5 Recruits SMU Whiffed On

Pony Stampede Editorial Intern Russell Palmer lists his top five recruits SMU whiffed on

1. Kyle Schafenacker

Schafenacker, a very talented guard out of one of the top programs in the country in St. Thomas Aquinas, held an SMU offer, and reportedly had high interest in the Mustangs, and even tried to commit, only to be told SMU was filled at offensive line. This makes the commitment of William Barns even more peculiar, as Shafenacker is much more highly thought of. Unfortunately, with the troubles Brian Taylor had and now is not part of the 2013 class, Shafenacker would have been a perfect fit for this program.

2. Greg Ward

Ward, a current Houston commit, picked up an SMU offer late in the process, and was reportedly very interested in the Mustang program. However, after offering Ward, the SMU coaches did a poor job of keeping in touch with Ward, and had no reason to decommit from the Cougar program. If Ward had committed, he would have been far and away the best receiver in this class, and a perfect fit for the Run N' Shoot offense.

3. Brandon Hines

Hines had a very odd recruitment to say the least. Despite holding offers from teams like Baylor and Purdue, and being rated a three-star, Hines committed to New Mexico State. Hines did take a visit to SMU back in the fall, and liked his visit so much he tried calling the SMU coaching staff to commit, but they would not listen, as they were already full at the position. Hines would have been the best linebacker in the class had he committed, and a very good prospect overall.

4. Byron Bonds

Bonds, a defensive tackle out of Allen would have been the ideal player to fill a huge need for the Mustangs. Bonds would not have been an easy get, as he is committed to Baylor, but had SMU got in the early on his recruitment, they could have gained his commitment. To not even offer Bonds was a huge mistake by the SMU coaching staff especially since his uncle played on the Hilltop.

5. Poet Thomas

Thomas, another defensive tackle, was in fact offered by the Mustangs, but that is about all the contact he ever had with the coaching staff. Thomas's recruiting coordinator was Bert Hill, who did not only fail to maintain contact with Thomas, but also ignored Thomas's attempts to get in touch with him. Thomas tried multiple times to call Hill, but Hill did not pick up. Thomas would have filled a major need for SMU on either line, and it is a shame the SMU coaching staff did not maintain contact with Thomas.

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