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Expected Junior Day Visitors


Jordan Severt, Austin Westlake, 6-4, 225- Holds an SMU offer. Was a 15-5A first-team all district selection.

Darrell Colbert, Houston Lamar, 5-10, 165- Holds an SMU offer. Passed for 2,500 yards and led Lamar to the state title game. Was named 20-5A Co-MVP.

Destri White, Mesquite Horn, 6-0, 180- Passed for 2,200 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 806 yards and eight touchdowns. Named 12-5A Offensive MVP.

John Wolford, Bishop Kenny (FL), 6-2, 210- Holds offers from Florida Atlantic, Idaho and Mississippi State. Passed for 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns and was named 5A first-team all state.

Blake Bogenschutz, Carthage, 6-0, 180- Passed for 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns and was named 20-3A MVP. Interest from UNT.

Sean Aboderin, FB Austin, 6-1, 205- Passed for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns. Interest from UNT.

Bear Fenimore, Austin Westwood, 6-2, 215- Passed for 1,680 yards and eight touchdowns. Attended Oklahoma State junior day.

Trenton Jones, Killeen Ellison, 6-0, 190- Passed for 500 yards and six touchdowns

David Blogh, Carrollton Creekview, 6-2, 200- 10-4A first team all district

Ryan Cottinghame, Sunnyvale, 6-4, 200- UNT interest

Dra Smith, Bonham, 6-2, 185- 12-3A MVP

Running Backs

Vic Enwere, FB Austin, 6-1, 210- Holds an SMU offer. Rushed for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns and was named 23-5A Offensive MVP.

Cedric Dale, Keller Timber Creek, 5-9, 175- Three-star with an offer from Texas Tech. Attended Baylor and Oklahoma State junior days.

Kendrick Igbinoba, Richardson, 6-2, 220- Rushed for 400 yards and a touchdown. Attended Mississippi State junior day.

Justyn Oliphant, Mesquite Horn, 5-9, 170- 400 rushing yards and one touchdown

Reggie Gipson, Tyler John Tyler, 5-9, 175- 272 rushing yards and four touchdowns

C.J. Green, Clear Creek, 5-10, 175- Rushed for 265 yards and two touchdowns

Marcus Anderson, Harker Heights, 5-9, 200- Baylor interest

Tyrone Owens, Manor, 5-10, 185- UNT interest

Kijana Amous, Mansfield Legacy, 5-10, 195- 1,002 rushing yards

Thomas Middleton, Cedar Park, 6-1, 220- TCU interest


Trevor Long, East Bernard, 6-5, 205- Offers from Rice and SMU

Kade Clayton, Tyler Grace, 6-1, 180- 1,511 yards rushing, 502 yards rushing, 32 touchdowns

Tanner Barr, Gilmer, 6-1, 170- Passed for 2,950 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 900 yards and five touchdowns. 3A all-state honorable mention.

Wesley Thompson, Tyler Chapel Hill, 6-2, 190- 16-3A first team all district kick returner. 600 rushing yards and 95 tackles.

JaQuay Pough, Sherman, 6-1, 200- 13-4A first team all district wide receiver and honorable mention outside linebacker

Ronnie LaRue, Bishop Dunne, 6-0, 180- Hurt most of the year. Played safety and quarterback at Red Oak before transferring. Attended Baylor junior day.

Rayjohn Ramsey-Austin, Converse Judson, 6-2, 180- 1,221 yards passing, 350 yards rushing, 15 total touchdowns

DeVondrick Dixon, Gilmer, 6-0, 180- Rushed for 225 yards, had 290 yards receiving and notched 32 tackles.

Larry Pryor Jr., Sulphur Springs, 6-0, 190- 2015. Totaled 53 tackles and three interceptions. Had 200 receiving yards.

Terrance Ivery, Mansfield Legacy, 5-9, 170- 488 receiving yards and 769 kick return yards and three touchdowns.

