The Hilltop Review

Every Saturday morning, the Pony Stampede staff will provide exclusive stories and information on SMU basketball, football, and recruiting that you can't find anywhere else!

Crosby Commits To SMU

By Beionny Mickles

Like father, like son.

Colleyville Heritage (TX) safety Myles Crosby has always dreamt of playing college football the same way that his father did back in the 1980's. On Wednesday evening, Crosby made the decision that he would play at SMU.

"It's a great feeling," Crosby said. "I've worked so hard since I was a little kid. It's always been my dream to go and play college football just like my father so it's kind of like a dream come true. I'm very blessed and happy."

Crosby said that SMU extended the offer after a series of visits initiated by defensive coordinator Tom Mason and followed up by running backs coach Wes Suan, who covers recruiting in his area.

Crosby, who committed just three hours after Suan gave him the offer, said there were several teams that were very close to offering him including Tulsa, Kansas, Arizona State, Purdue and New Mexico. However, SMU was the school he wanted to hear from the most.

"I had about five or six times that were about to give me offers, but they were pretty much waiting for someone else to offer me before they offered," Crosby said. "I was just so happy. SMU was the one school that I really wanted to offer me from the very beginning so once they offered, there was no question that I wanted to commit."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back says schools have been recruiting him as an outside linebacker because of his size and accumulation of tackles this season. However, the Mustangs are recruiting Crosby as a safety, which in the future could give them excellent size at the position if he's paired up with freshman starter Shakiel Randolph.

Crosby says SMU's gorgeous campus, top-notch academics, and up-and-coming football team is all that he ever wanted in a college;, which made pulling the trigger on SMU an easy decision to make. Crosby says that his commitment is 'very solid.'

"It was like should I wait for all of these offers to come just so I could say I had all these offers and all that," Crosby asked himself. "But honestly, it did not matter to me. I knew what I wanted. They offered and I took it. That's that."

Football Recruiting Briefs

By EJ Holland

- A very reliable source at the Cedar Hill vs. South Grand Prairie game that I was covering for the DMN on Friday informed me that he spoke to the Wylie East head coach, who said Jesse Brubaker is reconsidering his commitment to SMU and expects him to pick up more offers before the season is over

- Cedar Hill wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo, who committed to Texas A&M, said he never heard from SMU again after an offer was extended in the spring

- Lancaster athlete Demarcus Ayers informed me that SMU is in the running for his fourth or fifth official visit. He is currently checking out Washington State, where is softly committed

- A source close to the situation has informed me that Will Hopkins has been in contact with Bert Hill as recent as two weeks ago. It's no secret SMU is still looking for a DE so he could be an option

- Tere Calloway is still not sure if he's going to use an official visit for SMU. He is visiting Nevada next weekend followed by Southern Miss on November 2.

- Georgia speedster Rashard Fant, who picked up an offer last month, has yet to hear from SMU and is quickly losing interest

Basketball Recruiting Briefs

By EJ Holland

- Four-star SF Sterling Brown is visiting SMU today. He has visits set for Miami and Memphis to round out October

- Ben Moore has narrowed it down to SMU, Illinois, and Colorado State. He is visiting Illinois this weekend and will more than likely make a decision next week.

- Yannick Morreira is visiting Baylor this weekend and will also check out Oregon later this month

- Larry Brown visited Ron Patterson at Brewster Academy on Monday and also extended an offer to 2014 four-star SG Jared Terrell

- Tyler Roberson has an official visit set for Kansas on October 19 and Kentucky on November 2

- SMU prospect and former Arlington Grace Prep big man Karviar Shepard committed to TCU earlier this week

Cassel Preparing For Rehab

By Russell Palmer

SMU quarterback commit Kolney Cassel has had a rough week after breaking his leg, ending his final high school season. However, Cassel provided some optimism on his rehab, and thinks he should be back a bit sooner than expected.

"Its going good," he said. "I think in three or four months I'll be back."

