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Gipson Looking To Pick Up SMU Offer

By EJ Holland

SMU got the immediate help they needed by landing a big and experienced back in former Texas Longhorn Traylon Shead. But what about a change of pace back?

Dallas Kimball's Teriyon Gipson could certainly fill that role. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder is a versatile blazer on the field and has rushed for 1,090 yards and 14 touchdowns through seven games.

"A lot of schools want to play cornerback or stay put at running back," Gipson said. "I think I can be the most effective at running back because of my speed."

Gipson currently has high interest from schools such as New Mexico, North Texas and ULM but is hoping to pick up an offer from SMU when he visits this weekend along with teammates Brandon Hines and Prentavious Morehead.

"I really like SMU because it's close to home. I know Eric Dickerson went there, and they are on the rise," Gipson said. "They offered Brandon and Prentavious is coming too. We would like to stay together because we have great chemistry, and I think we can really make an impact at SMU."

If Gipson does indeed pick up the offer, he said he would ‘really think about committing.' Gipson says he's only spoken with SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips once but is looking forward to meeting with him on Saturday.

After the end of his senior season, Gipson hopes to visit ULM and Washington State.

SMU vs. Memphis Visitor List



2013

Salpointe (AZ) OL Travis Fister

West Orange Stark ATH J'Marcus Rhodes

Colleyville Heritage S Myles Crosby

Lakeview Centennial WR Jarvis Baxter (said he may not make it)

Dallas Kimball LB Brandon Hines

Dallas Kimball WR Prentavious Morehead

Dallas Kimball RB Teriyon Gipson

Dallas Pinkston ATH Trevon Roy

2014

Red Oak DB Payton Hendrix

Red Oak ATH Ronnie LaRue

Carthage QB Blake Bogenschutz

Clear Creek OL Myles Becnel

FB Bush WR Donald Monroe

FB Bush QB Ronald Monroe

2015

Prime Prep WR James Proche

SMU LB Taylor Reed On Memphis



Roy Hoping For SMU Offer



By EJ Holland

Jason Phillips seems to be making an effort to have a strong presence in DISD. The SMU wide receivers coach recently spoke to Dallas Pinkston athlete Trevon Roy about the possibility of becoming a Mustang.

"He was telling me to keep working and that he was going to make things happen," Roy said. "He said he would coach me up and really help me. I liked the way he was real and let me know what was going on."

Roy doesn't hold an offer just yet but is very interested in SMU and hopes to keep learning more about the program.

"It's right up the street from home, and I want to put on for my city," Roy said. "I really like SMU. If they offered me, I would definitely commit."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has caught 10 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and has racked up over 50 tackles this season. Roy said after watching SMU play against Houston, he could definitely see himself playing on either side of the ball.

"The game was exciting and everything the campus was really nice exciting. It was cool how they welcomed me and Brandon Hines like family," Roy said. "I liked the way they played. I'm an athlete so I'll play wide receiver or safety, wherever I can help them win."

Roy has also received interest from New Mexico and Central Arkansas but is still looking for his first offer.

TCU Commit Pondering SMU



By Beionny Mickles

Dallas Lincoln (TX) wide receiver Emmanuel Porter was scheduled to visit SMU when the Mustangs took on TCU but did not get the chance to make the trip. The 6-foot-5 185-pound receiver said he plans to schedule another visit in the coming weeks.

Porter says that he was contacted by SMU once through wide receiver coach Jason Phillips, who made an appearance at one of Porter's practices.

"I only talked to him once." Porter said. "He came out to practice and told me that he wanted me to come to one of the games so he could show me around and stuff."

Porter, who committed to TCU, says that his commitment is solid for right now but has been talking to SMU and Texas A&M so far. Porter says he would like to get offers from Texas A&M, West Virginia, and Baylor.

Porter has been working on parts of his game to be ready for the next level and he thinks that he can already see the results.

"Blocking, trying to get faster and working on my hand-eye coordination, things like that," Porter said. "I haven't run my forty yet, but I'm pretty sure I've gotten faster."

Porter, who says that SMU is in his top ten, had one catch for a 32-yard-touchdown last week in a 69-0 win against Thomas Jefferson. Porter says that he expects his Lincoln team to go deep in the playoffs this year.

"I know we can get into at least the third round of the playoffs." Porter said.

Pope Playing Well



By Billy Embody

SMU junior linebacker Kevin Pope had a break out game against Houston, but Pope was given a higher honor by being chosen as the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week. Pope returned a fumble on The Opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown and also recovered a fumble on a punt for the Mustangs.