Darius Nelms, Conroe, 5-8, 170- 166 receiving yards, 216 rushing yards, three touchdowns

Tritavious Jones, North Forney, 6-0, 180- Played both running back and linebacker

Nick Cain, Tyler John Tyler, 5-9, 165- Plays wide receiver, corner and quarterback

Sammy Wilson, Highland Park, 5-11, 175- Navy interest

Tyler Scott, Red Oak, 5-9, 165- 368 rushing yards and 468 receiving yards

Wide Receivers

T.V. Williams, McKinney, 5-10, 150- Holds offers from California, Houston and Nebraska. Caught 45 passes for 789 yards and 10 touchdowns

Ian Sadler, Argyle, 5-11, 190- Texas Tech offer

Shelby Walker, Houston Lamar, 5-11, 170- Holds offers from SMU and Houston. Caught 27 passes for 522 yards and seven touchdowns.

Emmanuel Harris, Dallas Skyline, 5-10, 170- Holds SMU offer. Caught 21 passes for 358 yards.

Verkedrick Vaughns, Mesquite Poteet, 5-10, 180- Northwestern offer. First team all district

James Proche, Prime Prep, 6-0, 175- 2015. Holds an SMU offer

Trae Hart, Dallas First Baptist, 5-11, 165- Led the state with 2,044 yards and 29 touchdowns

Kaelin Deboskie, Salpointe (AZ), 5-9, 165- Caught 72 passes for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns at Colleyville Heritage this season

Fonzale Davis, South Oak Cliff, 5-11, 175- Caught 43 passes for 777 yards and nine touchdowns and was named 11-4A first team all district.

Tyrique Edwards, Sachse, 6-0, 180- 705 yards and six touchdowns. First team all district

Stoney Hawkins, Frisco Centennial, 6-3, 210- First team all district with 56 receptions for 606 yards and 10 touchdowns

Greg Campbell, Humble Atascocita, 6-0, 150- 13-5A first team all district

Brock Thomas, TCA, 6-0, 175- 1,231 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns

Josh Quinn, Sunnyvale, 6-3, 175- 1,003 yards and 16 touchdowns

Brandon Colon, Los Fresnos, 6-4, 200- 32-5A first team all district

Cedric Williams, Converse Judson, 6-3, 205- 25-5A second team all district

James Mayden, Sachse, 6-2, 180- Second team all district

Nate Gaines, Mesquite Poteet, 6-2, 165- 29 receptions for 296 yards and six touchdowns

Kody Edwards, Mesquite Poteet, 5-9, 170- 18 recepions for 370 yards and four touchdowns

Karl Smith, Conroe, 6-2, 190- Second team all district

Bobby Baze, Prime Prep, 6-0, 160- Caught three passes for 77 yards

Marcus Haskins, Prosper, 6-2, 190- Six receptions for 45 yards

Jaries King, Arlington Lamar, 6-4, 205- Hurt in 2012

Spencer Smith, FB Hightower, N/A- Cousin of SMU safety Ryan Smith

Devyn Williams, Killeen, 5-11, 165- Second team all district Offensive Lineman

Jovan Pruitt, Bishop Dunne, 6-6, 295- Three-star with offers from Baylor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas

Zach Rogers, Hebron, 6-3, 275- 2015. Offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech and UCLA

Aaron Garza, Sherman, 6-3, 305- Baylor Offer

Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches, 6-3, 285- Three-star ranked as the No. 4 center in 2014.

Braylon Hyder, Houston Lamar, 6-3, 270- Holds SMU offer

Chad Pursley, Mansfield Legacy, 6-5, 235- SMU offer Tejan Koroma, Allen, 6-0, 260- First team all state

