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Brown Commits To SMU

By EJ Holland

There is no question Larry Brown is making a tremendous impact at SMU despite never even coaching a game on The Hilltop. Earlier this week, the ‘Godfather' landed one of the most highly rated recruits in this year's class in Proviso East (IL) shooting guard Sterling Brown.

"I think probably the biggest thing that attracted him to SMU is the opportunity to play for a Hall of Fame coach like Larry Brown," said Mac Irvin Fire coach Nick Irvin. "He knows Brown had success both at the NBA and college levels. In the end, he just felt that it would be a good fit."

The four-star prospect also held offers from Miami, Minnesota, USC and others but was blown away on his official visit to SMU last weekend.

"He enjoyed everything about SMU," Irvin said. "He got to meet with the coaches and see the facilities, but he's a good academic student and really loved what SMU had to offer. Dallas is also a beautiful city with a lot of opportunities. He just fell in love with everything."

Brown is expected to come in and make an immediate impact as a shooting guard. He is also versatile enough to be a small forward and can handle the ball when needed. But Irvin says Brown's biggest strength is his will to win.

"He has that winning mentality that makes him stand out. He's won in AAU, and he's won in high school. He plays the game the right way and is a facilitator for his teammates. He can do everything perfectly. He can come off pick n' rolls, come of screens, and knock down shots. He'll do whatever Coach Brown asks of him."

Irvin says he's not sure if Brown will blossom into a better player than his brother, Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown, but is sure SMU has landed a special talent.

"He can be the Freshman of the Year in the Big East next year," he said. "He's that good."

Recruiting Briefs


- Visitors for SMU's game on Thursday included Myles Crosby, Nick Horton, and D.J. Green, who decommitted from Baylor

- Jesse Brubaker picked up an offer from Tulsa

- SMU commits Carlos Carroll and Travis Fister will visit SMU next weekend

- Poet Thomas picked up an offer from Arkansas Pine Bluff


- Tyler Roberson visited Kansas this weekend and will see Villanova next

- Ron Patterson picked up an offer from Syracuse

- Yanick Moreira did not visit Baylor last weekend but will visit this weekend

- Elijah Thomas is visiting Texas A&M

VIDEO: Crosby Talks Commitment, Visit

Brubaker Picks Up New Offer

By Russell Palmer

SMU commit and Wylie (TX) tight end Jesse Brubaker has had a successful start to his final high school season, helping his team go 4-2 and poised to make a successful run at the playoffs.

Brubaker, who has been committed to the Mustangs for quite some time, has drawn some interest from some other schools including Tulsa, which recently offered, and Oklahoma State.

"I got an offer from Tulsa last night. I'm kind of looking at them also. I'm going to be taking some visits soon." he said, "But I'm committed to SMU already, so it would take a lot for me to not stay with them."

Brubaker, who has been in contact with SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason recently, says that he plans to visit the Hilltop soon, and has high hopes for the rest of the SMU season.

"I'm going to a game November 10 (against Southern Miss)." he said, "Hopefully they (SMU) can rattle off a couple wins and get back on track."

Finally Brubaker, who has played a key role in the success of Wylie East's season, says he expects nothing less than to make the playoffs.

"Its been going really good, we've been wining some games," he said. "If we don't make the playoffs it's going to be a huge upset."

Top Hoops Prospect Still Interested In SMU

By Russell Palmer

Highly sought after Brewster Academy (NH) shooting guard Ron Patterson has been looking around at different schools ever since failing to meet Indiana's academic requirements.

Patterson, a gifted perimeter defender and talented shooter, has drawn major interest from Larry Brown and his staff and would be a major get for the Mustangs' basketball program. Patterson says he is interested in what SMU has to offer despite cancelling his scheduled visit to the Hilltop.

"I have a lot of interest in SMU since Larry Brown is the head coach of the school," he said. " I cancelled my visit (to SMU) because my parents couldn't make it, so I don't know when my next visit will be."

Patterson, who says there is no time period of when he will make his decision, has drawn interest from some major programs recently.

"I'm looking at Xavier, Villanova, SMU, UConn, Boston College, Miami," he said.

Along with those schools is Syracuse, which recently offered Patterson. The three-star prospect said he was caught off guard by the scholarship offer.

"I was surprised they offered me. I like the school, I like it a lot," he said. "I like the program the coach is running. I like the defense and how they get up and down the court."

Patterson said that no school is in the lead as of now and said that Larry Brown's experience is very important to him.

"He's a former NBA coach, so I give him a lot of respect," Patterson said.

Haness Makes Most Of Opportunity

By Billy Embody

SMU fifth-year safety Brett Haness has been through everything on the Hilltop from being put on scholarship after walking on, to not having one for him, to being put back on scholarship for this season.

On Thursday night, Haness got his first start at safety after playing on special teams the majority of his SMU career. He made the most of it as he notched an interception and played pretty solid even though SMU still gave up 440 yards of offense.

"Obviously, I just wanted to step in there and do my job," Haness said. "There's so many roles in college football that people can play and mostly my role has been on special teams so it was fun to be able to get out there again."

It is no secret that SMU has had its share of injuries in the secondary that has made it difficult for the Ponies to stop a lot of passing attacks. Haness said that the coaching staff instills in the players that you are always a play away from having to step up.

"We really take pride in our saying ‘next pony up,' which is for if someone unfortunately goes out then it's next guy in and he has to play at the same or higher level of the guy that was in front of him so that is just what is expected from everyone on our defense," Haness said.