"I felt real good. I knew it was just a matter of time, but I just got to keep working hard and putting in the work in practice and it's going to pay off in game time," Pope said.

Pope says the breakout game is due to the preparation that the coaching staff preaches each and everyday, but also the emphasis on taking the ball away from the other team, where SMU has excelled this season.

"Everyday coach (Tom) Mason, coach Joe (Haering) and coach (Frank) Ganz always stress getting the ball out any chance you have so we practice that everyday so it turns over into the game," Pope said.

Even though he backs up senior linebacker Taylor Reed, Pope knows that he is just going to keep competing at a high level everyday in hopes that he will be able to take advantage of his chances when given the time to play.

"It really doesn't affect it. I mean Taylor Reed is a senior so I am just doing what I can in a backup role and backing him up and giving him rest when he's tired," the Mt. Enterprise, Texas native said of the competition from all the depth.

Going into the Memphis game, the Houston win now gives SMU the momentum to do well against the Tigers after a few successful outings by the defense. Pope believes the last game was something the entire team can build off of.

"I definitely do. We just got to come out with great composure and just do what we got to do and good things will happen," Pope said.

Don't think that the team will let a Tulane slipup happen again because the team is stressing to everybody to take it one game at a time and take every game seriously.

"Just come out and execute. Don't take them lightly first of all and just come out and execute the play at hand," Pope said.

2014 Recruit Interested in SMU



By Beionny Mickles

Skyline (TX) defensive end Victor Evans is already being recruited heavily, and he isn't even a senior yet. The class of 2014 standout has been getting letters in the mail frequently and says that it's a blessing.

"It's just a blessing to be in the position that I'm in now," Evans said. "I haven't reached the goals that I want to reach yet so it's just a blessing to be where I am. I just thank God."

Evans has set very lofty goals for himself striving to become an All-American as well as the number one defensive end in his class. As of now, SMU is the only school that has officially offered him and he says that he really likes the Mustangs' program.

"SMU has a real strong defense," the 6-foot-3 223-pound Evans said. "I like how the guys that play my position stand up at linebacker. That's something I'm really good at. I really like SMU."

Because Evans is only a junior, by rule SMU can't recruit him as they would a regular high school senior. However, Evans says that he gets mail from the SMU every now and then, which lets him know that they are still very interested.

Evans says that he has been contacted by a number of other colleges including UCLA, Arizona State, Michigan and Michigan State. Evans says that he doesn't have a preference so far as to where he wants to go to school geographically, but he did say he wouldn't have a problem staying right here at home.

"SMU is like right down the street," Evans said. "I wouldn't have a problem going to SMU because it's close to home but right now I have to wait and see what other options I have in store."

Horton Recaps Visit



By Beionny Mickles

SMU hosted another commit from their 2013 recruiting class last Thursday when Garland (TX) linebacker Nick Horton got a chance to see the Mustangs live in Ford Stadium as they pulled out a big victory in conference play against Houston.

"It was a lot of fun," Horton said. "The team really got after it and added a lot of excitement to the game."

Horton, who arrived around 6 p.m., witnessed a game in which SMU produced a whopping nine takeaways. Horton got the chance to chat with defensive coordinator Tom Mason briefly before the game and says that he's been in contact with Mason on a weekly basis.

"Yeah I've been in contact with Coach Mason once a week," Horton said. "He just asks me how I'm doing and how my games are going and says how he can't wait to coach me next year."

Horton was accompanied at the game by his mother and grandfather, whom he said both enjoyed the evening as well. Horton said that one thing that added to the excitement was the fact that SMU played against one of his relatives. Senior Chevy Bennett is a safety for the Cougars and also happens to be Horton's cousin.

"They really liked it because I had a cousin that plays for Houston," Horton said. "She was rooting against him and having a lot of fun at the game. Every time SMU would do something good she would call my cousin's parents and joke to them about how bad they were losing."

Horton's Garland Owls are currently 4-4 overall but are undefeated in district play. Horton believes that they have a chance to go deep into the playoffs this year.

A look at how some of the SMU commits did…



- Roderick Moore had a lot of tackles at the line of scrimmage and delivered some big hits, but he really needs to improve his speed to succeed at SMU. In the second quarter was moved to defense end as Coach Samples brought on a speedier backer

- Jeremiah Gaines rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown as Red Oak upset Lancaster 17-0

- Jarvis Baxter caught six passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a 16-yard score in a 48-7 win over North Garland

- Jesse Brubaker recorded four receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 56-14 win over Royse City

- Dee Paul rushed for 95 yards and scored three total touchdowns in a 45-10 win over Muenster

- JaBryce Taylor caught six passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-7 win over College Park

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