Zach White, Plano West, 6-2, 290- Honorable mention all state

Jonathan Alvarez, Mesquite Horn, 6-3, 300- Honorable mention all state

Myles Becnel, Clear Creek, 6-4, 265- First team all district

Cole Collier, Prosper, 6-3, 305- 11-3A first team all district

Bailey Burton, Clear Creek, 6-0, 260- Texas State interest

Ryan Reprogle, FB Austin, 6-4, 290- UTSA interest

Adrian Goodacre, Carthage, 6-4, 310- First team all district

AJ Roland, Sachse, 6-1, 270- First team all district

Durel Dolford, FB Hightower, 6-0, 250- Rice interest

Bobby Limon, Lehman, 6-2, 305- Texas State interest

David Vinson, Irving MacArthur, 6-2, 230- Second team all district

Taylor Dunham, North Forney, 6-3, 270- Second team all district

Bill Weber, Coppell, 6-6, 305- Kansas State interest

Charlie Bray, Pottsboro, 6-6, 335- First team all district

Jason Foley, Lewisville, 6-2, 285- Second team all district

Defensive Lineman

DE Victor Evans, Dallas Skyline, 6-3, 225- Three star with offers from SMU, Texas Tech and Tulsa

DE Grant Blankenship, The Colony, 6-6, 240- Offers from Ole Miss, North Texas, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech and Tulsa

DE Jake McMillon, Abilene, 6-3, 240- Offers from SMU and Texas State

NT Mike Thomas, Dallas Skyline, 6-2, 300- SMU offer

DE Anthony Villalobos, Keller Fossil Ridge, 6-3, 240- SMU offer

DE Daniel Wise, Hebron, 6-3, 220- SMU Offer

NT Jordan Wells, Navasota, 6-0, 230- First team all state with 103 tackles including 40 for loss and six sacks

NT Andrew Morris, Mesquite Horn, 6-2, 285- First team all district

NT Denzel Thomas, Mesquite Poteet, 6-1, 230- First team all district

DE Hunter Swain, Sachse, 6-1, 265- Second team all district

NT Travaughn Moore, Tyler John Tyler, 6-2, 265- Second team all district

NT Davious Ballard, Irving, 6-4, 290- 2015. Big 12 interest.

DE Andrew Clyde, Highland Park, 6-2, 230- 10-4A First team all district

NT Zach Carpenter, Conroe, 5-11, 300- Second team all district

DE Zach Rasmussen, St. Benedict Prep (Ark.), 6-3, 250- 55 tackles and five sacks

NT Patrick Ellis, North Forney, 6-0, 240- Second team all district

DE Nigel Naulls, Dallas Episcopal, 6-1, 225- Baylor interest

NT Josh Webb, Plano West, 6-1, 280- Rice interest

DE Justin Hollins, Arlington Grace Prep, 6-5, 210- Indiana interest

DE Silvester Hayes, South Oak Cliff, 6-3, 210- Colorado interest

NT JT Williams, Denton Ryan, 6-2, 255- Missouri interest

NT Deshawn Washington, Nederland, 6-3, 275- Texas Tech interest

Michael Epley, Leander, 6-3, 240- 48 tackles and five sacks


Christian Sam, Allen, 6-2, 205- Offers from Baylor, Boise State, SMU and Texas Tech

Tay Evans, Allen, 6-3, 205- Offers from Boise State, Rice and SMU

Justin Phillips, Pearland, 5-11, 190- Three star with offers from Northwestern and Oklahoma State

Lance Cottrell, Plano West, 6-2, 205- SMU Commit

Josh Ehambe, Prime Prep, 6-3, 235- SMU and TCU offers

Sam Sizelove, Argyle, 6-4, 230- Offers from SMU, Washington State, Texas Tech and UNT

Andrew Clark, Tyler John Tyler, 6-1, 210- TCU interest

Cody Rosales, East Bernard, 6-2, 190- 2 State Championship Defensive MVP

Justin Johnson, Converse Judson, 6-0, 215- First team all district with 121 tackles

