When it comes to the Class of 2014, the SMU staff is finally trying to get a jump-start on athletes in their own backyard.
North Dallas produces some of the most disciplined and intelligent players in the metroplex, which is why SMU running backs coach Wes Suan has been in contact with Richardson athlete Kendrick Igbinoba.
"I've talked to Coach Suan a few times on the phone. He's been telling me they are very interested in me," Igbinoba said. "He seems like a really cool guy and someone that would be great to play for. I just want to keep getting to know him better."
And Igbinoba will get that chance at SMU junior day. In fact, one of the things he's looking forward to the most is meeting all the coaches and learning how he'll fit into the offense.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder played mostly running back for Richardson last season but was used in variety of ways in different packages and averaged 12 yards per touch.
"I just want to see the campus and how they run their offense since I know it's pretty pass heavy," Igbinoba. "I went to the game when they played Texas A&M, and it was really fun. Even though they lost, I got to see everything first hand. I think I'll be a running back at SMU, but I'm down to play whatever."
Igbinoba has also received junior day invites from Mississippi State and UTSA but says SMU is at the top of his list.
"SMU is probably my favorite right now. It would be really exciting if I picked up the offer on junior day," he said. "I love how they are going to the Big East and what June Jones is doing with the program."
After getting blown out by Allen in the first round of the playoffs last year, Igbinoba is not only determined to pick up an array of offers this spring but also to help his team go farther in 2013.
"The offseason has been going really good," he said. "We are doing a bunch of Nebraska power workouts, but I've also been trying to improve my speed. I'm really excited about next season."
Igbinoba Visiting SMU For Junior Day
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