Cassel, who is good friends with SMU prospects Tere Calloway and Tatum Taylor, has been in contact with the duo constantly about joining him on the Hilltop, but Cassel says in the end, they have to make the decision that is best for them.

"Yeah I have [talked to Calloway]," he said. "It's up to him on where he goes, I mean I tried to talk to him. He's very interested in schools that are interested in him is what he's saying."

It sounds as if Calloway, who is considered one of SMU's top priority recruits has not been recruited heavily by the staff recently, and may have SMU sliding down his list of schools as a result.

Cassel however, is excited to be a Mustang, and expects to visit SMU again sometime soon. Furthermore, Cassel says the SMU coaching staff has been in contact with him since his injury, which has provided reassurance.

"I talked to Coach Mason a few days ago after my injury," he said. "He was very supportive."

Cassel had surgery on Friday and will begin rehabbing as soon as next week.

Cheatham Checks Out SMU

By EJ Holland

Trey Washington isn't the only prospect from Gilmer interested in SMU. Fellow defensive back Justus Cheatham joined his teammate on an unofficial visit two weeks ago and liked what he saw.

"I love the campus and how big the school is," Cheatham said. "They had the best facilities I've ever seen. The game day atmosphere was crazy. I like how they play as a team and all the fan support they get."

Cheatham hopes to get in contact with SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill soon as he continues to learn more about the program from Washington. The two have been talking frequently about playing at the next level together.

"I like SMU and I would be very interested. Trey is trying to get me in contact with the coaches," Cheatham said. "We talk about going to school all the time. It would be one of the greatest experiences since we both play safety and communicate well."

The 5-foot-7, 160-pounder has been having a superb senior season and leads the team with three interceptions.

Local DB Sees SMU

By Beionny Mickles

After visiting for the Mustangs' game against TCU, Mesquite (TX) defensive back Devin Wright says that his interest level in SMU has increased and they've jumped into his top-5.

"I can say that it has grown more after the visit," said the 5-foot-8, 150-pound cornerback. "I'd put it in my top-5 I guess along with North Texas, Oklahoma State and Houston." Wright said he liked the friendly atmosphere of the campus and enjoyed having the opportunity to chat with deep snapper Mark Voosen before the game.

"He just told me that SMU was a nice program to be a part of," Wright said. "He told me about how boulevarding is fun and all of the things that I should do that I would enjoy while I was there."

Wright, who currently only has an offer from UNT, says that he has been in communication with coaches from a number of schools and expects to pick up more offers in the near future. Wright says that Houston will probably be the next to pull the trigger.

Wright also thinks SMU is also interested in Mesquite's quarterback Alex Cooper, who has taken the Dallas-are by storm with 2,111 yards passing, a 76 percent completion percentage, 331 yards rushing and 23 total touchdowns.

"Oh yeah, I'm very sure that they'd be interested in him," Wright said. "His size kind of puts him back but with the numbers he's putting up, they should want him."

Wright, who says that he would like to play cornerback at the next level, says that if any of his teammates were to come to SMU, he thinks that it would definitely increase his chances of coming to the Hilltop.

Basketball Tip Off Notebook

By Billy Embody



- Head Football Coach June Jones was in the audience, but did not appear to stay for the after party.

- $36 million of the $47 million needed for the renovations have been raised already.

- The luxury suites, located on the North side of Moody, will be accessible through the Miller Events Center, a three story event center, which will also include coaching offices, expanded concourses and the luxury suites at the top that will look down on the entire arena.

- Students will have new retractable seating for the student section, but the location of the seating was not mentioned.

- All the concourses will be expanded to make sure you can actually walk by people. When the Miller family made the initial $10 million donation, this was their first request.

- New lighting and audio will be put in throughout the entire arena.

- Peruna tripped walking up the stairs to welcome the crowd and was slow to get up. He stayed active for the rest of the event though.

- New wheelchair accessible seating will be provided.

