can continue to do what he does best- pass protect.
Fister's team started their official march to a state championship this week with fall practices. Salpointe Catholic practices every weekday from 5-8 p.m. and also works out some days in the mornings.
With their team's continued effort and commitment to their goal, led by Fister and Carroll, their season might just end with a state championship.
Fister and Carroll have set their goal for their senior season of high school, but SMU fans will be even more impressed if their goals for their time at SMU come true as well.
SMU commit determined to win state
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