Tyler Martinez, Hallsville, 6-0, 220- First team all district

Bryan Hudson, Sachsse, 6-0, 230- 70 tackles and a sack

Bryce Ford, North Forney, 6-0, 225- Second team all district

Bricky Reed, Paris, 5-11, 225- 13-3A MVP

Lonnie O'Neal, Conroe, 6-0, 210- Second team all district

Brock Bacon,TCA,6-3, 225- UTSA interest

Dylan Lewis, Brownwood, 6-0, 200- 115 tackles

Rashad La'Fond SA Roosevelt, 5-11, 190- Mississippi State interest

Darius Amie, Tyler John Tyler, 6-1, 220- 23 tackles

Dakota Allen, Summer Creek, 6-1, 225- 71 tackles

David Griffith, Plano, 6-2, 190- Rice interest

Malik Marshall, Dallas Carter, 6-0, 200- TCU interest

Defensive Backs

Nick Watkins, Bishop Dunne, 6-1, 190- Four-star ranked as the No. 5 corner in 2014 with offers from Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Ohio State and many others

Derrick Dixon, Skyline, 5-11, 185- Offers from SMU, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia

Marcus Green, Cedar Hill, 6-1, 170- Three star with offers from Missouri and Ole Miss

Nehemiah Wagner, Mesquite Horn, 6-0, 170- Three star

Chad Adams, Allen, 5-10, 170- Offer from Rice

Jyaz Jones, South Oak Cliff, 6-0, 180- Offer from New Mexico State

Mookie Carlile, Stephenville, 6-1, 180- Honorable mention all state

Mayomi Olootu, Allen, 5-9, 165- First team all district

Terry Ausborne, Tyler John Tyler, 5-11, 170- 86 tackles and six interceptions

Marcus Hubbard, Sachse, 5-10, 170- First team all district

Quinlan Gaines, Little Elm, 5-9, 170- First team all-district

VJ Banks, Bryan, 6-2, 175- First team all district

Chad Shannon, Dallas Kimball, 5-8, 150- Oklahoma State interest

Ian Neithercut, Frisco Centennial, 5-9, 170- UNT interest

Justin Dunning, Whitehouse, 6-3, 190- 2015. 62 tackles and five interceptions

Payton Hendrix, Red Oak, 6-2, 170- 86 tackles and four interceptions

Grant Aschenbeck, East Bernard, 6-2, 195- 74 tackles and five interceptions

Greg Johnson, Tyler John Tyler, 5-11, 170- 36 tackles

Jacob Nwangwa, Arlington, 6-1, 180- Tulsa interest

Marcus White, Forney, 5-7, 145- 48 tackles and one one interception

J.T. Ibe, Mansfield, 6-0, 185- Rice interest

BJ Fashola, Klein, 6-1, 190- Houston interest

Reese Thompson, Argyle, 5-11, 170- Texas Tech interest

Jacob Sisk, Colleyville Heritage, 6-0, 180- UNT interest

Oshen Mathieson, Plano West, 5-11, 185- TCU interest

Peter Cimino, Plano West, 5-9, 150- Played on JV

Guys That Will Miss

QB Foster Sawyer, FW All Saints- Basketball tournament

QB Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse- LSU junior day

DE Reggie Long, Whitehouse- Travel problems

DB John Bonney, Houston Lamar- LSU junior day

OL Ty Barrett, Dallas Skyline- TCU visit

ATH Kent Myers, Sachse- Prior engagement

NT Zaycoven Henderson, Longview- Travel Problems

WR Dorian Leonard, Longview- Travel Problems

DE Sekou Clark, Denton Ryan- Prior Engagement

NT Trey Lealaimatafao, SA Warren- Texas State junior day

Collin Bailey, EP Chapin- UTSA junior day

Michael Leagan, La Porte- Texas State junior day SMU Offers Local 2014 WR

By EJ Holland

When SMU offered Emmanuel Harris earlier this week, the Dallas Skyline wide receiver was filled with a mix of emotions.

"I was surprised. I was excited. I was overwhelmed. It was just great," he said. "It was like a dream because that's all I've ever wanted. I hadn't been hearing a lot from schools so when my high school coach told me SMU offered, I was so excited."

Just a few weeks ago, SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips visited with Harris and the rest of the Skyline crew. While Harris wasn't the primary reason he was there, Phillips was impressed with his workout.

"Coach Phillips talked to me for a little bit, but we didn't get to have a full conversation," Harris said. "He just called me over and asked me who I was an said he liked what I was doing so I'm really excited that he decided to offer me."