After SMU lost to Tulane, a lot of people started writing off the Mustangs, but after this week's win against Houston, SMU may be on the rise.

"That's a team that almost ran the table last year," Haness said. "If we can beat Houston, we know can beat anyone in this league. I think the stage is set for us to make a run and we're all confident that we can do that."

Jackson Loses Interest In SMU

By Beionny Mickles

Boyd Anderson (FL) wide receiver Eddie Jackson does not seem to be too excited about his offer from SMU. Jackson's father says that his son didn't really mention SMU as one of the schools that he was interested in despite a visit from defensive backs coach Derrick Odum.

"They came by and talked to the coach and talked to him for a while," Jackson's father said. "He didn't really say anything about them. He just said that he liked the coaches and stuff."

Jackson currently holds offers from schools such as Purdue, Michigan State, Tennessee and Hawaii but has his eye on some of the powerhouses of the NCAA.

Jackson's dad says that his son is most interested in Florida State, LSU, and Alabama. Jackson's dad also says that after the season, he plans on taking Eddie to visit some collegiate programs but doesn't know which ones at the moment.

"We'll be going in a bit. We don't know which ones yet," he said. "He hasn't really narrowed it down, but we'll sit down and we'll talk and go through it and then he'll make the decision on which schools he wants to go to."

Jackson's dad says that Boyd Anderson has a great team this year and he thinks that his son has a good chance to bring home a FHSAA 7A state title.

"They have a nice team." Jackson's dad said. "If they play like I know they can play they can go all the way."

SMU Targets Top Kicker

By EJ Holland

It's no secret SMU has had trouble finding a kicker. But the quandary just may be over. The Mustangs are seriously considering offering Brownwood kicker Matthew McCrane, who is being touted as the best kicker in Texas.

"I'm very excited about SMU," McCrane said. "I would love to have the opportunity to kick there. I even applied to SMU just in case I don't get offered because I really want to be there and in Dallas."

McCrane has been on the Hilltop for multiple visits including a recent trip where he saw SMU fall to Texas A&M.

"It was a great game day experience," McCrane said. "It was pretty packed. I also was there in the spring and got to look around the campus. I want to major in business and was really impressed by the Cox School of Business."

While on his visit, McCrane got to speak to special teams coach Frank Gansz Jr., who told him to remain optimistic about a possible offer.

"I talked to Coach Gansz when I met him at the game day visit," McCrane said. "He said it will be at the end of November or early December when they decide if they are going to offer. It's definitely huge that he has worked with NFL kickers so it would great to play for him."

But Gansz isn't the only one recruiting McCrane. Former Brownwood teammate Derek Longoria has also been courting him.

"I text Derek weekly. He really wants me to come play at SMU," McCrane said. "He said he loves the coaches and says it's a great place to be."

McCrane made 41-of-44 extra points and 7-of-12 field goals, including a 52-yarder and had more than 30 touchbacks as a junior. Schools such as Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas and Kansas State are also showing interest.

Calloway Still High On SMU

By Beionny Mickles

Three-star Seattle Prep (WA) recruit Tere Calloway listed off a few of the schools that he was most interested in and SMU happened to be one of them. Calloway put SMU in his top five along with C-USA foe Southern Miss and three others.

Calloway, who has already taken an unofficial visit to the Hilltop, has been in contact with defensive coordinator Tom Mason as well as defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, whom he has developed a good relationship with.

"I like Coach Mason and Coach Odum," Calloway said. "I think that SMU would be a good fit for me. I just have to take some official visits and feel out other schools before I go more in depth."

Because of his great versatility, SMU coaches are recruiting Calloway as a defensive back who could see time at cornerback, safety or both. Calloway says that he wouldn't mind playing either position.

"They said that I have a chance to come in as a freshman and earn early playing time, whether that be at safety or cornerback," Calloway said. "I have no preference, just as long as it's in the secondary."

Calloway, who in his most recent outing put up 157 rushing yards and three touchdowns on offense and 10 tackles on defense, started off the season battling an injury and was sidelined for multiple games.

Calloway says that his team got off to a slow start beginning with a 1-4 record but since his return, they have been on a three game win streak.

"I was hurt in the beginning of the season, but I've been back for the past three weeks," Calloway said. It was a knee injury and it was just really swollen so I took a few weeks off and now I'm back at 100 percent."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back also says that he has SMU high on his list because of family in the Dallas area as well as the verbal commitment of fellow Washington recruit Kolney Cassel.

"The fact that Kolney's down there (plays a big part). He's a huge commitment," Calloway said. "I also have family down there so I feel at home."

A Look At How A Few Commits Did…

- Myles Crosby intercepted two passes in a 55-24 win over Irving. Crosby is a real ball hawk with nice length and size. He's also not afraid to deliver big blows. His technique could improve a bit but will definitely get better when he gets to SMU. Overall, this is definitely a nice sleeper for the Ponies.

- Jeremiah Gaines caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 24 yards in a 32-29 win over Mansfield Summit

- JaBryce Taylor caught six passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Bryan

- Jarvis Baxter caught six passes for 93 yards in a 28-7 loss to Garland Naaman Forest

- Jesse Brubaker caught one pass for six yards in a 42-17 win over Greenville

- Dee Paul passed for 119 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in a 67-0 win over Petrolia

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