The Holidays are coming to a close, but that doesn't mean SMU is done recruiting. With what appears to be one spot left, SMU would love to land any of these five uncommitted players.
1. DB Tere Calloway, Seattle Prep, 5-11 185
It's looking more and more like SMU will take a defensive back to fill up the Class of 2013. The top priority appears to be Calloway. The three-star corner has narrowed down his list to Nevada, SMU and Southern Miss. I believe SMU has leaped the other schools and is now the favorite to land Calloway. Nevada head coach Chris Ault announced his decision to leave just a few days ago so that has to be a tremendous factor considering Nevada was probably at the very top of his list. Southern Miss has a new coaching staff but Calloway was impressed with new head coach and former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken. But I believe SMU has the upper hand because of his long lasting relationship with the coaches- even though interest dropped off for a little bit- and his relationship with quarterback commit Kolney Cassel. Calloway is expected to make his decision very soon and could definitely be the newest Mustang
Chances of landing him: 75%
2. DB Jesse Montgomery, Dallas Madison, 6-3 175
As stated, Calloway's decision is on the way but if he waits too long, Mongomery could very well take his spot. We actually expected him to make a commitment to SMU after his visit a couple of weeks ago, but he decided to wait things out. This may cost him if Calloway does in fact choose SMU. Montgomery is currently committed to New Mexico and says he likes the fact that he can get away from home if he stays a Lobo. But Montgomery is a good student and was really impressed with SMU's engineering program. His parents really love SMU and would like to have their son closer to home. But the longer he waits on SMU, the more likely he'll stay committed to New Mexico. Montgomery is an under the radar prospect and was offered by Jason Phillips just last month. I think Calloway is the better option, but Montgomery is an athletic local kid with some potential and comes from the same school that produced former SMU running back Shawnbrey McNeal.
Chances of landing him: 50%
3. ATH Demarcus Ayers, Lancaster, 5-11 175
Landing Ayers would be huge. One of the best athletes in DFW, Ayers led Lancaster to the 4A Division II state championship game and totaled close to 3,000 yards of total offense. He projects as a slot receiver at the next level and would be lethal in the Run N' Shoot. The former Washington State commit opened things back up in mid-December and still named SMU among his top-8. But landing Ayers is a long shot. He said a visit to SMU was possible but not a sure thing. And if SMU can't get him on campus, there is no chance. Ayers has already taken officials to Wazzu and West Virginia so only three more remain. Jason Phillips also did a very poor job of staying in contact with him early in the recruiting process. Although the relationship has progressed, it's almost certainly too little too late.
Chances of landing him: 10%
4. ATH Tatum Taylor, O'Dea, 5-10 160
As Russell reported before Christmas, Taylor's interest in SMU has diminished. He once had SMU in his top schools but lack of communication with the staff coupled with new BCS offers and no track program ruined the Ponies' chances. The three-star prospect, who runs a blazing 4.21, would have also been a dynamite athlete in the Run N' Shoot offense, but I just don't see it happening. Taylor has already taken officials to Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State. SMU does not appear to be in his visit plans. The only thing that could give the Mustangs a flicker of hope is if his best friend, Calloway, commits and somehow convinces Taylor to join him on the Hilltop.
Chances of landing him: 2%
5. NT Brian Pullen, China Spring, 6-1 285
Pullen is new name to us here at Pony Stampede. We haven't gotten a chance to talk to him because like I said in the note before Christmas, we didn't really want to bother recruits during the holidays. Remember they are just 17-year olds. But as first reported by Damon Sayles of ESPN a few days after Christmas, Pullen has been in contact with Bert Hill and has a top three of Baylor, SMU and UNT even though none have offered. When asked about SMU, Pullen told Sayles, "SMU has a really nice school, and it'd be a real good fit as far as my major goes. I want to major in software engineering. I've been in touch with them, and they definitely seem interested. I'm just waiting on the phone call." I just don't think Pullen will get that phone call but if he does get an offer, he will more than likely commit right away. It's no secret SMU desperately needs some help at nose tackle, but I think they are just going to wait and load up at the position in 2014.
Chances of landing him: 99% if offered
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