Brubaker Checks Out SMU Practice

SMU commit Jesse Brubaker was on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit this past weekend. What advice did he receive from head coach June Jones?

Following in the footsteps of senior defensive end Margus Hunt when he gets to campus is something Jesse Brubaker doesn't take lightly.

The SMU commit has visited campus a few times this summer and enjoys watching Hunt dominate along the line. Brubaker believes that as he gets bigger and stronger in preparation for his arrival at SMU in the fall of 2013, getting on the field early will be up to him.

"It's kind of on me. It depends on how, from today until next year, how much weight I gain and how much stronger I get. If I can gain the weight, then who knows really. It is in my hands if I can do it," said the Wylie East (TX) star.

Brubaker would not have a problem redshirting if the coaching staff wanted him to get bigger and stronger. While on campus, Brubaker was able to talk with defensive coordinator Tom Mason, defensive line coach Bert Hill and head coach June Jones. All three reiterated to Brubaker how important he is to the 2013 recruiting class.

"They are just real excited. They said I am pretty much the top recruit that they wanted so that was nice to hear," Brubaker said.

Being close to the top of SMU's recruiting board could mean early playing time for Brubaker, but he was focused on picking up as many little things as he could while he was on campus this past Saturday.

"It was nice to see just kind of how the defense works. I think it will be an easy transition for me from my defense to the one we run there (at SMU)," Brubaker said. "It's a lot of the same techniques that goes into what they do."

Brubaker also spoke with freshman defensive end Elie Nabushosi, who Brubaker played against during his junior season. The two talked mostly about living on campus and everything the team had been doing during the summer.

Playing in a similar defense in high school, Brubaker knows what he enjoys the most about playing in a 3-4 defense.

"With the 3-4 defense, there's a lot of double teams put on to you so I like being the guy that says I can defeat the double team 90 percent of the time or whatever," Brubaker said. "I think that's pretty cool that three people can hold the line against five.

Brubaker could be a key piece to the 2013 rotation due to the graduation of defensive ends Margus Hunt and Kevin Grenier. With Brubaker being comfortable and knowing his role in the 3-4 scheme, there is a good chance he will become a household name early in his SMU career.

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