The possibility of playing close to home and with some teammates really intrigues Harris, who hopes to learn more about SMU at junior day.

"I really like SMU right now. I'm excited about going to SMU tomorrow, and I expect to see a nice school and a nice environment," he said. "I know a lot of my teammates have offers, and I would love to play with them because they are like family. Me and Victor Evans are riding together, and he likes SMU too."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder caught 21 passes for 358 yards last season. He hasn't received any other junior day invites but has interest from Texas A&M.

Local 2014 OL Picks Up SMU Offer

By Beionny Mickles

Mansfield Legacy offensive tackle Chad Pursley was caught off guard when SMU extended an offer.

"I was really excited about it (the offer). It was really unexpected," Pursley said. "I'm looking forward to visiting on Saturday for junior day."

Pursley, who is smaller than most players at his position at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, was coached in high school by one of the newest SMU staff members, offensive graduate assistant Tommy Poynter.

Poynter was a three-year letterman at SMU from 2006-2008, earning a scholarship after walking on in 2004 and told Pursley about the offer.

Poynter beefed up by 50 lbs. in order to play on the offensive line for the Mustangs and this is something that Pursley will be striving to do over the next year-and-a-half as well.

"By the summer I'm trying to get up to 250 then I'm just going to build up from there," Pursley said. "Every day I'm just trying to gain weight and bulk up. I eat a lot, probably six to eight meals a day."

Pursley, who says schools such as Tulsa, Iowa State, Illinois, Oklahoma State and Missouri are all interested in him, has one other junior day invitation thus far from North Texas. While at SMU's junior day, Pursley hopes to get a feel for the campus and what the school has to offer.

"I'm going to be looking at what the campus is like and seeing if I could get used to it," Pursley said. "I'm looking forward to meeting all the coaches, players and prospects."

Pursley has never before taken a trip to the Hilltop but thinks that SMU being close to home is a great thing. Pursley says location is very important to him because he'd like to be able to see his family.

Colbert Excited About Junior Day

By EJ Holland

SMU recently offered Houston Lamar quarterback Darrell Colbert, who will be attending junior day.

"I'm expecting to go down there and see the campus and meet the whole coaching staff," Colbert said. "I'm really excited about it and looking forward to it."

June Jones personally extended the offer to Colbert. But he has since been in contact with SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips.

"Coach Phillips has been telling me that they like me a lot," Colbert said. "He said that they do need a dual-threat quarterback like me and that they would really like me to choose SMU."

Will he? Colbert says it's a strong possibility especially since a few of his teammates also hold offers.

"Right now, SMU is high on my list. It's a good school education wise and Coach Jones is an offensive guru," Colbert said. "We've all talked about everybody going to SMU. Shelby Walker and Braylon Hyder really like it so we'll see."

Colbert saysnMissouri is close to offering and the Tigers have extended a junior day invite. He also has invites from Georgia Tech, Houston, Oklahoma State and North Texas.

Bogenschutz Attending Junior Day

By Billy Embody

Carthage (TX) quarterback Blake Bogenschutz is ready to get back to SMU for junior day on Saturday. Bogenschutz was a frequent visitor to SMU in the fall and although he does not hold an offer, he is excited to see more of SMU.

"Oh yeah I am really excited about it," he said. "I'm especially excited to see the campus and stuff."

SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill handled getting Bogenschutz all set to come to the Hilltop. Hill emailed back and forth with Bogenschutz to get him an itinerary and then told Bogenschutz that the staff was excited for him to get there.

Bogenschutz will make the two-hour drive over to Dallas with his dad with a plan of getting a bigger picture of SMU and everything it can offer him.

"I just want to get to know the coaches a little better. I got to know a majority of them since I went to a few games this season. I also want to visit the weight room and the parts that I haven't been able to see yet," said the 6-foot, 180-pound signal caller. "I'm always going to hope for a hard offer

Bogenschutz has been in contact with North Texas offensive coordinator Mike Canales, who extended an invite to come to UNT's junior day on February 23 and Bogenschutz will be there as well.