- When deciding on whether they wanted a new arena or a renovated Moody it was never a question. Keeping Moody allows the bowl seating arrangement to be kept, which would not meet code requirements if built today. This allows the fans to be right on top of everything. Former coach Matt Doherty mentioned this last year when I talked with him about the renovations.

- There were seven $1 million donors on stage in addition to the coaches and administration.

- President Turner compared the renovated Moody to Cameron Indoor at Duke.

- Binkley Avenue will become a pedestrian walk from the Mustangs to the Bush Library.

2014 Shooting Guard Gaining Interest

By EJ Holland

With the Harrison twins and Kansas State commit Wesley Iwundu on your AAU team, it's a little difficult to make a name for yourself. But that's exactly what Jamal Williams hopes to do now that he will be a focal point on the team.

"I'm just trying to shine," Williams sad. "I'm more of a slasher, and I like to attack the rim. If I improve my shooting, I feel I can be a top prospect."

The 2014 shooting guard has been in contact with SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi and hopes to pick up an offer from the Mustangs in the near future.

"I like them a lot now that they have Larry Brown. I don't know too much about them yet, but I'm excited to learn more," Williams said. "I look forward to hearing more from Coach Maligi."

Williams said that he would like to take an unofficial visit to the Hilltop after his junior season. The 6-foot-5, 175-pounder is familiar with the SMU campus thanks to a spring visit.

"It was really nice campus and I got to see the facilities," Williams said. "They want SMU to be a winning program. They really want to turn it around, and I really liked that about them."

Williams has also been hearing from Houston, Texas A&M, UMASS and Vanderbilt.

Colbert Recaps Visit

By Russell Palmer

Copperas Cove (TX) star running back Chans Colbert visited SMU during the battle of the Iron Skillet against TCU, and came away very impressed with what the Mustangs had to offer, despite the rainy conditions.

"I think it went really good," he said "I got to meet the coaches, and got to watch a good game despite the rain. So far the main person I've talked to is the main recruiting coach, Steve Stigall."

Despite being a bit undersized for the running back position, Colbert thinks that his speed and agility would fit very well in the Mustangs Run N' Shoot offense.

"I think I can fit that spot really well," he said. "The running backs they have now are pretty big, bigger than I am. I'm 5-foot-9, 190-pounds so most of the slot receivers are my size. But in the SMU offense, I think I can be a running back."

Colbert has also heard from Air Force and may make an official visit.

Local 2014 DB Likes SMU

By Russell Palmer

2014 defensive back Peyton Hendrix has plenty of time to make his college decision, yet the talented speedster out of Red Oak has already started taking visits, including one to the Hilltop two weeks ago.

"It was a really good experience, to talk to the players and feel the environment," he said. "I talked to Coach (Bert) Hill mostly."

Hendrix has high interest in SMU and despite receiving interest from some top tier programs such as Alabama and Miami, likes many things about SMU.

"Well one of my teammates is already committed to SMU, so that's a plus," he said. "It's close to home, and they have a good academic record."

The teammate Hendrix is talking about is Jeremiah Gaines- one of the top SMU commits in the 2013 class and said the two have talked frequently about SMU.

"Yes. I've talked to him quite a bit about it and he kind of makes me more interested the more he talks about SMU," Hendrix said.

Another teammate of Hendrix is fellow 2014 defensive back Ronnie LaRue, who is also one of the Mustangs most coveted recruits. Hendrix said the two have talked about SMU a lot and wouldn't be surprised if they end up on the Hilltop together.

"We talk about it [SMU] all the time," he said. "We plan on committing to the same school eventually."

A Look At How A Few Of The SMU Recruits Did…

- Jarvis Baxter caught two passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in a 27-17 loss to South Garland

- Jeremiah Gaines caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 20 yards and another score in a 28-27 loss to Ennis

- Jesse Brubaker caught five passes for 40 yards in a 49-38 loss to Sherman

- JaBryce Taylor caught 10 passes for 146 yards in a 49-21 loss to The Woodlands

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