Hart Ready For Junior Day

By Beionny Mickles

Dallas First Baptist Academy wide receiver Trae Hart will be on the Hilltop for SMU junior day.

Hart, who will be amongst some of the most talented players in his class of 2014, says he's excited for the opportunity to get a deeper look into what the school has to offer.

"I'm just going to be looking to see how I would fit into their offense," said the 5-foot-11 160-pound athlete. "I also want to see their weight room and find out a little bit more about their academics because you know football isn't going to last forever."

Hart says the top three characteristics he's looking for in a university are style of offense, a coaching staff that he can trust and academics.

Hart has yet to speak with any members of the SMU coaching staff personally, but has gotten mail from wide receivers coach Jason Phillips and looks forward to meeting him.

SMU won't be the only junior day that Hart will be attending. A couple weeks back he traveled to Waco for Baylor's junior day and he'll be going down to Houston for Rice's on March 17.

Hart says although it is nice to see schools around the area interested in him, location won't factor into his decision as heavily as opportunity.

"I'd like to be close to home, but I want to go to the school that offers me the best opportunity," Hart said.

Hart, who says he's been clocked in at 4.4, will be running track this spring in addition to trying to put on weight. Hart says that if he can grow an inch or two and get to his desired weight, his coach thinks he can be one of the best prospects around.

"This offseason I'm hitting the weight room hard with my receivers coach," Hart said. "By the start of next season my coach wants me to be at 170. He says that if I can get to 170 and maybe grow a couple inches, I'll be dominant."

Mahomes Opts For LSU

By Russell Palmer

Ever since the end of football season, 2014 dual-threat quarterback Patrick Mahomes has had a lot of time to focus on his recruitmen and junior day invtes from some of the top programs in the country.

"I got junior day invites from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Baylor, and I am going to the LSU junior day Saturday," he said.

Mahomes, from Whitehouse, was planning on attending SMU's junior day but once the late invite from LSU came, he decided to head down to Baton Rouge instead.

However, Mahomes still holds high interest in SMU, and says the Run N' Shoot offense could be a very good fit for him.

"I like SMU. I talked to the recruiting coach from my area, and he just told me more about the program," he said. "I like their style of offense and think I would work well with it."

Mahomes, would currently holds offers from Rice and Texas Tech, hopes to add more after successful junior days, and says that he could be willing to make a decision soon, if it comes from a school that he has already visited.

One drawback that may hinder SMU's chances to gain the commitment of Holmes if they offer him is his love for baseball.

"Playing baseball in college is also a major factor for me. I've played all through high school and really want to play it in college," he said. "The Texas Tech baseball coach already said he'd be very interested in me playing for them, so that's nice to hear.

SMU, as has been well documented, does not currently have a varsity baseball team, which seems like it will seriously hinder their chances at receiving serious consideration from Mahomes.

Caldwell Interested In SMU

By Russell Palmer

Dallas St. Marks wide receiver John Caldwell says academics is one of the biggest factors in his decision process, and once you see the list of schools he is looking at, you really understand how serious he is about that.

"So far it has been a wide variety of schools. In particular, I am interested in Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Dartmouth, SMU and TCU." he said, "My mom actually went to SMU so they've always been interesting to me."

Now that his junior season is over, Caldwell has much more time to focus on his recruitment, which means setting dates and visiting campuses. First off will be TCU, where Caldwell hopes to learn more about the Horned Frogs.

"I've been talking to their coaches a lot recently. It is close to home which I like and seems like a nice place." he said, "SMU has a lot of things I like too, but their coaches haven't really been in contact that much."

When trying to find the right program, Caldwell says feeling comfortable with the coaching staff is very important, and the SMU coaches not being in touch doesn't help.

"I want to go to a school with good academics, good football and a place that feels like home." he said, "I want to feel comfortable with the coaching staff, both on and off the field."

In terms of making his final decision, Caldwell says he has a long way to go before that happens, and wants to see every campus before he does so.

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